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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Douglas turned down the lead role. See more »


At the end of the movie, Brenner tells LTG Campbell that he is going to charge him under Article 32 of the UCMJ. Article 32 is not a punitive article. It is an article concerning a procedural hearing akin to a grand jury in the civilian court system. See more »


Colonel Robert Moore: When did... the event transpire?
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner: Zero four hundred, we think.
Colonel Robert Moore: Hmm. See that? My quick segue back to the case.
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner: Subtle as a chainsaw. And where were you?
Colonel Robert Moore: Snug in bed.
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner: Witnesses? A wife, girlfriend, roommate, hooker?
Colonel Robert Moore: I'm divorced. I'm between girlfriends, I live alone and I do not use hookers. I actually have... absolutely no alibi whatsoever. Does that make me a killer?
Warrant Officer Paul Brenner: No. Makes you lonely and unpopular.
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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 »


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Very mysterious
15 July 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The General's Daughter may be flawed, but thanks to the acting, it's hardly a matter. John Travolta gives a good performance and James Woods gives an even better one, showing that one scene with back and forth dialougue can make one film pretty interesting. Still, a good mystery, with the plot set in good place for one of Travolta's best pics. A-

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