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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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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To find the truth, follow the lies. See more »

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?


Temperatures were regularly in excess of 120 degrees in the Savannah location. Filming was also disrupted by a tornado. See more »


When Brenner, as White, presents his ID to the MP at the post gate, it lists his rank as '1st Sarg.' proper Army abbreviation for this rank is 1SG. See more »


[Going through Campbell's highly organized closet]
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, C.I.D.: This was one squared-away soldier. Equally prepared for a military ball or the next war in the jungle.
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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 »


Amazing Grace
Lyric by John Newton
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Overly Talky, But Well Made
12 June 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Overly talkative and overly complex, "The General's Daughter" just doesn't know when to quit. Still, there's no denying it is a well-made, well-acted effort from director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). John Travolta stars as Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, determined to get to the bottom of the murder of a respected base commander's daughter. Of course very little is as it initially seems as Brenner peels back one layer of lies after another -- some surprising, others less so. The final truth is so bizarre and disturbing that even the most experienced viewers won't guess it. More focus and a shorter running time would have helped this one.

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