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Men Of Honour [Blu-ray] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr, Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport
  • Directors: George Tillman Jr.
  • Producers: Robert Teitel, Bill Badalato
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2007
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA6UQK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,997 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), an Afro-American recruit with the U.S. Navy, discovers his vocation in life when he is transferred to an elite training school for deep-sea divers. Yet despite the recent abolition of segregation, Carl still suffers from the lingering racism it has left in its wake; finding himself rejected by many of his fellow trainees, victimized by the school's bigoted commanding officer Mr Pappy (Hal Holbrook), and pushed to breaking point by chief training officer Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro). Nevertheless, Carl refuses to quit and soon he and Sunday establish a mutual respect which will see them through their many subsequent trials.

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Originally, Men of Honour was simply called Navy Diver and no doubt all involved held high hopes that it would be an award-winning biopic. Unfortunately, Carl Brashear's life as the first African-American Master Diver went through that vaguely distasteful contemporary Hollywood Marketing makeover and the result is not quite so worthy of its subject and intentions. The film's hopelessly clichéd tagline reads, "History is made by those who break the rules"; the direction is shot through with sunsets 'n' slow-mo; and the script is peppered with foreshadowing dialogue ("don't end up like me son").

The plot devices follow a predictable arc: family poverty, a swiftly sweet romance, a shock accident, court hearing and, naturally, a grisly antagonist. It's with the last of these that the movie comes to life. We may have seen De Niro spit nails countless times before, but his saltily intractable Master Chief is a terrific screen creation. Next to him, Cuba Gooding Jr really does shine as the endlessly persecuted Brashear. All-too brief cameos from Charlize Theron and Michael Rapaport lend sparkle too. But the film's message about how social attitudes toward race have changed is lost in a murky haze of Hollywoodisation. As one character declares, "some things just don't mix". --Paul Tonks --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2002
Format: DVD
Cuba Gooding Jr. Makes an absolutely sensastinal performance in this film, acting as Carl Brashear a break through military master diver, bieng the first african american diver to ever achieve such a position. Based in a period of time where the coloured population were commonly discriminated against because of thier race.
This film has deep meaning and shows how the determination of one man can make such a difference in a society that seems unchangable... Throughout the film you are grasped into the life of Carl Brashear and his natural talent and love for the water.
With this love he decides to join the Navy with a promise to his dad "to be the best, and never give up, EVER" through the pain of breaking the barrier of racism it shows how he managed to survive the tourment.
This DVD has special features describing the making of the film, and shows scenes with Carl Brashear himself, and once you have finished watching this I assure you you will feel a new life within yourself to achieve the goals you are heading for, absolutely amazing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
Carl Maxie Brashear (1931-2006) was the first African American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver in 1970; this film set out to be the film of his life and struggle. I do not know enough about his life story to comment on its adherence to facts, but the film certainly left me with a real feeling of how hard that struggle had been, not only because of the prejudice of the time but the difficulties inherent in the task itself.

The film which had eleven nominations for various awards, starred Robert De Niro as Master Chief Billy Sunday, a role for which he was ideally suited and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Chief Carl Brashear, a role to which his acting brings all the necessary characteristics, making both their characters believable.

It may not be accurate history but there is truth in there somewhere. Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilbraham on 27 July 2009
Format: DVD
I was told about this film since the minute i started to dive. Not only does is cover the thrills of diving but us a great story of a black man wishing to better himself at all cost, a must view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Knight on 10 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
True story about Navy diver Carl Brashear [Cuba Gooding jnr] and his determination to be the best diver in the elite division despite the constant obstacles put in his way by training officer Billy Sunday [De Niro].

Brashear refuses to quit and eventualy a mutal respect is formed with Sunday that sees them ultimately battling alongside each other.

Great performances here by De Niro and Gooding in particular that leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rich Milligan on 23 April 2006
Format: DVD
I'm always a little wary of film that are "based on a true story" as it's usually the case the film makers are more than happy to take more than a few liberties to make the film more exciting, more adventurous or more captivating. "Men of Honour" tells the "true" story of Carl Brashear who was the first black American to become a qualified US Navy diver and more than that, to rise to the top of his rank structure after a career threatening injury that ended with the amputation of half of his leg.

The story begins in the late 1940's and although the US Navy is now supposedly unsegregated, in reality and black recruits are destined for a career as a cook or officer's valets. Carl Brashear is cut from different cloth however and after watching the on-board heroics of a master diver called Billy Sunday he vows to enroll for the next diving course. Although he is given his chance the ingrained racial prejudices of both the officers and men look set to give Brashear a very rough ride. By a wicked turn of fate Brashear's instructor for the course is Billy Sunday and this tough grizzled old sea dog is as opposed as anyone in letting a black man pass the course.

I don't want to reveal any more of the plot as it should be discovered by the viewer but suffice it to say that the institutionalized racism that blights the Navy at this point in time throws every obstacle imaginable at Brashers and some more besides.

Cuba Gooding Jr can always be relied on for an energetic and wholehearted performance and although he tones the high octane acting down here his charm and decency puts the viewer firmly on Brashers side for the whole of the film. Robert de Niro plays the caustic and unforgiving Chief Sunday as only he can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Both Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro shine in this navy diver overcomes the loss of a limb movie. And it's been a BLU RAY staple for some years now.

However British fans should be aware that when buying the BLU RAY - the 'US' edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on UK machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' which most aren't.

Buy the UK version instead - it's relatively inexpensive now - a looker on the Format - and a quality triumph-over-adversity movie you probably haven't seen...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gatehouse on 19 Nov 2008
Format: DVD
I'm not sure I rate this film as highly as some others. For me a 5 star film is really good and watchable again. This film is good viewing the first time but is fairly predictable and is not going to be a film to put in the DVD player repeatably. At £ 3 though it's worth a buy.
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