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A Few Good Men ()


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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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Lt. Daniel Kaffee
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Col. Nathan R. Jessep
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Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
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Capt. Jack Ross
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2nd. Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
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Lt. Sam Weinberg
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Pfc. Louden Downey
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Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson
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Dr. Stone
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Judge Julius Alexander Randolph
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Lt. Dave Spradling
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Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson
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Capt. Whitaker
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Capt. West
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Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes
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Cpl. Carl Hammaker
Lawrence Lowe ...
Bailiff
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Tom (as Josh Malina)
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Steward
John M. Mathews ...
Guard #1
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Man in Bar
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Guard #2 (as Al Wexo)
Frank Cavestani ...
Agent #1
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Jury Foreman
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M.P.
Matthew Saks ...
David
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Luther
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Pfc. William T. Santiago
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Lt. Sherby
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Robert C. McGuire
Cameron Thor ...
Cdr. Lawrence
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Cdr. Gibbs
Gene Whittington ...
Mr. Dawson
Maud Winchester ...
Aunt Ginny Miller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Coffel ...
Marine Recruit (uncredited)
Bernard Madrid ...
Interrogator (uncredited)
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Navy Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rob Reiner

Written by

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Aaron Sorkin ... (play)
 
Aaron Sorkin ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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David Brown ... producer
William S. Gilmore ... executive producer (as William Gilmore)
Steve Nicolaides ... co-producer
Rachel Pfeffer ... executive producer
Rob Reiner ... producer
Andrew Scheinman ... producer
Jeffrey Stott ... co-producer

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Marc Shaiman

Cinematography by

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Robert Richardson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Leighton
Steven Nevius ... (as Steve Nevius)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Alan Edward Bell ... first assistant editor
Phil Downey ... color timer
Nina Lucia ... assistant editor
Mary Morrisey ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Janet Hirshenson
Jane Jenkins

Production Design by

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J. Michael Riva

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David F. Klassen ... (as David Klassen)

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Michael Taylor

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Stephen Abrums ... makeup department head (as Steve Abrums)
Enzo Angileri ... hair stylist
Richard Dean ... makeup artist
Edouard F. Henriques ... makeup artist (as Edouard F. Henriques III)
Lyndell Quiyou ... hair stylist
Larry Waggoner ... head hair stylist
Sherri Bramlett ... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C. (uncredited)

Production Management

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Christy Dimmig ... post-production supervisor
Steve Nicolaides ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Capra III ... first assistant director
Algric Leo Chaplin ... second second assistant director (as Algric L. Chaplin)
Matthew H. Rowland ... second assistant director (as Matthew Rowland)
Alisa Statman ... second second assistant director

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Donald R. Abblett ... stand-by painter (as Don Abblett)
James Bittl ... greensman
Richard Boris ... greensman
Suzanne De Grandis ... construction clerk (as Suzanne DeGrandis)
Renee Faia ... art department coordinator
Ildefonso Goris ... greensman (as Idlefonso Goris)
Thomas W. Lay Jr. ... illustrator (as Tom Lay)
Jerry Moss ... property master
Thomas J. O'Brien ... painter supervisor (as Tom O'Brien)
Lee Orlikoff ... leadman
Ken Peterson ... assistant property master
Craig Raiche ... assistant property master
Virginia L. Randolph ... set designer (as Virginia Randolph)
Darin Raney ... art department assistant
Doug Rosenberger ... construction foreman
Terry Scott ... construction coordinator
Robert Woodruff ... set designer (as Rob Woodruff)
Randy L. Childs ... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Michael Denering ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paul Ford ... set dresser (uncredited)
Angela O'Neill ... prop production assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Perugini ... plasterer foreman (uncredited)
Parker Swanson ... additional set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Yates ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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George Baetz ... boom operator
Carmen Baker ... assistant sound editor
Kevin Bartnof ... foley artist
Charles L. Campbell ... supervising sound editor
Desmond Cannon ... assistant adr editor (as Desmond R. Cannon)
Tim Chau ... sound editor
Dean Drabin ... adr mixer
Robert Eber ... sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Louis L. Edemann ... supervising sound editor
Leigh French ... adr voiceover coordinator
Sandy Garcia ... foley recordist (as Sandra Garcia)
Leonard T. Geschke ... sound editor (as Lenny Geschke)
Jeremy J. Gordon ... sound editor (as Jeremy Gordon)
Marilyn Graf ... foley mixer
Ann Hadsell ... adr recordist
Robin Harlan ... foley artist
Bob Hile ... machine operator: Skywalker Sound
Andrea Horta ... supervising adr editor
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Elliott Koretz ... sound editor (as Elliot Koretz)
Joe Morrisey ... sound editor
Colin C. Mouat ... sound editor (as Colin Mouat)
Chuck Neely ... sound editor
Mel Neiman ... processed sound effects
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Matt Patterson ... recordist: Skywalker Sound
Jim Quinn ... machine operator: Skywalker Sound
Rob Scott ... boom operator
Gary L.G. Simpson ... stage engineer: Skywalker Sound (as Gary Simpson)
Larry Singer ... supervising adr editor
Roger V. Stevenson ... cable person (as Roger Stevenson)
Mark A. Tracy ... assistant sound editor (as Mark Tracy)
Larry Hopkins ... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Tim Song Jones ... sound transferer (uncredited)

