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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

Story of a cover up in the military.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

James Burton (book), Jamie Malanowski (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Grammer ... General Partridge
Cary Elwes ... Colonel James Burton
Viola Davis ... Sgt. Fanning
John C. McGinley ... Colonel J.D. Bock
Tom Wright ... Major William Sayers
Clifton Powell ... Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
Dewey Weber ... Spec-4 Granger
Richard Schiff ... Colonel Smith
J.C. MacKenzie ... Jones
Richard Benjamin ... Casper Weinberger
Olympia Dukakis ... Madam Chairwoman
Christopher Grove ... Congressman #1
Sam Anderson ... Congressman #2
Darcas Macopson ... USMC Guard at Subway (as Dwayne Macopson)
Dominic D. DeNiro Dominic D. DeNiro ... Guard at Military Base
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Storyline

Air Force Lt. Col. John Burton was assigned to evaluate the usefulness of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, an Army troop carrier/scout vehicle that, in its final redesign, was effectively a deathtrap for its occupants. Burton keeps trying to execute a proper live-fire armor test on it but is constantly subverted by his temporary commanding officer, Army Maj. Gen. Partridge, in order to get it under construction and in the field. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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This story would be funnier...if it weren't also true. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Pentagon Wars See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Part of this movie was filmed at Camp Roberts CA. The base served as a large basic training site during WWII. See more »

Goofs

The company shown as manufacturing the Bradley vehicles in Fresno is labeled American Ordinance. The proper spelling would be Ordnance. An ordinance is like a municipal law, traffic law, etc. See more »

Quotes

Major General Partridge: I'm not going to sit here and tell you the Paveway never missed.
Madame Chairwoman: It missed by a mean distance of five miles, and nearly fifty percent of the time.
Major General Partridge: You know, in baseball, a guy that hits .400 is considered pretty damned great.
Congressman #1: In baseball, the losing team isn't killed by their opponents.
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Soundtracks

America, the Beautiful
Written by Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates (as Katherine Bates)
Performed by the St. John's Cathedral Boys and Girls' Choir, Donald Pearson, Conductor
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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The war for a good quality troopers-transport vehicle.
30 June 2002 | by silveraukSee all my reviews

This movie could have been good to watch on a big screen. The humor is good, the dialogues are fine and the actors never overact. General Partridge (Kelsey Grammer) forgets that the business of war begins with providing good material to the troops. Colonel James Burton (Cary Elwes) knows this and he delivers a speech to the test-company that must make a demonstration of the Bradley troop transporter. The senatorial commission cannot understand that the development costs of the vehicle lasted for 17 years and costed 14 billion dollars. The hearings and questions of that commission provides one of the most humoristic scenes of the movie and are unsurpassed by other political movies.


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