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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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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Bruce Willis was originally considered for Brenner. See more »


Brenner walks into the basement and says, "Move aside, man with a gun", which is not the proper terminology for a soldier. The Army teaches the soldiers to use 'weapon' in place of gun. "Move aside, man with a weapon," would be correct. See more »


Brenner: Chief Yardley! Shouldn't you be out night-sticking the colored folk?
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Crazy Credits

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


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


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Excellent murder mystery, very suspenseful, very intriguing
21 June 1999 | by (Charleston, SC) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie. Outstanding performances by the feature players. Special accolades go to John Travolta, and Madeleine Stowe. Leslie Stefanson also played a very emotional and important role in uncovering the motive behind her character's murder. Mr. Travolta's performance is excellent and rivals his performance in "Face Off." It was also good to see Madeleine Stowe in a role of substance that permits her to keep her clothed through the entire movie. She should be getting meatier roles that display her dramatic range as a strong female. A definite departure from some of her earlier films.

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