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A Few Good Men (1992)

Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.

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In this dramatic courtroom thriller, LT Daniel Kaffee, a Navy lawyer who has never seen the inside of the courtroom, defends two stubborn Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. Kaffee is known as being lazy and had arranged for a plea bargain. Downey's Aunt Ginny appoints Cmdr. Galloway to represent him. Also on the legal staff is LTJG Sam Weinberg. The team rounds up many facts and Kaffee is discovering that he is really cut out for trial work. The defense is originally based upon the fact that PFC Santiago, the victim, was given a "CODE RED". Santiago was basically a screw-up. At Gitmo, screw-ups aren't tolerated. Especially by Col. Nathan Jessup. In Cuba, Jessup and two senior officers try to give all the help they can, but Kaffee knows something's fishy. In the conclusion of the film, the fireworks are set off by a confrontation between Jessup and Kaffee. Written by Matt Curtolo <curt@epix.net>

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In the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 December 1992 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$141,340,178 (USA)
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According to Rob Reiner, Tom Cruise would always stay after rehearsals to work on perfecting his role. See more »

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When Ross and Kaffee first negotiate a plea bargain deal, Ross says if they plead guilty the prosecution will drop the conspiracy and conduct unbecoming charges, then they'll serve twenty years and they'll be released for good behavior in ten years. Kaffee replies that he wants twelve years, obviously 10 is less than 12 so why would Kaffee want his clients to serve a longer sentence? Clearly, however, he's asking for 12 instead of 20 and his clients would then presumably be released for good behavior in maybe six years - though neither the prosecution nor defense lawyers have any say in when a convicted person is released for good behavior, and these are only estimates for Kaffee's use in presenting to his clients. See more »

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Drill Master: Forward, march!
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A Few Great Moments
27 June 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I'm not the greatest fan of Tom Cruise, yet A Few Good Men along with Jerry McGuire would have to rank as one of his best performances. Owing to a transition from stage to celluloid, the movie has the intimacy of drama written all over it.

The emphasis on facial expression, the length of dialog and the sheer drama make the watching of the movie a unique experience. The writer doesn't cater for the unenlightened, doesn't drawl over or repeat facts. Afterall, it is the experience of watching A Few Good Men that is a winner over and above all else.

Demi Moore is gorgeous alluring and vulnerable all at once. Worth a watch and perhaps another.


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