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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.

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Simon West

Writers:

Nelson DeMille (novel), Christopher Bertolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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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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Trivia

The 7th Psychological Operations Group, which in this movie is based at the fictitious Fort MacCallum, Georgia, does exist. It is a psy-ops unit of the United States Army Reserve. It has its headquarters at Moffett Field, California. Until 1994 it had its headquarters at San Francisco's Presidio. The 7th has four battalions at four different Army posts. No listing for a 5th Instructional Detachment appears in any searchable record. See more »

Goofs

(at around 46 mins) After visiting the office of the murdered victim, the two investigators go to the Officer's Club for a drink. They look around the room and there is a non-commissioned officer (E-7) in the club fraternizing with the commissioned officers. This would never have been allowed in an officers' club nor would it likely have occurred off of the base with officers and enlisted men still in uniform. 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

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Downstairs
Written by Elvin Jones (as Elvin Ray Jones)
Performed by Kenny Burrell (as Kenneth Burrell)
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Overly Talky, But Well Made
12 June 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Overly talkative and overly complex, "The General's Daughter" just doesn't know when to quit. Still, there's no denying it is a well-made, well-acted effort from director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). John Travolta stars as Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, determined to get to the bottom of the murder of a respected base commander's daughter. Of course very little is as it initially seems as Brenner peels back one layer of lies after another -- some surprising, others less so. The final truth is so bizarre and disturbing that even the most experienced viewers won't guess it. More focus and a shorter running time would have helped this one.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,332,053, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$102,705,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,705,852
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2.39 : 1
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