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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Story of a cover up in the military.


Richard Benjamin


James Burton (book), Jamie Malanowski (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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


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 »


Comedy | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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 »


When they are shooting the TOW missile at the Bradley full of sheep, the gunner says, "On the way," after which the order, "Fire," is given. This is totally backwards (and dangerous). When the gunner says, "On the way," it means he is pulling the trigger, which is something he should do AFTER the command to Fire. See more »


Caspar Weinberger: I take it you've read today's Washington Post, referring to, quote, a "high-ranking Pentagon source"?
Major General Partridge: Yes, indeed. And, like you, I am shocked that any officer within the Pentagon would...
Caspar Weinberger: Leaks within the Pentagon, General, are how I get most of my information.
Major General Partridge: Mr. Secretary, are you suggesting that the Pentagon has been less than forthcoming?
Caspar Weinberger: "Less than forthcoming"? Then perhaps you can explain to me why I have to learn from the press, that the man in charge of testing the Bradley Fighting ...
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America, the Beautiful
Written by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Bates)
Performed by the St. John's Cathedral Boys and Girls' Choir, Donald Pearson, Conductor
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Oh...to understand the military...
30 December 2006 | by papamac630See all my reviews

Anyone who has ever been connected to the military understands the great oxymoron that it is...and probably always will be...but this movie is a classic example of how the military can run amok if it isn't closely monitored...although the humor in this movie does help to make it easier to take...there are a few notable performances that elevate this past the "TV Movie Of The Week" stereotype...Richard Schiff as the put-upon colonel who gets the Bradley project dumped on him 1st, Cary Elwes as the Air Force lieutenant colonel who ends up with the task, Kelsey Grammar as a smug and pompous Army general...all spice up the film and make it better than it should have been...at the end, there is a scene involving the enlisted men on the testing team and Elwes that could be considered semi-sappy...unless you served in the military and understand the relationship between the men and Elwes and how it evolved...then that scene is strikingly important...you will love the part about the sheep...and I can assure you, having been in the Army, yes, this is how Army people talk and act...get this movie, watch this movie, enjoy this movie...it's a nice vacation from today's headlines...and you will roll your eyes at the end...

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28 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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