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
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 »
The news report in the film states that three nuclear bombs were lost in the accident, with two being immediately recovered while the third was being searched for. It also stated that they were 50 Megaton warheads. In reality, there were four that were lost in the accident, with three being located almost immediately and the fourth being the one searched for. Also, the bombs were Mk28 bombs, of which the largest possible yield was 1.45 Megatons, not 50 Megatons, a bomb size in which no country has ever yielded, save for a 50 Megaton prototype bomb, called the Tsar Bomba, which was tested by the Soviet Union on Oct 30, 1961. Also, they were gravity bombs, which fall freely to earth, not warheads, which are carried on missiles. See more »
Don't you see? I'm not like you. The things I want...
[Jo sighs and takes Carl's hand]
The things I want are smaller. If I just work hard and keep my head down...
Your whole life will pass you by.
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The woman in the detox center is listed as "Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center" See more »
The inspiring story of Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), a black man who grew up in poverty in Kentucky and then joined the US Navy, aspiring to be the first black Master Diver in Navy history. We are shown the series of struggles from boyhood on that Brashear has to overcome to make his dream come true (and then to keep it alive.) Not the least of the challenges was Master Diver Bill Sunday (Robert DeNiro), the head trainer at the diving school the Navy sends Brashear to, who is not especially sympathetic to Brashear's goals, but who ultimately becomes an unlikely friend and supporter.
This is a good movie; fast paced and with a lot of action, although not an "action" pic in the normal sense of the word. There's a very human story here as well, and an interesting study of racism and the struggle to overcome it; there's also a sense of the struggle that took place in the 1960's between older and younger naval officers (the "old navy" vs the "new navy.") The performances are quite good - particularly Goodings'. I thought DeNiro was perhaps a bit over the top in his portrayal of Sunday (although, who knows, Sunday might well have been this extreme kind of loose cannon) and the portrayal of Sunday's wife Gwen (by Charlize Theron) also made me question whether these parts were "jazzed up" to provide entertainment value.
A good movie, though. I never once wondered if it was worth tuning into.
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