The Pentagon Wars (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Comedy, War  |  28 February 1998 (USA)
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Story of a cover up in the military.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel James Burton
Sgt. Fanning
Colonel J.D. Bock
Major William Sayers
Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
Spec-4 Granger
Colonel Smith
Madam Chairwoman
Congressman #1
Congressman #2
USMC Guard at Subway (as Dwayne Macopson)
Dominic D. DeNiro ...
Guard at Military Base


Air Force Lt. Col. John Burton was assigned to evaluate the usefulness of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, an Army troop carrier/scout vehicle that, in its final redesign, was effectively a deathtrap for its occupants. Burton keeps trying to execute a proper live-fire armor test on it but is constantly subverted by his temporary commanding officer, Army Maj. Gen. Partridge, in order to get it under construction and in the field. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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They aimed to build the ultimate fighting machine...they missed. See more »


Comedy | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bradley-Affäre  »

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When they are shooting the TOW missile at the Bradley full of sheep, the gunner says, "On the way," after which the order, "Fire," is given. This is totally backwards (and dangerous). When the gunner says, "On the way," it means he is pulling the trigger, which is something he should do AFTER the command to Fire. See more »


[the budget of the entire Bradley project]
Major General Partridge: Fourteen.
Madame Chairwoman: Million?
Major General Partridge: [Under his breath] Billion...
Madame Chairwoman: What?
Major General Partridge: Billion.
Madame Chairwoman: Billion? With a "B"?
Major General Partridge: With a "B".
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America, the Beautiful
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Scary but true
26 July 2004 | by (california, USA) – See all my reviews

I find it interesting that this movie is classified as a comedy, granted some of the procedures that Col. Burton is forced to go through are comical. What i find disturbing is this is based on the real true to life development of the bradley fighting vehicle. Not only was it produced at great cost (over 13 billion taxpayer dollars) but after spending that much money it was an unsafe deathtrap for anyone riding in it, unfortunately it was a troop carrier. thankfully we did not have any conflicts requiring the use of the vehicle until most of the defects were fixed. also disturbing is the fact that every officer involved in the development of the bradley was promoted and went on to lucrative defense contracting positions while Col. Burton was forced to leave the Air Force.

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