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Men of Honor -- When the son of a Kentucky sharecropper joins the newly-integrated Navy, his tough-as-nails training officer wants no part of his ambitions.
Men of Honor -- 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 of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert De Niro ... Master Chief Billy Sunday

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Chief Carl Brashear

Charlize Theron ... Gwen Sunday

Aunjanue Ellis ... Jo

Hal Holbrook ... 'Mr. Pappy'

Michael Rapaport ... GM1 Snowhill

Powers Boothe ... Captain Pullman

David Keith ... Captain Hartigan

Holt McCallany ... MM1 Dylan Rourke

David Conrad ... Lt. / Cmdr. / Capt. Hanks

Joshua Leonard ... PO2 Timothy Douglas Isert

Carl Lumbly ... Mac Brashear

Lonette McKee ... Ella Brashear

Glynn Turman ... Chief Floyd
Dennis Troutman ... Boots

Joshua Feinman ... DuBoyce

Theo Nicholas Pagones ... FC Mellegrano (as Theo Pagones)

Ryan Honey ... Surveyor 2nd Yarmouth

Chris Warren ... Young Carl Brashear (as Chris Warren Jr.)
Lester B. Hanson ... Admiral Yon
Jack Frazier ... Rear Admiral French
David Richard Heath ... Medical Officer
Demene E. Hall ... Mrs. Biddle

Alimi Ballard ... Coke

Shawn Michael Howard ... Junie

Troy Lund ... Blonde Gate SP
Henry Harris ... Rescued Pilot

Matt Dotson ... Marine Guard at Hearing
David Meyers ... Dr. Cudahy
Richard Perry Turner ... Dr. Dinkins
George 'Chick' Rankins ... Cab Driver (as George 'Chick' Rankins)

Richard Sanders ... Donny Moor Bartender

Henry Noble ... Black Inductee (as Nasir Najieb)

Dennis Bateman ... Navy Instructor
Eric Newsome ... Naked Grunt
Steven Clark Pachosa ... Navy Recruiter / Chief Petty Officer
Marilyn Faith Hickey ... Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center
Bruce Burkhartsmeier ... Presiding Officer
Michael Tyrone Williamson ... Waiter

Michelle Guthrie ... Therapist
Michael Patrick Egan ... Sailor

Scott Kraft ... Ropeleski

Tim Monsion ... News Reporter

Dulé Hill ... Red Tail
Timothy McCuen Piggee ... School Master

John Polce ... Hospital Security (as John J. Polce)
The Count ... Band Leader
Allen Gerbino ... Aerial Coordinator / Pilot #1
Art Gotisar ... Pilot #2

Robert Blanche ... Shore Patrolman
Ivory Leslie Dilley ... Frantic Girl (as Ivory L. Dilley)

Chad W. Smathers ... Drowning Boy

Wayne Morse ... Navy Orderly
Rachel Jahn ... Candy Striper
Jon Du Clos ... Sunday's Assistant

Leon Russom ... Decker
Richard Radecki ... Fan Tail Chief

Randy Flagler ... Bomb Chief
Jeremy Taylor ... Deckhand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ayanna Berkshire ... Jazz Club Dancer (uncredited)

Carl Brashear ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Heath Centazzo ... Navy Deck Hand (uncredited)

Mark Correy ... Hero Ensign (uncredited)
Jayson Crittenden ... Naval Recruit (uncredited)

Joe Guarneri ... Navy Deck Hand (uncredited)

Ethan Hoyt ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Chris Krueger ... Deep Sea Diver (uncredited)
Jonah Loeb ... Navy Soldier (uncredited)

Koko Masako ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)

Tyler Posey ... Boy (uncredited)

Geno Romo ... Diver (uncredited)

Laurie Slater ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Brad Everett Young ... Shocked Navy Diver (uncredited)

Directed by
George Tillman Jr. 
Writing credits
Scott Marshall Smith (written by)

