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The General's Daughter [1999] [DVD]


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  • Actors: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Leslie Stefanson
  • Directors: Simon West
  • Writers: Christopher Bertolini, Nelson DeMille, William Goldman
  • Producers: Anson Downes, Jonathan D. Krane, Linda Favila, Lis Kern
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Polish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: Czech, English, Hungarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WCMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,283 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Paul Brenner, a CID investigator with the power to arrest any military person -- whatever the rank -- anywhere in the world. He's b een called in to investigate the murder of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, the daughter of a famous general. What he discovers beneath the well-ordered surface of military life is a sordid secret that makes murder suspects of some of the Army's finest. Based on Nelso n DeMille's novel of the same name.

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When John Travolta first opens his mouth during the opening credits of The General's Daughter and speaks in a terrible Southern cracker drawl, one briefly hopes the movie will turn out to be just as hilariously bad. Unfortunately, the accent is soon revealed to be part of a disguise, and the movie is just as quickly unveiled as a clumsy, run-of-the-mill potboiler, too mediocre to be truly hysterical fun. A female officer is discovered strangled and tied to the ground; she's the title character, and because of the general's political ambitions, the mystery of who did it and why has to be wrapped up in 36 hours by Travolta and fellow CID officer Madeleine Stowe (Last of the Mohicans, 12 Monkeys). Sexual violence and lurid S&M have been thrown in to shore up the incomprehensible plot, but that only adds to the queasy atmosphere. The supporting actors--an impressive collection including James Woods (Salvador), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), and James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential)--don't embarrass themselves, but even they can't make sense of their blustering, macho dialogue. It's amazing that, screenwriter William Goldman (who wrote such great and genuinely thrilling films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, All the President's Men and Misery) left his name attached to this script; there's no sign of his usual skill and intelligence. Madeleine Stowe, a graceful presence in any film, is equally wasted. It was directed with a lot of empty flash by Simon West (Con Air). --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
John Travolta gives a powerhouse performance in this twisty crime story from director Simon West (Tomb Raider, Con Air). It is a story about the brutal murder of Captain Elisabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson), who just happens to be the daughter of General Joseph Campbell, a high ranking and very politically visible General. The investigation that follows takes on a life of it's own as CID Officers Paul Brenner (John Travolta) and Sara Sunhil (Madeleine Stowe) uncover the victim's shocking secret life and the even more shocking reason for it.
Things become more dangerous as Brenner and Sunhill uncover more than anyone wants made public and Brenner must use the full powers of his position to shake up the Military structure he is a part of and uncover the truth, no matter the cost. Whether he is a soldier first or a Police Officer may have a bearing on what he does with the truth once he has it in this compelling and complex mystery.
Leslie Stefanson gives a nice performance as the very messed up General's daughter. Her dalliance into S&M with high ranking members on the base becomes sad and heartbreaking as Brenner and Sunhill slowly get closer to the truth, and the real reason she was mudered. James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential) gives another solid performance as the politically ambitious General and Clarence Williams III of Mod Squad fame has a nice turn as his loyal to the death aid.
Everyone from Col. William Kent (Timothy Hutton) to Col. Robert Moore (James Woods) has something to hide in screenwriter William Golden's (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) story. Brennan and Sunhill's relentless pursuit of justice for the General's daughter makes for a terrific time at the movies. The ending may suprise you, as may the reason for the brutal crime and the events that preceeded it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2011
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SAFE READING - NO SPOILERS

This film twists and turns in its story and plot until it reaches its unexpected, challenging and shocking ending with John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton and Leslie Stefanson putting in very strong performances under Simon West's direction.

There are some unbelievable elements in this film, which is fairly true to the original book I gather from other reviews although I have not read it. It is full of action, suspense and mystery as it peels way the layers at this military base where everything is dealt with but not always for reasons at first considered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Johns VINE VOICE on 3 April 2011
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Having read the book by Nelson deMille, I felt I needed to see how similar to the book it was...not bad, as converting a book into a screenplay for about two hours is a difficult task at the best of times. There were about three changes, but, if you haven't actually read the book, don't worry, the film was very good. John Travolta was - as usual - brilliant, as our eponymous hero. Cracking good read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 7 Dec 2002
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When you see such a polarisation of opinions on a book or a film, you actually see a good work because it is making people think. This movie does that and yes, provokes violent extremes in how people perceive it.
Yeah, John's accent [stinks] big time, but he gives one of the best performances of his career. Stowe is always beautiful to watch, an elegant actress that be oh so feminine and yet have a strong will and a mind of her own. She shines in a role that often gives her little to work with speaking of her radiant talent. Timothy Hutton is as always, a superb actor (Tim your Daddy would be very proud of you!!) James Woods - what can you say - you love him or you hate him, but he is one of the best around and he gives a moving performance and the person with the secrets Travolta needs. James Cromwell is finally getting the recognition and the roles he deserves and does his very best in another unlikeable role, bringing it little nuances of a man caught between loving his daughter and the higher calling of military honour.
This movie does not show the military and its treatment of its female members in a good light bringing back many such stories we have seen through the years on evening news, maybe with such graphically grim - almost claustrophobic feel that it will cause some people to dislike the film for that alone, especially in today's climate of the world.
But is a gripping, on the edge film, that does not take the easy road, but delivers a powerful punch...maybe too powerful for some.
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By karen on 13 July 2014
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I enjoyed this movie immensely, it was a well written story and the cast were first class, it is good for the industry when they come up with agood thriller
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By gordon gray on 4 Dec 2013
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DON'T BACK DOWN STAY IN HONOUR BE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN BE NOT A SHOW STOPPER BUT TRAVOLTA I'D BUY HIM A DRAM
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I love watching John Travolta and he was as good as always in this film. Unfortunately there were too many elements that reminded me of his far superior film, Basic.

I couldn't help comparing them and this film didn't come out so well in the comparison. Having said that, I'm not sorry I bought and watched it.It was fine.
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