A recently discharged Major finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets.

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Nick Castle

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Joe Connelly (story), Bob Mosher (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damon Wayans ... Maj. Benson Payne
Michael Ironside ... Lt. Col. Stone
Bam Bam Bigelow ... Huge Biker (as Scott Bigelow)
Joseph Blaire Joseph Blaire ... Cadet Bryan (as Joda Blare-Hershman)
Orlando Brown ... Cadet Kevin 'Tiger' Dunne
Peyton Chesson-Fohl Peyton Chesson-Fohl ... Cadet Sgt. Johnson
Stephen Coleman Stephen Coleman ... Cadet Leland
Mark Conway Mark Conway ... Police Sergeant
David DeHart David DeHart ... Wellington Cadet Captain
Joshua Todd Diveley Joshua Todd Diveley ... New Cadet
Robert Faraoni Jr. Robert Faraoni Jr. ... Smart Ass Soldier
Michael Gabel ... Lt. Wiseman
Albert Hall ... Gen. Decker
William Hickey ... Dr. Phillips
Ross Bickell Ross Bickell ... Col. Braggart
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Storyline

Major Benson Winifred Payne is being discharged from the Marines. Payne is a killin' machine, but the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield. A career Marine, he has no idea what to do as a civilian, so his commander finds him a job - commanding officer of a local school's JROTC program, a bunch or ragtag losers with no hope. Using such teaching tools as live grenades and real bullets, Payne starts to instill the Corps with some hope. But when Payne is recalled to fight in Bosnia, will he leave the Corps that has just started to believe in him, or will he find out that killin' ain't much of a livin'? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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He's looking for a few good men... or a few guys old enough to shave. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some crude humor and behavior | See all certifications »

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In one scene, Major Payne tells the children, "Now apparently, what we have here, is a failure to communicate!" This is a famous quote taken from the movie Cool Hand Luke See more »

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When Major Payne reports to Brigadier General Decker at the beginning of the film Payne salutes Decker without wearing his cover. U.S. Marines do not salute indoors unless, for instance, they're on some type of duty that requires them to be in full uniform including covers. See more »

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[Major Payne has shaved the children bald]
Emily: Major Payne, can you please help me to understand why you shaved the children bald?
Major Payne: Oh, that's my little incentive program. These boys have to earn their do... their hair-do that is. Heh,Heh,Heh.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Pop That Coochie
Written by Luther Campbell (as L. Campbell), Mr. Mixx (as D. Hobbs), Brother Marquis (as M. Ross), Fresh Kid Ice (as C. Wong Won)
Performed by 2 Live Crew
Courtesy of Luke Records, Inc.
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No Payneful puns here...
27 October 2002 | by Chandler81See all my reviews

This film is a lot better than most would expect, largely because of two factors - the screenplay and the star. The script, while not particularly original in terms of its narrative, is superb in terms of its humour which is quite dark and dry in parts. "There's a monster in my closet" complains a frightened child. Not after Payne puts five bullets into the closed door.

Payne's unconventional character is a riot and the film is balanced just right so that he doesn't become too annoying. And believe me, he has the potential to become very annoying, especially with THAT voice. Wayans delivers his dialogue in a manner almost reminiscent TV's The Nanny - nasal and grating. However, he performs with such dry sarcasm and a fantastic permanent grimace that he is a real stand-out, and ultimately the film probably wouldn't work as well with another actor in the role.

For light entertainment value, 7/10 for Major Payne.


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USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

24 March 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Major Payne See more »

Filming Locations:

Charlottesville, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,225, 26 March 1995

Gross USA:

$29,412,050

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,112,050
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1.85 : 1
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