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The General's Daughter (1999)

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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
Rick Dial ...
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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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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


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,332,053 (USA) (18 June 1999)


$102,678,089 (USA) (8 October 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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John Frankenheimer: General Sonnenberg. See more »


When James Woods' character is found dead in his house, the music playing in the house is "O Fortuna" from Orff's "Carmina Burana". This music appears to be coming from a 33 RPM record playing on a turntable. The record appears to be playing in the middle of the disc; "O Fortuna" is at the beginning and the end of "Carmina Burana", and would thus be at the beginning or the end of a 33 RPM vinyl disc, not in the middle. See more »


[first lines]
MP Guard: I.D., please. First Sergeant White, please proceed.
Brenner: [in a southern accent] I believe I will. Thank you kindly.
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Crazy Credits

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


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Written by Elvin Ray Jones
Performed by Kenny Burrell (as Kenneth Burrell)
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Disturbing Thriller
7 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A beautiful army officer is murdered in compromising circumstances that the fort MacCallum officials would rather keep quite. John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe are the investigators into the murder, and it's seems that someone wants to keep the truth hidden.

Travolta and Stowe both capture the necessary elements of their characters and they are well supported by James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams II and James Woods.

This suspenseful mystery thriller delivers the disturbing truths of the story very well, it does have its flaws, but they are largely forgivable due to the captivating delivery and direction.


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