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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Daniel Kaffee
... Col. Nathan R. Jessep
... Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
... Capt. Jack Ross
... 2nd. Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
... Lt. Sam Weinberg
... Pfc. Louden Downey
... Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson
... Dr. Stone
... Judge Julius Alexander Randolph
... Lt. Dave Spradling
... Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
... Capt. Whitaker
... Capt. West
... 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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuestión de honor  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$141,340,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,240,178
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Jack Nicholson repeated his famous courtroom monologue as Colonel Jessep off-camera several times so Rob Reiner could film the reactions of other actors and actresses from various angles. Nicholson's memorable on-camera performance was filmed last, but according to Reiner and the other cast members, Nicholson gave it his all every take as if he was on camera. Nicholson said he was "quite spent" by the time he finished. See more »

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After Danny's drunken rant, Joanne storms out of his apartment implying she quit, she wouldn't be able to quit so suddenly and easily without being reprimanded by her superiors and the court. See more »

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Must see movie, one of Tom Criuse best movie performance .
1 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

A Few Men is a must see movie. With so many talented actor this movie is a classic. The performance of Tom Cruise is outstanding, one of his best movies yet. I recommend this movie for all people, and especially ex military or people who are planing to join the military. The overview of the movie is, fighting with your own conscience weather to follow the order given form your superior officer. The outcome of movie leaves you wondering whether or not we should follow orders that are ethically wrong to our beliefs, even if it comes for some one above you. Again I enjoyed this movie very much and I am in the process of joining the military and I guess I can envision my-self in a similar difficult situation.


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