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A Few Good Men (1992)

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

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Rob Reiner

Writers:

Aaron Sorkin (play), Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Erwin: The marching band in the beginning is The Capital Band, and has a brief mention in the closing credits. The man in black is former Assistant Conductor and solo cornet for the President's Marine band. See more »

Goofs

After Downey and Dawson are found guilty of the non-existent charge of "conduct unbecoming a Marine," the judge immediately renders a sentence of time served and a dishonorable discharge, skipping the entire sentencing portion of the trial, which is referred to as "extenuation and mitigation" in the military. After both sides present testimony and closing arguments, the members (jurors) would deliberate upon and determine the sentence, not the judge. See more »

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Drill Master: Forward, march!
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Can you handle the truth? Cracker(JACK) cast & script with Reiner at the top of his game
13 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) ***1/2 Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, JT Walsh, Wolfgang Bodison, Christopher Guest, Noah Wyle. Absorbing and crowd-pleasing adaptation of Aaron Sorkin's hit Broadway play from director Rob Reiner about two Marines charged with the murder of a fellow GI at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with a tangled web of power and a green defense lawyer (excellently played by Cruise) assigned to follow the motions without a trial. Superb performances all around especially Nicholson in rare form as a colonel with one hell of a Napoleon complex. Trivial note: Bodison was a production assistant to Reiner from previous films; this is his acting debut.


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