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The Finest Hour (1992)

R | | Drama, War | 29 April 1992 (Japan)
Two soldiers form a lasting bond during training to be Navy Seals but soon grow apart as they are sent off to fight in Desert Storm.

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Shimon Dotan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Lawrence Hammer
Gale Hansen Gale Hansen ... Dean Mazzoli
Tracy Griffith ... Barbara
Eb Lottimer ... Bosco
Baruch Dror Baruch Dror ... Greenspan
Daniel Dieker Daniel Dieker ... Albie
Michael Fountain Michael Fountain ... Carter
Evyatar Lazar Evyatar Lazar ... Moonjean
Tae-Joon Lee Tae-Joon Lee ... T.J. (as Henry Taejoon Lee)
Ari Sorko-Ram Ari Sorko-Ram ... Petersen
Erik Degn Erik Degn ... Thurston
Natan Sgan-Cohen Natan Sgan-Cohen ... Franklin
Jonathan Herson Jonathan Herson ... (as Jon J. Herson)
Uri Gavriel ... Commander
John Phillips John Phillips
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Macho Lawrence 'Larry' Hammer and frailer Dean Mazzoli initially rival as U.S. Navy SEAL trainees, but become buddies in instructor chief petty officer Bosco's merciless training class. The friends date two girls, but both love Barbara, who chooses to marry Larry, as ideal father for her pre-teen son. After graduation from Basic UDT/SEAL training, they choose opposite oceans for further training. However Sadam Husein's invasion of Kuwait gets both mobilized in the same unit, with Bosco, who gets captured and tortured. Dean learns Barbara has left adulterer Larry. They mount a rescue together, taking risks even on their own side. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Shield See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color
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Simply terrible
15 July 2017 | by shoobe01-1See all my reviews

Rob Lowe and a bunch of great locations cannot fix this mess. Set in the 80s, with action in the first Gulf War, so the history is

Filmed like a third rate 90s TV show, every fault of the actors, script, FX, and more is brutally apparent. Also comically badly edited, with choices like a VO explaining a time jump that happens 2 minutes before it makes sense to have it.

For military buffs, the equipment in action sequences is 90s video game quality. A comically fake SDV. Paragliders. Scopes mounted to the slides of VP70s so they can snipe with them, and then smoke drifts up old west style. Rob Lowe is an excellent Sabrina. Oh, some enemy stuff is 60s Japanese monster movie quality. Oh, the big silver rocket!

Romantic sub-plot is way too dominant, which is awful as it's so ham-handedly played.

Do not be fooled. Much of the training is well done, but it falls apart outside of that.


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