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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.

Director:

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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You can't handle 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:

Cuestión de honor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$141,340,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,240,178
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Willem Dafoe was considered for the role of Col. Jessup. See more »

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After the Government has rested, Lt. Kaffee, Lt. Weinberg, and Lt. Cdr. Galloway are the last ones in the courtroom, and they are arguing. Lt. Kaffee tells everyone to take the night off, and then reaches around his body with his right hand to pick up his briefcase which was sitting behind him and to his left. The next shot, from the rear, shows Kaffee talking to Galloway. He raises his right hand and shows that it is empty. He then switches his briefcase, now in his left hand, to his right hand. See more »

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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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