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The General's Daughter (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  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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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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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general | army | detective | murder | captain | See more »

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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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18 June 1999 (USA)  »

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La hija del general  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£817,971 (UK) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

SGD 426,496 (Singapore) (26 November 1999)
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In the armory scene, Belling takes an M-16 out of a box with an M-203 grenade launcher attached to it. In the next shot the grenade launcher is gone and the M-16 has standard hand guards. See more »

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Col. George Fowler: [to Brenner] You couldn't expect the man to deal with his own child. She was screaming such vituperations at him.
Brenner: Of course not.
Col. George Fowler: So he called me, and he asked me to deal with it. And I went. And I found her dead.
Brenner: You found her dead?
Col. George Fowler: [low] Of course. But you will never get me to testify against the general.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell: [alarmed] What?
Col. George Fowler: I've been by Joe Campbell's side too many times. Looked death in the face with him too many times. I will not back down now.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell: What in God's name are you talking about?
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"What is worse than rape?" "Betrayal."
16 July 1999 | by (San Diego, CA.) – See all my reviews

ABOUT THE MOVIE:

I just saw The General's Daughter (1999) yesterday. A really good movie, with an excellent cast, and a really thrilling plot.

The movie starts with Paul Brenner (John Travolta) who talks with a sort of "Texarino" accent. Later the story gives introduction to Elizabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson) who seems to be a nice woman with order and discipline. As the story goes on, we discover the nice woman gets raped and killed, and as the investigation about her murder starts, we start knowing that that woman is not as nice as she looked but she sure had a dominant personality and a dark past. The investigation given by Brenner (Travolta) and Sarah Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) starts somehow confusing and as it keeps going it keeps getting less confusing. By when the plot is getting to its culminating moment we start getting behind the truth and discovering what really happened to/with the general's daughter.

This film has a really intriguing plot. It's amazing to know what a father would chose to do to her daughter in order to keep the good reputation of an organization. And it's amazing to know what a daughter would do to teach her father that some things can't just be forgotten. And it's also amazing to know how many people can be involved in one simple but really serious crime. We can just think that it's only about knowing who the victim is and finding out who the criminal is, but it's not just that.

In this movie we see how much many people know and how many are blamed. The General says, "Just find the son of a bitch." Brenner answers, "I will, sir." The story ends telling that just because you did not physically commit the crime, it does not mean you are not the son of a bitch.

The General's Daughter is a must-see film. It teaches, it blames, it makes you think, it entertains you. But more importantly, it shows you what's worse than rape. Elizabeth, the general's daughter, could forget that she was raped, could put aside that she was rape... but she couldn't forget and put aside that she was betrayed by her own father.

FILM EVALUATION: 9 out of 10. ***3/4 out of ****.

ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTER:

John Travolta is one of my favorite actors. I love the strong personality he gives to his characters. Face/Off (1997) is my favorite film from him, then Pulp Fiction (199?), The General's Daughter (1999), and Broken Arrow (199?). Some other films from him I like too, like Look Who's Talkin' (199?).

EVALUATION FOR TRAVOLTA'S PERFORMANCE IN THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER (1999): 10 OUT OF 10. **** out ****.


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