Produced by
Bill Badalato .... producer
Bill Cosby .... executive producer
Stan Robertson .... executive producer (as Stanley Robertson)
Robert Teitel .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
John Carter 
Dirk Westervelt 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Leslie Dilley 
Art Direction by
Lawrence A. Hubbs 
Set Decoration by
Kate J. Sullivan 
Costume Design by
Salvador Pérez Jr.  (as Salvador Perez)
Makeup Department
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup department head
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Keith Christiansen .... special makeup effects artist
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects artist
Denise Fischer .... additional makeup artist
Denise Fischer .... key makeup artist
RaMona Fleetwood .... makeup artist
Ilona Herman .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist: Ms. Theron
Violet Ortiz .... additional hair stylist
B. David Pratt .... additional hair stylist
K.G. Ramsey .... hair department head
Susan Sittko Schaefer .... hair stylist
Production Management
Bill Badalato .... unit production manager
Billy Badalato .... production supervisor
Aaron Downing .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rocco Marra .... second assistant director
Ernie F. Orsatti .... second unit director (as Ernie Orsatti)
Douglas A. Raine .... second assistant director (as Doug Raine)
Barry K. Thomas .... first assistant director (as Barry Thomas)
Art Department
Lisa Alkofer .... set decoration buyer
Will Blount .... property master
Mike Carrillo .... assistant property master
Dirk Clark .... construction gangboss
Mick Cukurs .... set designer (as Erwin 'Mick' Cukurs)
Darrin Denlinger .... storyboard artist
Ken Erck .... signwriter
Sean Fong .... set dresser
Matthew Gilbert .... first assistant prop master
Scott Herbertson .... set designer
Sean Kennedy .... buyer
Daniel Maltese .... set designer
Monica Rose Maynard .... art department coordinator
Chris McFadden .... props
Douglas McKay .... gang boss
Laura M. O'Brien .... art department coordinator
Drew Pinniger .... set dresser
Dean G. Roberts .... carpenter
Bruce G. Smith .... paint supervisor
Debi Shirk Tagliaferro .... art department coordinator
Pat Tagliaferro .... construction coordinator (as Patrick Tagliaferro)
Jana Treadwell .... labour gang boss
Brad Turner .... set dresser
Patricia Walker .... charge scenic
Jim Wallis .... set designer
Helen Wilson .... sewer
Ben Woolverton .... set leadman
Nancy Yeo .... stand-by painter
Taylor Yingling .... carpenter
Christopher Daniel Coleman .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jack Cornelius .... set dresser (uncredited)
Benjamin Hayden .... set dresser (uncredited)
Joshua Hunt .... set dresser (uncredited)
Lars C. Larsen .... greensman (uncredited)
Lars C. Larsen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer
David Burk .... assistant sound editor
Ted Caplan .... sound effects editor
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Derek Casari .... foley engineer
Blake R. Cornett .... assistant sound editor
Thomas Giordano .... sound mixer: underwater unit
Craig Heath .... adr recordist (Worked as Sound Recordist but not credited) (as Craig 'Pup' Heath)
Skip Longfellow .... first assistant sound editor
Larry Mann .... supervising sound editor (as Lawrence H. Mann)
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Rodger Pardee .... sound effects recordist
Rob Perkins .... additional adr recordist
Rudy Pi .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Donald Sylvester .... adr supervisor
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects editor
Corey Woods .... sound utility
Gary Wright .... dialogue editor
Ronald L. Wright .... boom operator
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mark Blatchley .... special effects technician
Chris Jones .... special effects technician
Boyd Lacosse .... pyro coordinator
Ron Rosegard .... special effects
Kai Shelton .... special effects tech
Keith Urban .... special effects foreman
Bruno Van Zeebroeck .... special effects coordinator
Gary Zink .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects: Hammerhead Productions (as Dan Chuba)
C. Marie Davis .... visual effects executive producer
Babette Dickerson .... visual effects editor
Daniel Mellitz .... video assist operator: visual effects, re-shoot
Rob Menapace .... motion control operator
Peter W. Moyer .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Filmworks
Marco S. Paolini .... digital compositor
Theresa Ellis Rygiel .... digital compositor (as Theresa Ellis)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera
Andrew Shuford .... modelshop visual effects production assistant
Craig Shumard .... motion control technician
Mark G. Soper .... visual effects coordinator
David Stump .... effects director of photography
Rich Thorne .... visual effects supervisor
Amy Tompkins .... visual effects editor: CIS
Gene Warren III .... visual effects production supervisor
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects consultant
Christopher Warren .... director of miniature photography
Susan Zwerman .... visual effects producer
Jeff Bramstedt .... stunts
David Fittanto .... stunts
Michael Fittanto .... stunts
Art Hickman .... stunts
David Hugghins .... stunts
Kris A. Jeffrey .... marine captain & water safety
Adam S. Katz .... stunt performer
Bret Kiene .... stunt double: Robert De Niro
Bret Kiene .... stunts
David Leitch .... stunts
Lyle Luquette .... stunt rigger
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunt rigger
Stephen R. Molison .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Ron Otis .... stunts
Justin Sundquist .... stunts
Dain Turner .... stunts
Tierre Turner .... stunts
Jim Pearson .... stunt marine (uncredited)
Nancy Young .... stunt double: Charlize Theron (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Baird .... video assistant
John Banholzer .... grip
Tyger Belton .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Taylor Carter .... camera assistant trainee
Phillip V. Caruso .... still photographer
Chris Cuevas .... second assistant camera: additional camera
Darrin DeLoach .... assistant camera: additional photography
Matthew Devitt .... underwater best boy grip: miniature unit
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Russ Engels)
Brian Fleskes .... grip
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... best boy electric
Gary Fredrickson .... rigging gaffer
Michael Goldman .... grip (as Mike Goldman)
Jim Grce .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Daniel R. Haizlip .... best boy grip
