The General's Daughter (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  18 June 1999 (USA)
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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Weireter ...
Dalbert Elkins
Col. Donald Slesinger
Capt. Jake Elby
Capt. Bransford
Capt. Goodson
Cal Seivers


The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija del general  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,332,053 (USA) (18 June 1999)


SGD 426,496 (Singapore) (26 November 1999)

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Did You Know?


The 7th Psychological Operations Group, which in this movie is based at the fictitious Fort MacCallum, Georgia, does exist. It is a psy-ops unit of the United States Army Reserve. It has its headquarters at Moffett Field, California. Until 1994 it had its headquarters at San Francisco's Presidio. The 7th has four battalions at four different Army posts. No listing for a 5th Instructional Detachment appears in any searchable record. See more »


There is a scene where Warrant Officer Brenner is backing his car toward several soldiers standing in the road. We see the soldiers through the front windshield as if he has passed them then we see them again with Brenner's car approaching as in the first scene. See more »


Brenner: I told you when we started that we'd get the son of a bitch, sir. I just never figured the son of a bitch was you.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll scenes from the alternate version are shown. See more »


References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »


Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
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Seen it many times and still enjoying
17 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have developed a large DVD library over the years, some 1,000 today! There are only a few which I will see more than once or twice. And The General's Daughter is one I keep seeing with pleasure. You will have read many reviews, scattering ratings from 1 to 10, as usual, but with a poor average rate. I personally like the movie for its excellent tempo and accompanying music. Travolta, Cromwell and Stowe fit their respective role perfectly. The global integration of filming, dialogs, acting and plot come out exactly right. So of course I try to understand why the rating is so poor. I have read criticism regarding the poor adaptation from the book, the way the army is depicted so unjustly, the average performance of Travolta and his annoying southern accent and more. Well, we have the right to our choices and own judgment. On a closing note, I wish people would stop repeating the plot in their reviews: it's boring, redundant and does not provide a bit of film analysis.

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