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Eugene Crum ... special effects coordinator

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Mark Sawicki ... matte shots (as Mark A. Sawicki)
Robert Stromberg ... matte shots
John E. Sullivan ... matte shots (as John Sullivan)

Stunts

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Tim A. Davison ... stunt coordinator (as Tim Davison)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Audie Aragon ... dolly grip
Sidney Ray Baldwin ... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Chris Centrella ... key grip
Matt Craven ... rigging grip: Washington
Brian Devin ... grip
Vincent Galindez ... additional first assistant camera: Washington (as Vinnie Galindez)
Anthony Gaudioz ... camera operator
Scott Gillis ... rigging grip best boy
R.L. Gittens Jr. ... lamp operator (as Roy L. Gittens Jr.)
Khan Griffith ... lamp operator
Mark Hadland ... assistant lighting technician
Gary B. Kibbe ... director of photography: second unit (as Gary Kibbe)
Ian Kincaid ... chief lighting technician
Dean M. King ... grip (as Dean King)
Jeff Kluttz ... rigging grip
Gábor Kövér ... additional camera operator: Washington (as Gabor Kover)
Hugh McCallum ... best boy grip
Craig Molsberry ... lamp operator
James M. Muro ... steadicam operator (as James Muro)
Dayton Nietert ... rigging gaffer
Ken Nishino ... first assistant camera (as Kenny Nishino)
Bill O'Leary ... rigging gaffer: Washington
Darrin C. Porter ... lamp operator (as Darrin Porter)
Paul Postelnicu ... additional second assistant camera: Washington
Brad Rea ... dolly grip
Andrew D. Schwartz ... still photographer: Washington D.C. (as Andy Schwartz)
Dennis Seawright ... second assistant camera
Nick Shuster ... camera loader
Keith L. Smith ... camera production assistant (as Keith Smith)
Victor Svimonoff ... assistant rigging gaffer
Robert Ulland ... steadicam operator: Washington (as Bob Ulland)
Steve Venetis ... lamp operator
Josh Bleibtreu ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Rusty Gardner ... electrician: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Rex Anson Rhorer ... rigging grip (uncredited)
Rick Strodel ... grip (uncredited)

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Susanna Griffith ... casting associate
Michael Hirshenson ... casting associate
Victor Davis ... extras casting (uncredited)
F. Pierre Gatling ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Darryl M. Athons ... costumer (as Darryl Athons)
Margo Baxley ... costumer: women
Lucinda Campbell ... costumer
Nancy Cone ... costumer
David Page ... costumer
James W. Tyson ... costumer: men (as James Tyson)
Leslie Weir ... costumer
Linda M. Boyland ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Richard Davis Jr. ... location manager
Jody Hummer ... assistant location manager
Michael Wallace ... location consultant: Washington (as Mike Wallace)
John Crowder ... assistant location manager: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Billy A. Fox ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor
Ralph Grierson ... music programmer
Artie Kane ... conductor
Jo Ann Kane ... music preparation
Hummie Mann ... additional orchestrator / music producer
Mark McKenzie ... orchestrator
Joel Moss ... music mixer / music recordist
Curtis Roush ... music editor
Marc Shaiman ... music producer
Nick Vidar ... music programmer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Amberik ... production driver
John Armstrong ... production driver
Chet Badalato ... production driver
James R. Brown ... transportation coordinator (as James Brown)
Russ Buckens ... production driver
Kenneth Cervi ... production driver
Linda Cipperley ... production driver
Jerry Cipperly ... production driver (as Jerry Cipperley)
Kelly Joe Dugan ... production driver
Stephen J. Eads ... production driver (as Steve Eads)
David Garris ... production driver
Randy Gaston ... production driver (as Randall Lee Gaston)
Benson Jones ... production driver
Gregory A. Landes ... production driver (as Greg Landes)
John Kris Larsen ... production driver (as John Larsen)
Stephen A. Latina ... production driver (as Steve Latina)
Clair E. Leucart ... production driver (as Clair Leucart)
Bob Limon ... production driver
Leo Loa ... production driver
Ken Lubin ... production driver
Dennis McLaughlin ... production driver
Patrick A. McLaughlin ... production driver (as Patrick McLaughlin)
Bill Murphy ... production driver
Edward A. Powell ... production driver (as Ed Powell)
Manny Quinones ... transportation captain: Washington
Becky Raiche ... production driver
Ted Reed ... production driver
Tim Roslan ... transportation captain
Danny Rowe ... production driver
Ken Strong Jr. ... production driver (as Ken Strong II)

