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A Few Good Men 1992

Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a Navy lawyer assigned to defend two men who accidentally killed a Private by asphyxiating him with a towel. Initially working out a quick and easy plea bargain with the prosecuting lawyer (Kevin Bacon), Kaffee is persuaded to investigate the case further by a determined colleague (Demi Moore).

Starring:
Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson
Runtime:
2 hours, 12 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Rob Reiner
Starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson
Supporting actors Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J.T. Walsh, Christopher Guest, J.A. Preston, Matt Craven, Wolfgang Bodison, Xander Berkeley, John M. Jackson, Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lawrence Lowe, Joshua Malina, Oscar Jordan, John M. Mathews
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By A Customer on 13 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This adaptation by Aaron Sorkin (he made up The West Wing) of his own stage play is a superb piece of trial by movies. When a young, somewhat out of place marine private is killed, apparently murdered by two of his comrades, the JAG corps send Lt-Cmdr Galloway (an, as always, somewhat wooden, Demi Moore), Lt. Caffey (Tom Cruise, earning his 1st Oscar nomination in the process) and Lt. Weinberg (the always watchable Kevin Pollak) to investigate. Along the way they discover conspiracy, cover up, and a sociopathic general (yes, that's Jack).
Nicholson's hardly in it, but he lights up the screen when he's there, he's so good it's scary. Cruise is more than watchable in his role of the showy lawyer maturing faster than he wants, and it's a credit to him that in the final showdown, he keeps pace with Nicholson, never being outdone or pushed off screen. The film also boasts fine turns from Kevin bacon, Kiefer Sutherland and the late JT Walsh, but they could have found a better actress than Moore. Also the character can be somewhat irritating.
Sorkin's script is fantastic, sharp, witty, and explosive at the very end. Right, let's talk about that scene. This is a truly great showdown, right down to the angry, sneering speech from Col Jessop (it comes right after 'You can't handle the truth!'). This is just a very watchable, entertaining and involving thriller. It follows the standard lines of a courtroom thriller, through the 'it's a hopeless case' starting through to the dramatic turnaround, but it at least has a small sting in the tail. Watch it now. Are we clear?
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Format: Blu-ray
The film boasts an all-star cast in this stylish military court-room drama.
Young and relatively inexperienced military lawyer 'Lt Daniel T Kaffee' (Tom Cruise) who had never even seen the inside of a Court-Room becomes appointed to defend murder suspects 'Private. Louden Downey' (James Marshall) and 'Lance Cpl. Harold W Dawson'
(Wolfgang Bodison) who have been charged with the murder of 'William T Santiago' is teamed up with Military Litigator 'LT Cdr
JoAnne Galloway' (Demi Moore) and Legal Investigator 'Lt Sam Weinberg' (Kevin Pollak)
After pressing the suspects the legal team find that they believed themselves to be only following orders issued by their Platoon
Commander 'Lt Johnathan Kendrick' (Kiefer Sutherland) who in turn only followed orders issued by Guantanamo Bay Commander
'Colonel Nathan R Jessup' (Jack Nicholson) ...the suspects had inflicted a Code-Red (a punishment dished out to someone who has
broken the unofficially recognised company code) the punishment had process gone wrong.
'Colonel Jessup' is an 'old-school' Officer who commands strictly by his own rules.
The Military Prosecutor 'Capt Jack Ross' is played by 'Kevin Bacon'
'Dan' and his team 'JoAnne' and 'Sam' will face many obstacles as they, against the odds challenge the establishment to gain the
justice they seek.
Can they dare challenge the authority of the untouchable base Commander ?
It's an intense and absorbing drama that has many superb performances from the cast.
A superb watch, if seen before it's certainly worthy of a re-visit, if having never before seen it, it is a terrific watch....you may even
find yourself applauding it's outcome
Great Blu-ray upgrade...
Special Features -
Rob Reiner Commentary
Documentary - Code of Contact, featuring interviews with Rob Reiner, Aaron Sorkin and Cast
From Stage to Screen with Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner.
(Special Features in Standard Definition)
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
Young upcoming Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee is assigned to defend two Marines who are accused of murder. On first glance it seems to be a clear cut case of bullying gone wrong, but with Kaffee's colleague, Commander Joanne Galloway, convinced that more shady dealings are afoot at the Cuban army base run by Colonel Nathan Jessep, the case could have far reaching consequences for all involved.

Directed by Rob Reiner and adapted from a hit Broadway play written by Aaron Sorkin, A Few Good Men is a quality drama boasting some of the 90s major A list stars. That it never quite reaches masterpiece status is purely down to the predictability of it all, from Kaffee's father inherent peer pressure, to Galloway's tough woman in power softening as each quarter roles on, we really do know what the film's outcome will be. However, it has to be said that it's one hell of a well written ride getting to the wonderful court room finale, military rules and codes are stripped bare by Sorkin and Reiner threads it all together perfectly to raise the bar in court room practices.

The cast are uniformly good, Jack Nicholson as Jessep gets to eat babies and burn people at the stake, not literally you understand! But his ferocity is marvellous and it's this barnstorming turn from Jolly Jack that brings out the best of Tom Cruise as Kaffee. Cruise of course can play the cocky upstart better than most, but as we enter the final quarter here he puts a smart layer into the role, especially in light of Nicholson's scene chewing bravado. Demi Moore is solid and very watchable as Galloway, it's not her fault that the character is written as a tough nut who weakens the longer the picture goes on, it's still only a minor complaint in what is a very accomplished piece of cinema.
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