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Men of Honor (2000)

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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him.

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George Tillman Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Master Chief Billy Sunday
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Chief Carl Brashear
Charlize Theron ... Gwen Sunday
Aunjanue Ellis ... Jo
Hal Holbrook ... 'Mr. Pappy'
Michael Rapaport ... GM1 Snowhill
Powers Boothe ... Captain Pullman
David Keith ... Captain Hartigan
Holt McCallany ... MM1 Dylan Rourke
David Conrad ... Lt. / Cmdr. / Capt. Hanks
Joshua Leonard ... PO2 Timothy Douglas Isert
Carl Lumbly ... Mac Brashear
Lonette McKee ... Ella Brashear
Glynn Turman ... Chief Floyd
Dennis Troutman Dennis Troutman ... Boots
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Storyline

The story ultimately revolves around two "men of honor"; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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History is made by those who break the rules.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Navy Diver See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,339,465, 12 November 2000

Gross USA:

$48,818,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,343,495
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2009, the USNS T-AKE 7 was named the USNS Carl Brashear, in honor of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear (1931-2006), who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the Navy Diving School, and was designated a Navy salvage diver. He was the first African-American to qualify and serve as a master diver while on active duty, and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation. After thirty-one years of service, Brashear officially retired from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979. See more »

Goofs

During the hearing when Carl takes 12 steps, as he finishes step 3, his left foot is clearly on a black tile. When he takes step four, the left foot is now on a white tile. See more »

Quotes

[Sunday regards a picture of Carl's late father]
Billy Sunday: What the hell did he ever say to make you try so hard?
Carl Brashear: Be the best.
Billy Sunday: Well, you are.
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Alternate Versions

DVD includes several deleted scenes cut from the final film:
  • Billy lies drunk on a beach and is caught by Military Police; the film then cuts to the opening scene showing just why he is in handcuffs.
  • Carl finds Pappy's dog and he makes a white officer wash the poor animal in lye because carl touched it.
  • an alternate ending showing just what exactly happened to Billy
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Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Men of Honor' (2000) See more »

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Will You Be There
Written and Performed by Gene Rodriguez
Courtesy of Tuff City/Night Train International
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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An inspirational story with some shortcomings
21 April 2001 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

Military training films are becoming so common that they are becoming a genre unto themselves. Among the more prominent we have, `Officer and a Gentleman', `Top Gun', `GI Jane', and now `Men of Honor'. The fact that this one happened to be true doesn't change the fact that the formula is the same. This film is probably most like `GI Jane' since it focuses on the desegregation angle.

The story is actually quite inspirational and is probably the best human-interest story among those mentioned above. Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is unquestionably a man of great courage and principle, and his strength of character shines through brightly in this film. Unfortunately, director George Tillman has tunnel vision in presenting the characters and eschews character development of various characters other than Brashear in favor of showing Brashear in a constant state of adversity. Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) is a central figure, and except for the initial scene, the fistfight and a couple of scenes with his wife, we don't know much about him. For instance, Brashear sees the scars on Sunday's palms and we are to assume that he worked a plow, but there is no follow-up on that point. Mr. Pappy (Hal Holbrook) gets only one short scene by which we can judge him. The rest of his screen time shows him pacing around and ranting. If a director is going to make a human-interest story, he needs to humanize the characters.

Cuba Gooding Jr. gives an outstanding performance as Brashear. This is probably the best I've seen him. This is a role and a character that is far more complete than any part he has played before, and he rises to the occasion. In `Jerry Maguire', Rod Tidwell was a fascinating, but one-dimensional character with the depth of a rain puddle. Brashear is much more complex and grounded, and the issues he faces are life crises, making the part far more challenging. This is an excellent recovery from Gooding's last role in `Chill Factor', a film so dreadful that it was almost an act of professional suicide to take the part.

After a stint trying his hand as a comedian (`Analyze This', `The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle', `Meet The Parents'), Robert DeNiro is back to his dramatic roots with an outstanding performance. DeNiro isn't a bad comedian, he is just such a great dramatic actor that it seems like he shouldn't waste his time doing comedy. DeNiro endows Billy Sunday with a rock hard personality belying a tortured soul. It is a pleasure watching him work.

It seems every film I watch lately has Charlize Theron in it. I saw `The Legend of Bagger Vance', `Men of Honor' and `The Yards' right in a row and I was beginning to wonder if she had a part in every film in 2000 (actually, she only did five). This was a minor role for Theron, but she carried it off well and managed to stay with DeNiro step for step. David Keith, who co-starred with Richard Gere in `Officer and a Gentleman', has a cameo here

The DVD has some interesting special features, including reflections by the real Carl Brashear and some deleted scenes.

I enjoyed this film despite the hackneyed plot and the one-dimensional presentation. I rated it a 7/10. I'm a sucker for underdog stories and I have a fondness for stories where strength of character is the central theme. This film is particularly strong in both areas and brings us two memorable acting performances that compensate for some of the director's shortcomings.


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