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Pamela Allain ... production secretary
Joseph Aspromonti ... production assistant (as Joe Aspromonti)
Lisa Aubel ... production assistant
David M. Brahms ... technical consultant (as Brigadier General David M. Brahms USMC [Ret.])
Alison Cannon ... assistant production accountant (as Alison Belanger)
Daneen Lagrone Conroy ... assistant: Ms. Moore (as Daneen Conroy)
Leslie Cornyn ... post-production accountant
Michael Doven ... assistant: Tom Cruise
Elizabeth Ervin ... production coordinator
Linda Folsom ... production coordinator (as Linda Allan-Folsom)
Mickey Garrigan ... production assistant
Alison Harstedt ... assistant production accountant
Jeri Held ... publicist: Washington
Jeff Jones ... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Pam Jones ... assistant: Mr. Reiner
K. Lenna Katich ... production accountant (as K. Lenna Kunkel)
Robert Lamkin ... caterer (as Robert Lampkin)
Steve Levine ... talent coordinator
Keith Madden ... projectionist: Washington
Kerry Lyn McKissick ... script supervisor
Steve Newman ... unit publicist
Annika Nord ... production assistant
Bettina Tendler O'Mara ... production promotions coordinator (as Bettina Tendler-O'Mara)
Catherine Rae Purves ... assistant to producers (as Catherine Purves-Statham)
Darin Rivetti ... production assistant
Alison C. Rosa ... production secretary: Washington
Alison Sherman ... production coordinator: Washington
Demetra Stamus ... production assistant
Brady Thomas ... production assistant
Angela C. Tortu ... production assistant (as Angela Tortu)
Dion B. Vines ... production assistant (as Dion Vines)
Russ Vollmers ... production assistant
Roberta Wells ... first aid
Jeff Winn ... craft service
Harry Winters ... payroll assistant
Frank D. Woodward ... caterer (as Frank Woodward)
Gilbert Young ... teamster shop steward: Washington
Nancy Seltzer ... publicist (uncredited)
Peter Shaner ... on set technical advisor (uncredited)
Chris Winn ... craft service (uncredited)

Thanks

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Walter Hill ... producers wish to thank (as Walter L. Hill II)
John Horton ... special thanks
Michael McClosky ... special thanks (as Major Michael McClosky)
Ray Smith ... special thanks
Robert A. Washington ... producers wish to thank (as Commissioner Robert A. Washington Ph.D.)
Haskell Wexler ... producers wish to thank
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Plot Summary

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

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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 »
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Also Known As
  • Des hommes d'honneur (France)
  • Eine Frage der Ehre (Germany)
  • Algunos hombres buenos (Spain)
  • Cuestión de honor (Argentina)
  • Bahurim Tovim (Israel, Hebrew title)
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  • 138 min
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Budget $40,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $243,240,178

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs A Judge Advocate has the same qualified immunity as any other attorney arguing a defense. The premise that he could be subject to Court Martial for Professional Misconduct if he accuses Jessop and Kendrick of a crime is preposterous. He could be prosecuted however for failing to do so if it was necessary in the defense of the accused and if he, in good faith, believes that they may be guilty of said crime. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Few Good Men/The Muppet Christmas Carol/Leap of Faith/Passion Fish (1992). See more »
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Quotes Judge Randolph: [to Kaffee from the judge's bench] Consider yourself in contempt!
Kaffee: Colonel Jessup, did you order the Code Red?
Judge Randolph: You don't have to answer that question!
Col. Jessup: I'll answer the question!
[to Kaffee]
Col. Jessup: You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to.
Col. Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I WANT THE TRUTH!
Col. Jessup: YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
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Col. Jessup: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know; that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, *saves lives*. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it! I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a *damn* what you think you are entitled to!
Kaffee: Did you order the code red?
Col. Jessup: I did the job I...
Kaffee: [interupts him] *Did you order the Code Red?*
Col. Jessup: *You're God damn right I did!*
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