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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Aaron Sorkin trademark of showing two characters walking down a hallway toward a moving camera talking sidelong to one another (as seen in The American President (1995), Sports Night (1998), and The West Wing (1999)) originated on this movie. A scene between Kaffee and Ross was written as being set in an office, but Rob Reiner, in an effort to create more action on-screen, suggested that it be changed so that they were walking down a hallway. See more »

Goofs

Kaffee is a Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2) after being in the Navy for nine months. A JAG officer who is a direct commissionee comes in the military as an O-2 and is promoted within six months. After nine months, Kaffee certainly would be a Lieutenant (O-3). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Drill Master: Forward, march!
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Connections

Referenced in Seinfeld: The Movie (1993) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(uncredited) (1896)
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Slam dunk
10 January 2005 | by christopherletourneauSee all my reviews

This is my all-time favorite movie. I've probably watched it 300 times and I can recite it line by line. I once wrote the script during the course of one semester in a class I hated. I still have the notebook.

Demi Moore definitely is the film's weakest link, but the acting is superb and Aaron Sorkin's story sucks you in from the opening minute. There is so much great dialogue, headlined by Tom Cruise's courtroom battle with Jack Nicholson at the movie's climax.

Too many people say the movie is average because it's "too slow," but I really believe anyone who appreciates good acting and good stories has to put this one near the top of their list.


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