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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Master Chief Billy Sunday
... Chief Carl Brashear
... Gwen Sunday
... Jo
... 'Mr. Pappy'
... GM1 Snowhill
... Captain Pullman
... Captain Hartigan
... MM1 Dylan Rourke
... Lt. / Cmdr. / Capt. Hanks
... PO2 Timothy Douglas Isert
... Mac Brashear
... Ella Brashear
... Chief Floyd
Dennis Troutman ... Boots
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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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10 November 2000 (USA)  »

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Navy Diver  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,339,465, 12 November 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,818,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,343,495
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When Brashear is preparing for the final meeting to review his readiness to be reinstated, the US flag visible in the background has 48 stars. In 1968, it should have 50. See more »

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Mr. Pappy: [in his flat, Sunday just walked in] Did you know that ordinary house dust is composed primarily ofhuman skin ?
Billy Sunday: No sir, I didn't know that.
Mr. Pappy: [chuckles] Makes you think twice about who you invite into your home.
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Stars and Stripes Forever
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Arranged by Will Schaefer
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The Man Who Wouldn't Quit
6 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The inspiring story of Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), a black man who grew up in poverty in Kentucky and then joined the US Navy, aspiring to be the first black Master Diver in Navy history. We are shown the series of struggles from boyhood on that Brashear has to overcome to make his dream come true (and then to keep it alive.) Not the least of the challenges was Master Diver Bill Sunday (Robert DeNiro), the head trainer at the diving school the Navy sends Brashear to, who is not especially sympathetic to Brashear's goals, but who ultimately becomes an unlikely friend and supporter.

This is a good movie; fast paced and with a lot of action, although not an "action" pic in the normal sense of the word. There's a very human story here as well, and an interesting study of racism and the struggle to overcome it; there's also a sense of the struggle that took place in the 1960's between older and younger naval officers (the "old navy" vs the "new navy.") The performances are quite good - particularly Goodings'. I thought DeNiro was perhaps a bit over the top in his portrayal of Sunday (although, who knows, Sunday might well have been this extreme kind of loose cannon) and the portrayal of Sunday's wife Gwen (by Charlize Theron) also made me question whether these parts were "jazzed up" to provide entertainment value.

A good movie, though. I never once wondered if it was worth tuning into.

7/10


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