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The General's Daughter (1999)

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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Director:

Simon West

Writers:

Nelson DeMille (novel), Christopher Bertolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Paul Brenner
Madeleine Stowe ... Sara Sunhill
James Cromwell ... General Campbell
Timothy Hutton ... Colonel Kent
Leslie Stefanson ... Elisabeth Campbell
Daniel von Bargen ... Chief Yardley
Clarence Williams III ... Colonel Fowler
James Woods ... Colonel Moore
Peter Weireter Peter Weireter ... Belling
Mark Boone Junior ... Elkins
John Beasley ... Colonel Slesinger
Boyd Kestner ... Captain Elby
Brad Beyer ... Bransford
John Benjamin Hickey ... Captain Goodson
Rick Dial Rick Dial ... Cal Seivers
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Storyline

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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To find the truth, follow the lies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija del general See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,332,053, 20 June 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,705,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,705,852
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. Army refused to endorse or have anything to do with the film's production. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) In a common Hollywood error, Gen. Campbell refers to Fort MacCallum as a base. The army doesn't refer to their installations as bases. A real Army officer would have referred to the installation as a post. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
MP Guard: I.D., please. First Sergeant White, please proceed.
Brenner: [in a southern accent] I believe I will. Thank you kindly.
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll scenes from the alternate version are shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The General's Son (2000) See more »

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She Began to Lie (Sea Lion Woman)
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Performed by Christine Shipp, Katherine Shipp
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Lots Of Pluses and Minuses, But Entertaining
3 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was an excellent drama marred only by a little too much profanity and the normal Hollywood obsession of portraying the United States military as corrupt. (I have a news flash for filmmakers: there are some honest men in the military....really!!!) Feminism in the armed forces is another "agenda" item in this film.

There are many pluses, however, with this movie that should be noted. . The acting is excellent with a deep cast featuring John Travolta, James Cromwell, Madeline Stowe, Timothy Hutton, James Woods, Clarence Williams III, Leslie Stefanson and more.

I loved the dialog between Travola and Woods. It reminded me of the film noir films of the 1940s. The general's daughter, Stephanson, is a bit hard-edged in here but it's understandable when you find out why she acts the way she does. The characters the actors are all interesting and the story hooks you in right away. The cinematography is great. This looks stunning on DVD.

There are no lulls in this film and the action isn't overdone, either. Very entertaining.


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