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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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John Cusack was, at one time, the lead candidate for Paul Brenner. But it was agreed that he was too young for the role. See more »

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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 »

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Brenner: Here you are, sir?
[pulls out folded piece of paper]
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell: What is that?
Brenner: The names of the perpetrators by associate agent Sunhill, found with a minimum of trouble. Apple pie, sir.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell: That's just brilliant.
Brenner: Each man will be looking at twenty years, sir.
Col. George Fowler: I think you'd better go now.
Brenner: Fine. We'll just deal with the phone call issue tomorrow, if you prefer... perhaps before your flight.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell: What phone call issue?
Brenner: I have excellent reason to believe that Moore phoned you at 0300 hours the night of the murder.
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As the end credits roll scenes from the alternate version are shown. See more »

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Referenced in The General's Son (2000) See more »

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Lots Of Pluses and Minuses, But Entertaining
3 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent drama marred only by a little too much profanity and the normal Hollywood obsession of portraying the United States military as corrupt. (I have a news flash for filmmakers: there are some honest men in the military....really!!!) Feminism in the armed forces is another "agenda" item in this film.

There are many pluses, however, with this movie that should be noted. . The acting is excellent with a deep cast featuring John Travolta, James Cromwell, Madeline Stowe, Timothy Hutton, James Woods, Clarence Williams III, Leslie Stefanson and more.

I loved the dialog between Travola and Woods. It reminded me of the film noir films of the 1940s. The general's daughter, Stephanson, is a bit hard-edged in here but it's understandable when you find out why she acts the way she does. The characters the actors are all interesting and the story hooks you in right away. The cinematography is great. This looks stunning on DVD.

There are no lulls in this film and the action isn't overdone, either. Very entertaining.


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