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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bradley-Affäre  »

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1.85 : 1
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Part of this movie was filmed at Camp Roberts CA. The base served as a large basic training site during WWII. See more »


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 »


Major General Partridge: [reading] "The characterization noted in your draft, at best represents a serious misunderstanding of my concerns, especially in connection with a vehicle as flawed as the Bradley. As noted in my original report..."
[laughs bitterly]
Major General Partridge: Jesus Christ! Who did this fucking thing go to?
Col. J.D. Bock: The distribution page listed 198 names.
Col. J.D. Bock: Uh, we can't.
Major General Partridge: WE SURE AS HELL CAN!
Major Sayers: Burton's playing by the rules. His report was classified. He submitted it to you, you revised...
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America, the Beautiful
Written by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Bates)
Performed by the St. John's Cathedral Boys and Girls' Choir, Donald Pearson, Conductor
Courtesy of Delos International
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Funny Yet Accurate
18 February 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

This movie gives the long history how a military troop carrier - the Brady - is turned into a monstrosity. I've worked for a government contractor; this is so close to how military contracts and the work it's scary! Not only does it portray the stress between the pentagon and congress as the troop carrier gets turns in to an amphibious, tank, antiaircraft, scoot (read slow moving target with troops in it). It some how makes it funny at he same time! Kelsey Grammer and Cary Elwes are both great comedic actors. Though Kelsey Grammer carries the movie. The only down side to the "Pentagon Wars" is it drags a little in the middle because just so much goes wrong with the Brady program.

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