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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Story of a cover up in the military.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

James Burton (book), Jamie Malanowski (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... General Partridge
Cary Elwes ... Colonel James Burton
Viola Davis ... Sgt. Fanning
John C. McGinley ... Colonel J.D. Bock
Tom Wright ... Major William Sayers
Clifton Powell ... Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
Dewey Weber ... Spec-4 Granger
Richard Schiff ... Colonel Smith
J.C. MacKenzie ... Jones
Richard Benjamin ... Casper Weinberger
Olympia Dukakis ... Madam Chairwoman
Christopher Grove ... Congressman #1
Sam Anderson ... Congressman #2
Darcas Macopson ... USMC Guard at Subway (as Dwayne Macopson)
Dominic D. DeNiro Dominic D. DeNiro ... Guard at Military Base
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Storyline

Air Force Lt. Col. John Burton was assigned to evaluate the usefulness of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, an Army troop carrier/scout vehicle that, in its final redesign, was effectively a deathtrap for its occupants. Burton keeps trying to execute a proper live-fire armor test on it but is constantly subverted by his temporary commanding officer, Army Maj. Gen. Partridge, in order to get it under construction and in the field. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

They aimed to build the ultimate fighting machine...they missed. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pentagon Wars See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of this movie was filmed at Camp Roberts CA. The base served as a large basic training site during WWII. See more »

Goofs

Per his book "The Pentagon Wars", during the Bradley fight, Lt. Col Burton drove a pumpkin orange VW Beetle convertible, not a light blue Mustang. See more »

Quotes

[Burton enters Partridge's office and salutes smartly. Without looking up, Partridge waits a few moments, then returns it]
Major General Partridge: Colonel Burton, I want you to write your report on the Bradley.
Lt. Colonel James Burton: Sir, I was told that my job had been...
Major General Partridge: Your job has been reinstated. I'd like your report on my desk by 0800 tomorrow morning.
Lt. Colonel James Burton: Yes, sir.
Major General Partridge: And Colonel, in case you are unaware, as per the military manual you will deliver your report to me and to me alone. Should so much as a single copy of your report be made ...
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Soundtracks

Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The New Sousa Band
Conducted by Keith Brion
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Comedy or horror?
28 January 1999 | by NCYankeeSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, especially Kelsey Grammar as the unflappable general - always ready with a quick answer and so sincere you want to believe him, despite the utter absurdity of what he is saying. I am not sure whether to treat this movie as comedy or horror - it would be quite amusing as fiction , but I find it rather terrifying to think that it is based on a true story. Is this really how our tax dollars are wasted? As a former member of the military I find it all too easy to believe.


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