A Few Good Men
When two marines are charged with murdering a member of their platoon during an unsanctioned disciplinary action in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the armed forces hire a lieutenant they believe is a lightweight defense attorney. Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) prides himself in having successfully plea-bargained every one of his 44 cases and would just as well make this one his 45th. However, ambitious internal affairs officer Lieutenant Commander Jo Ann Galloway (Demi Moore) smells a rat in the form of a hushed-up practice known as Code Red and, furious at Kaffee's halfhearted efforts, gets hired as the younger cadet's defender. Aided by Lt. Com. Galloway's prodding, Lt. Kaffee begins to realize the rottenness of the whole affair and sets to take on the whole Guantanamo Bay marine corps and its codes, a decision that makes inevitable a ferocious head-to-head showdown with an immovable force. Irascible Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson, in one of the most striking performances of his fabled career) heads the Cuban marine base and is on the cusp of appointment to the National Security Council. Jessup embodies both the necessity and the evil in necessary evil and does not take lightly to anyone questioning his or his corps' methods. Aaron Sorkin's script is adapted from his own gripping award-winning Broadway play and is skillfully brought to the screen by director Rob Reiner.
A Few Good Men
I can't really touch this one. Let me just outline what I love about it.
I love first and foremost the plot. I am a sucker for courtroom drama, hence one of my favorite television programs being Law and Order. There's nothing better than thundering away at a witness on the stand or having things completely bomb out when there's a surprise you didn't anticipate and then how you rebound from that with something else. Some days I wish I had become a lawyer. But I think I'd rather just play one on TV. I also love the dialogue and interaction between characters. It's so quick and funny and charming all at the same time. You want to hang out with these people and listen to their banter.
I love Tom Cruise in this movie. He's so young, witty, charming, and above all he gets smart. He gets some guts and takes on the big challenges to do the right thing. It's brilliant and I couldn't imagine anyone else in the role. I also think Jack Nicholson is amazingly perfect in his role. No one else can speak the way he does. You just want to listen to him all day. You want to listen to him recite his grocery list as long as he adds something snappy to the end like, "You'll have to ask me nicely." He's such an imposing presence when he enters the courtroom with enough badges and honors that he should be leaning to the side with the weight. His monologues on the stand (and the entire rest of the movie) I have committed to memory. They should be printed on a poster or t-shirt. "Because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You NEED me on that wall! We use words like honor, code, loyalty. You use them as a punchline." Complete with that sneer of disdain.
Kevin Pollack does a great job as the sidekick/go-to guy and gives a great speech about how if he had to choose between his friend and his friend's father that he'd choose his friend "every day of the week and twice on Sunday" and gives him the boost to carry through to the end of the movie. Demi Moore is great when she's sparring with Daniel Caffy (Cruise) in the beginning of the movie and when she stands up to him. The rest of the time she's just ok. It's a well written part and a lot of actresses could have done it just as well.
And the music just inspires you to run out and do the right thing, lol. There's nothing better than the background when Caffy says, "You don't need a patch on your arm to have honor" and Dawson returns with a, "Ten-hut! There's an officer on deck." This movie had best actor and supporting actor nominations for Cruise and Nicholson but neither won. That's a shame. But I don't know what other movies were up in 1992, maybe they were very deserving. A Few Good Men gets an A+. It's an almost perfect movie.
When two Marines are accused of killing a fellow soldier at Guantanamo base in Cuba, rookie navy attorney Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Lt. Com. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) are assigned to defend them at the court martial back in Washington. Kaffee, a lazy hotshot, is inclined to plea out the case, but Galloway pushes him and co-counsel Lt. Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollak) to dig deeper. This means questioning an array of officers played by Kevin Bacon, Keifer Sutherland, J.T.Walsh, Christopher Guest, and eventually the intimidating base commander, Colonel Nathan Jessep (Jack Nicholson). The climactic confrontation between Kaffee and Jessup in the courtroom is justly celebrated. Long before he created "The West Wing" and "Sports Night," Aaron Sorkin wrote the play, then the screenplay, on which this somewhat slick and pat but still excellent and very moving 1992 film was based, under the direction of Rob Reiner.
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A FEW GOOD MEN PLUS ONE HOT ACTRESS~DEMI MOORE-MUST SEE
...A FEW GOOD MEN IS ONE OF THE BEST FILMS YOU WILL EVER SEE. TOM CRUISE DOES AN EXCELENT JOB, DEMI MOORE IS SIMPLY SUPERB, AND JACK NICHOLSON GIVES A PERFORMANCE OF A LIFETIME! THIS IS A TRULY SPECTACULAR FILM WHICH TALES PLACE IN A COURTROOM SITUATION ANS DEALS WITH A POSSIBLE WAR CRIME COMMITED BY HIGH RANKING OFFICER-PLACING JACK NICHOLSON ON THE STAND, WITH TOM CRUISE ACTING AS HIS CROSS-EXAMINER. ONE OF THE GREATEST MILITARY FILMS EVER WRITTEN, A FEW GOOD MEN SHEDS LIGHT ON THE MARINE CORE LIKE NEVER BEFORE. MUST SEE FILM, I RATE THIS ONE TWO THUMBS UP, 5 STARS! *****
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I ordered a CODE RED!
First off what a great cast. Demi Moore, Tom Cruise, Jack Nickolson and Kevin Bacon. Not to mention a great supporting cast as well. This movie definately kept me on the edge of my seat but not like an action movie would but like a great drama or suspense. This will be a classic one day and in some circles already is. The reason I bought this movie was due in part to the starring cast and I Love Military dramas. Kevin Bacon and Tom cruise while still young were to me in their respective primes. This movie never gets old, unless you watch it everyday then it would. Great flick not many like it.