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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.


Simon West


Nelson DeMille (novel), Christopher Bertolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3,547 ( 3)
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Did You Know?


Before the closing credits a statement by then then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stating that the day would come when there wouldn't be a position in the military that women won't occupy. As of 2019 quite a few women have met this challenge, a few of which include the following (in current or former posts):
  • Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, commander of the 40th Infantry Division
  • Major General Robin L. Fontes, deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan
  • Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command
  • Brigadier General Diana Holland, commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy
  • Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham - quartermaster general
The highest rank attained by a woman was General Ann E. Dunwoody (retired), commander of the U.S. Northern Command, who received her fourth star in 2008. See more »


In the segment of the training video shown near the end, it is stated that the human eye can, "perceive 16 shades of gray." This is utter nonsense. We can perceive thousands. If the statement were true, a white-to-black gradient would look to us like it has sixteen stripes of gray instead of a smooth transition. Early second-generation gray-scale monitors would be able to display sixteen shades of gray, but this was the limitation of early graphics cards and had nothing to do with human perception. See more »


[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 »


Referenced in Spy Kids (2001) See more »


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User Reviews

Skip the movie, Read the book!!!
5 October 2002 | by rachel-56See all my reviews

This movie was extremely disappointing to me after having read the book by Nelson Demille (who happens to be my favorite author). I was unable to put the book down...I totally struggled through watching this movie, however. The movie did not do the novel justice and left out or changed many key parts. I usually don't expect any movie to be as good as the book, but this movie is by far the worst adaptation to a novel I have seen and I hope people don't judge one of the finest authors of our time by this disappointing movie.

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Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,332,053, 20 June 1999

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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