Elizabeth Hedges .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip (as W.C. 'Chunky' Huse)
Rory Robert Knepp .... Steadicam operator
Rory Robert Knepp .... additional camera operator
David R. Kohn .... set lighting technician
Brian C. Lawson .... rigging grip
Bruce Lawson .... rigging key grip
Scott W. Leftridge .... dolly grip
Michael Maloney .... grip: second unit
Patrick Murray .... gaffer: underwater unit
Dino Parks .... gaffer: second unit
Cynthia Pusheck .... underwater camera operator
George Richmond .... camera operator
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Pete Romano .... underwater director of photography
Leonard Romie .... best boy rigging electric
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera
R. Michael Stringer .... dolly grip: additional photography
Albert Tablanza .... electrician
Keith Talley .... grip
Carl A. Vidnic .... underwater electrician: underwater unit
Andy Waldron .... dolly grip
John Warner .... underwater grip: miniature unit (as John 'JW' Warner)
Steven J. Winslow .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician
Greg Schmitt .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Emily Dunlap .... extras casting
Angela Fee .... extras casting assistant
Chris Gray .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Alex Newman .... casting associate
Megann Ratzow .... casting: Portland
Rachael Erwin .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Susan Funk .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Amy Maxwell .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Christopher L. Parson .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marsha Bozeman .... key costumer: women (as Marsha L. Bozeman)
Artemio Carpio .... costumer
Harold Crawford .... key costumer: men
Leslie Gilbertson .... costumer
Jalene Murphy .... set costumer
Marcie Olivi .... costumer: Mr. DeNiro
Christi Work .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Blake Maniquis .... first assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
DeNon Porter .... first assistant editor
Kathy Thomson .... digital color corrector
Kurt Leitner .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant
Caryn Rasmussen .... music copyist
Chris Ridenhour .... assistant music preparation
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
Paul Stewart .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
Byron Motley .... singer: additional back up vocals (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chet Badalato .... transportation coordinator
Steve Brill .... transportation captain
John Suttles .... production driver
Rick Wiley .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Robert Allen .... set medic
Katie Baron .... production assistant
Greg Biggerstaff .... production assistant
Crista Birgy .... first assistant accountant
Carl Brashear .... key military consultant
Matt Clements .... diving coordinator
Iris Cole-Hayworth .... location scout
Gina Cooper .... assistant coordinator
Eileen M. Dennis .... second assistant accountant
Kathy Edwards .... post-production accountant
Amalia Ferreiro .... production secretary
Michael Fine .... construction medic
Susan Funk .... extras wrangler
Jamala Gaither .... set production assistant
Allen Gerbino .... aerial coordinator
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor
Monica Goldstein .... assistant: producer: Bill Badalato
Peter Graf .... Stab-C technician
Joe Hartwick Jr. .... production accountant (as Joseph R. Hartwick Jr.)
Todd Jameson .... assistant dive coordinator
Kathy McDonald Jones .... production coordinator
Todd Kreuter .... location assistant
Adam Leichtman .... assistant: Robert DeNiro
Brian Maynard .... medical coordinator (as Brian F. Maynard)
Amy McCain .... production secretary
Linda McGinnis .... medic (uncredited)
Christopher Mead .... production assistant
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Matthew H. O'Connor .... marine coordinator
Michael Parks .... location manager
Eileen Peterson .... unit publicist
Jason Poteet .... boat captain
Shaun Roberts .... staff set production assistant
Geno Romo .... stand-in
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach
Taylor Saxon .... set medic
Daisy Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Julie Ann Snow .... first assistant accountant
Todd Spears .... assistant accountant
Kirk Steppe .... location supervisor
Suzy Strawn .... studio teacher
Dan Talbott .... production assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. .... assistant to director
Gerald A. Vitatoe Jr. .... production assistant
Troy Waters .... assistant marine coordinator
J. Wilfrid White .... marine crew
Naomi Yospe .... assistant production coordinator
Susan Funk .... photo double: Charlize Theron (uncredited)
Allen Gerbino .... underwater film stage provider (uncredited)
Frederick Johntz .... creative consultant (uncredited)
Eric Kreis .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Lipman .... boat captain (uncredited)
Mark Schaefer .... stand-in (uncredited)
Philip M. Strub .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Men of Honour" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"The Diver" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language
129 min
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In 2009 the USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) was named in honor of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear (1931-2006), who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was a pioneer in the Navy as one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the Navy Diving School and was designated a Navy salvage diver. He was the first African-American to qualify and serve as a master diver while on active duty and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation. After 31 years of service, Brashear officially retired from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979.See more »
Anachronisms: As Carl is listening to his radio in 1952, he hears a baseball score of the Milwaukee Braves one and Brooklyn Dodgers zero. However the Boston Braves did not move to Milwaukee until 1953.See more »
Billy Sunday:Nine! The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. Ten! If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. Eleven! If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero. Hell, I don't know why anybody would want to be a Navy Diver. Now you report to this line, Cookie!See more »
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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
An inspirational story with some shortcomings, 21 April 2001
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

