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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Story of a cover up in the military.

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... General Partridge
... Colonel James Burton
... Sgt. Fanning
... Colonel J.D. Bock
... Major William Sayers
... Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
... Spec-4 Granger
... Colonel Smith
... Jones
... Casper Weinberger
... Madam Chairwoman
... Congressman #1
... Congressman #2
... USMC Guard at Subway (as Dwayne Macopson)
Dominic D. DeNiro ... Guard at Military Base
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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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They aimed to build the ultimate fighting machine...they missed. See more »

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Comedy | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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28 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Die Bradley-Affäre  »

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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 »

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Major General Partridge: But even a heat-seeking missile can miss a target.
Madame Chairwoman: General, it says here that you taped electric hotplates to the surface of the vehicle to help your heat-seeking missile find its target, and that the surface temperature of the vehicle was so high it could have fried an egg at twenty feet!
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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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Scary but true
26 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I find it interesting that this movie is classified as a comedy, granted some of the procedures that Col. Burton is forced to go through are comical. What i find disturbing is this is based on the real true to life development of the bradley fighting vehicle. Not only was it produced at great cost (over 13 billion taxpayer dollars) but after spending that much money it was an unsafe deathtrap for anyone riding in it, unfortunately it was a troop carrier. thankfully we did not have any conflicts requiring the use of the vehicle until most of the defects were fixed. also disturbing is the fact that every officer involved in the development of the bradley was promoted and went on to lucrative defense contracting positions while Col. Burton was forced to leave the Air Force.


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