A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.
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
It is mentioned several times that Billy Sunday swam out of the St. Lo when she sunk. The U.S.S. St. Lo was an escort carrier, and the first major U.S. Navy ship to be sunk by a kamikaze. It happened during the Battle off Samar, part of the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf. The St. Lo and several other escort carriers, along with a handful of destroyers and destroyer escorts, held off a larger, and more powerful, Japanese task force, whose mission was to shell the Allied invasion force preparing to re-take the Philippines. See more »
Even by the standards of the 1950s, some of the racism seen at the Divers Training School would have been excessive. Chief among them, the order of the Training School Commander to let Carl Brashear die during his final diving exam, would simply not have been followed by Navy personnel since this was in a sense a criminal order even in those days. See more »
[Addressing the cadet divers]
gentlemen, this is weekend liberty, remember one night stands maybe over in the morning but Syphilis lasts a lifetime.
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The woman in the detox center is listed as "Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center" See more »
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
Sunny Side of the Mountain
Written by William York
Performed by Harold Hawkshaw Hawkins (as Hawkshaw Hawkins)
Courtesy of King Records
By Arrangement with Global Music Licensing and Source/Q See more »
This one is a great one! Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding have teamed up to make a powerful and very influential film. This is the true story of the first black US Navy diver and the obstacles he faced in attaining his certification at the hands of a racist Master diver. Along the way, he must also face plain old bigotry from all of his classmates, none of whom want him in their class. They move out of the barracks when he arrives. Ultimately, he becomes certified and goes on to have a great career as a US Navy diver. Watch this one! It's a great tale of courage and honor. As the story unfolds, we get to watch racism slowly dissipate and everyone begins to respect men one at a time.
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