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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | War  -  28 February 1998 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Colonel James Burton
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Sgt. Fanning
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Colonel J.D. Bock
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Major William Sayers
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Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
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Spec-4 Granger
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Colonel Smith
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Jones
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Madam Chairwoman
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Congressman #1
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USMC Guard at Subway (as Dwayne Macopson)
Dominic D. DeNiro ...
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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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Comedy | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Die Bradley-Affäre  »

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COL Bach, despite being an Ordnance officer with no combat patch, wears a Combat Infantry Badge. While he could have been an infantryman earlier in his career, he couldn't have earned the CIB without also earning a combat patch. COL Smith also has a CIB despire being an officer in the Adjutant General's corps. Additionally, the generals on the board have CIBs but no combat patches, a faux pas no infantryman would ever commit, especially one with a CIB second award like General Bob. See more »

Quotes

Major General Partridge: Just because the tests didn't turn out the way Colonel Burton thought they would, was no reason to suspect there was anything devious going on.
Madame Chairwoman: I ask you General, filling the fuel tanks with WATER before a test to check the combustibility of those tanks, that wasn't devious?
Major General Partridge: If the tanks had been filled with fuel, there's a good chance the vehicle would have exploded.
Congressman #1: Isn't that the point?
Major General Partridge: If the vehicle had exploded, we wouldn't be able to run additional tests!
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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
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Surprisingly compelling for a TV movie
25 November 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

The ending scenes are Bill Murray hokey, but the movie is surprisingly compelling. I was vaguely familiar with the facts behind the story, but I intend to read Mr. Burton's book now. The part of Burton's assistant seemed to me to be well played. Grammer's portrayal fit my perception of a Pentagon general, but his aides come out as just caricatures.


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