Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (play), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Jack Nicholson ... Col. Nathan R. Jessep
Demi Moore ... Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Bacon ... Capt. Jack Ross
Kiefer Sutherland ... 2nd. Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Kevin Pollak ... Lt. Sam Weinberg
James Marshall ... Pfc. Louden Downey
J.T. Walsh ... Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson
Christopher Guest ... Dr. Stone
J.A. Preston ... Judge Julius Alexander Randolph
Matt Craven ... Lt. Dave Spradling
Wolfgang Bodison ... Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
Xander Berkeley ... Capt. Whitaker
John M. Jackson ... Capt. West
Noah Wyle ... Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes
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Storyline

In this dramatic courtroom thriller, LT Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. Kaffee is known as being lazy and had arranged for a plea bargain. Downey's Aunt Ginny appoints Cmdr. Galloway to represent him. Also on the legal staff is LTJG Sam Weinberg. The team rounds up many facts and Kaffee is discovering that he is really cut out for trial work. The defense is originally based upon the fact that PFC Santiago, the victim, was given a "CODE RED". Santiago was basically a screw-up. At Gitmo, screw-ups aren't tolerated. Especially by Col. Nathan Jessup. In Cuba, Jessup and two senior officers try to give all the help they can, but Kaffee knows something's fishy. In the conclusion of the film, the fireworks are set off by a confrontation between Jessup and Kaffee. Written by Matt Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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In the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jack Nicholson and Rob Reiner reunited to make The Bucket List (2007). See more »

Goofs

When they are in court, the clock on the wall doesn't change time throughout the movie. It always shows 3:34 and the second hand doesn't move. It always shows between 12 and 1 and 7 and 8. See more »

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Drill Master: Forward, march!
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Connections

References Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) See more »

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10/10
5 March 2012 | by vijayaryaSee all my reviews

This movie is certainly much better than a regular 7.6, the currently running rating. I think it deserves an overall rating closer to 9, its one of the best movies of all times.

There are actually very few evergreen movies that one likes to see again and again, this is one of them, you always feel great after watching it.

The final court room scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson is electrifying. Without a single kiss, the chemistry between cruise and Moore is simply delicious, all characters are well developed, attention has been payed to every single detail.

One of my favorite scene is the one between Sam and Daniel after Downey's testimony where Cruise gets drunk - a really beautiful scene about how what our parents think about us, matters.

Worth collecting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Few Good Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,517,468, 13 December 1992

Gross USA:

$141,340,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,240,178
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2.39 : 1
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