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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Story of a cover up in the military.

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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 ...
Guard at Military Base
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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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This story would be funnier...if it weren't also true. 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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Part of this movie was filmed at Camp Roberts CA. The base served as a large basic training site during WWII. See more »

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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 »

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Col. Robert Laurel Smith: In summation, what you have before you is...
Sgt. Fanning: A troop transport that can't carry troops, a reconnaissance vehicle that's too conspicuous to do reconnaissance...
Lt. Colonel James Burton: And a quasi-tank that has less armor than a snow-blower, but carries enough ammo to take out half of D.C. THIS is what we're building?
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Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The New Sousa Band
Conducted by Keith Brion
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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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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