Military training films are becoming so common that they are becoming a genre unto themselves. Among the more prominent we have, `Officer and a Gentleman', `Top Gun', `GI Jane', and now `Men of Honor'. The fact that this one happened to be true doesn't change the fact that the formula is the same. This film is probably most like `GI Jane' since it focuses on the desegregation angle.

The story is actually quite inspirational and is probably the best human-interest story among those mentioned above. Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is unquestionably a man of great courage and principle, and his strength of character shines through brightly in this film. Unfortunately, director George Tillman has tunnel vision in presenting the characters and eschews character development of various characters other than Brashear in favor of showing Brashear in a constant state of adversity. Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) is a central figure, and except for the initial scene, the fistfight and a couple of scenes with his wife, we don't know much about him. For instance, Brashear sees the scars on Sunday's palms and we are to assume that he worked a plow, but there is no follow-up on that point. Mr. Pappy (Hal Holbrook) gets only one short scene by which we can judge him. The rest of his screen time shows him pacing around and ranting. If a director is going to make a human-interest story, he needs to humanize the characters.

Cuba Gooding Jr. gives an outstanding performance as Brashear. This is probably the best I've seen him. This is a role and a character that is far more complete than any part he has played before, and he rises to the occasion. In `Jerry Maguire', Rod Tidwell was a fascinating, but one-dimensional character with the depth of a rain puddle. Brashear is much more complex and grounded, and the issues he faces are life crises, making the part far more challenging. This is an excellent recovery from Gooding's last role in `Chill Factor', a film so dreadful that it was almost an act of professional suicide to take the part.

After a stint trying his hand as a comedian (`Analyze This', `The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle', `Meet The Parents'), Robert DeNiro is back to his dramatic roots with an outstanding performance. DeNiro isn't a bad comedian, he is just such a great dramatic actor that it seems like he shouldn't waste his time doing comedy. DeNiro endows Billy Sunday with a rock hard personality belying a tortured soul. It is a pleasure watching him work.

It seems every film I watch lately has Charlize Theron in it. I saw `The Legend of Bagger Vance', `Men of Honor' and `The Yards' right in a row and I was beginning to wonder if she had a part in every film in 2000 (actually, she only did five). This was a minor role for Theron, but she carried it off well and managed to stay with DeNiro step for step. David Keith, who co-starred with Richard Gere in `Officer and a Gentleman', has a cameo here

The DVD has some interesting special features, including reflections by the real Carl Brashear and some deleted scenes.

I enjoyed this film despite the hackneyed plot and the one-dimensional presentation. I rated it a 7/10. I'm a sucker for underdog stories and I have a fondness for stories where strength of character is the central theme. This film is particularly strong in both areas and brings us two memorable acting performances that compensate for some of the director's shortcomings.

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