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Men of Honor (2000)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  10 November 2000 (USA)
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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him.


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The story ultimately revolves around two "men of honor"; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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History is made by those who break the rules.


Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Navy Diver  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,339,465 (USA) (10 November 2000)


ESP 480,280,323 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


The library that Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) goes to study in is an original Carnegie Library built in Portland, Oregon. It now houses the Multnomah County Library Used Bookstore, The Title Wave. See more »


When MM1 Dylan Rourke is receiving his Navy and Marine Corps Medal in 1952, he is shown already wearing the ribbon for the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, which was not instituted until 1961. See more »


Jo: Don't you see? I'm not like you. The things I want...
[Jo sighs and takes Carl's hand]
Jo: The things I want are smaller. If I just work hard and keep my head down...
Carl Brashear: Your whole life will pass you by.
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Crazy Credits

The woman in the detox center is listed as "Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center" See more »


Referenced in Full Frontal (2002) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Arranged by Will Schaefer
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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User Reviews

The movie tells the story of a Professional Navy Man.
11 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is an excellent military movie. It may not be an excellent Hollywood Movie, but that does not matter. Hollywood has a reputation of sacrificing accuracy for good entertainment, but that is not the case with this movie. Other reviewers have found this movie to be too slow for their taste, but – as a retired Soldier – I appreciate the pace the movie crew deliberately took to tell their story as completely as possible given the two hours and nine minutes allotted. The story itself has been told and retold several times over, but it remains for a professional soldier – and an African American at that – to report on the story as presented by the movie crew, and as it presents the US Navy to the world. The story of Brashear's work to become a Navy Diver, and his life as a Navy Diver beyond his graduation, is not the only story that is presented. There I also the story of how Master Chief Petty Officer Sunday defied the illegal order of his Commanding Officer that Petty Officer 2nd Class Brashear not be passed in his test dive no matter how well he did, and paid the price of a loss of one Stripe and a change of assignment. It also told the true story how Brashear found the third Hydrogen Bombs lost in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain in the 1950's, and how he saved the life of another seaman who was in the line of the snapped running line that would have snapped him in two if Brashear had not shoved him out of the way and took the shot himself. This was a complex story that was worth telling, and I will admit that two hours and nine minutes was not enough to tell the full story, and I can tell from the deleted scenes on the DVD that the crew tried their best to tell a story as full as possible. As a professional soldier, I was proud to see such a great story told in such a comprehensive manner, and to see the traditions and honor of the navy preserved in such a natural and full manner.

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