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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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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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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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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

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 »

Quotes

Caspar Weinberger: Why am I learning about these things in the newspaper? It makes me look foolish, and I am not a foolish man!
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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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funny, but worrisome
27 December 2003 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it's quite clever and amusing and keeps a good pace. The disturbing thing is there's usually not some crusader to put the brakes on something like this. The movie really fails to deal with the motivations of the people who so unethically push the project through; they must have some rational for their actions, which could result in untold deaths, but we never hear an explanation. So it's not an in depth analysis, and I'd love to see a documentary on the same subject, but it's quite enjoyable.


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