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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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This story would be funnier...if it weren't also true. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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

Col. Burton answers that he grew up "near Chicago" and then specifies by naming Normal, IL as the town he grew up in. Normal is actually 132 miles southwest of Chicago, which is hardly near it. See more »

Quotes

Major General Partridge: Just because the tests didn't turn out the way Colonel Burton thought they would, was no reason to suspect there was anything devious going on.
Madame Chairwoman: I ask you General, filling the fuel tanks with WATER before a test to check the combustibility of those tanks, that wasn't devious?
Major General Partridge: If the tanks had been filled with fuel, there's a good chance the vehicle would have exploded.
Congressman #1: Isn't that the point?
Major General Partridge: If the vehicle had exploded, we wouldn't be able to run additional tests!
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Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
Written by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Bates)
Produced and Arranged by Les Pierce and Joseph Vitarelli
Performed by Carmen Carter
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pentagon Wars See more »

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Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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