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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 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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Trivia

The year after this film was released, Cuba Gooding, Jr., portrayed Doris Miller, the first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross, in Pearl Harbor (2001). See more »

Goofs

Carl Brashear recovers a Hydrogen bomb. The newspaper that Billy Sunday reads says "A-Bomb recovered." In civilian and military parlance, a Hydrogen bomb is called H-bomb, and an Atom Bomb is called an A-bomb. See more »

Quotes

Billy Sunday: [Carl Brashear is skipping rope. After missing a jump he is laying on the floor. While swearing in walks Billy Sunday] Cookie. God damn it! It looks like I missed one helluva party.
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Crazy Credits

The woman in the detox center is listed as "Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center" See more »

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

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Red Tails (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Arranged by Will Schaefer
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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The movie tells the story of a Professional Navy Man.
11 February 2006 | by cseonSee all my reviews

This film is an excellent military movie. It may not be an excellent Hollywood Movie, but that does not matter. Hollywood has a reputation of sacrificing accuracy for good entertainment, but that is not the case with this movie. Other reviewers have found this movie to be too slow for their taste, but – as a retired Soldier – I appreciate the pace the movie crew deliberately took to tell their story as completely as possible given the two hours and nine minutes allotted. The story itself has been told and retold several times over, but it remains for a professional soldier – and an African American at that – to report on the story as presented by the movie crew, and as it presents the US Navy to the world. The story of Brashear's work to become a Navy Diver, and his life as a Navy Diver beyond his graduation, is not the only story that is presented. There I also the story of how Master Chief Petty Officer Sunday defied the illegal order of his Commanding Officer that Petty Officer 2nd Class Brashear not be passed in his test dive no matter how well he did, and paid the price of a loss of one Stripe and a change of assignment. It also told the true story how Brashear found the third Hydrogen Bombs lost in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain in the 1950's, and how he saved the life of another seaman who was in the line of the snapped running line that would have snapped him in two if Brashear had not shoved him out of the way and took the shot himself. This was a complex story that was worth telling, and I will admit that two hours and nine minutes was not enough to tell the full story, and I can tell from the deleted scenes on the DVD that the crew tried their best to tell a story as full as possible. As a professional soldier, I was proud to see such a great story told in such a comprehensive manner, and to see the traditions and honor of the navy preserved in such a natural and full manner.


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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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