A Few Good Men [VHS]
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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). Together they take on the might of the army establishment, as the trail of evidence leads to the accused's commanding officer (Jack Nicholson).
Astonishingly, Jack Nicholson's legendary performance as a military tough guy in A Few Good Men really amounts to a glorified cameo: he's only in a few scenes. But they're killer scenes, and the film has much more to offer. A US soldier is dead, and military lawyers Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) want to know who killed him. "You want the truth?" snaps Colonel Jessup (Nicholson). "You can't handle the truth!". Cruise also shines as a lazy lawyer who rises to the occasion, and Demi Moore gives a command performance. Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, JT Walsh and Cuba Gooding Jr round out the superb cast. Director Rob Reiner poses important questions about the rights of the powerful and the responsibilities of those just following orders in this classic courtroom drama. --Alan Smithee, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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?
Audio tracks available:
English and German Dolby Digital and PCM (Uncompressed) 5.1
French and Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1.
Polish Dolby Surround
English, French, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish
Commentary from Rob Reiner, two featurettes and some preview trailers.
Anyone who loves this film should buy this blu-ray...and sit there marvelling at how much Oscar talent is on the screen!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have this on video but most people get rid of the video players I can't watch it so
I just love the film
The one movie where Demi Moore keeps her clothes on! Top performances from all concerned.Published 18 days ago by Earthcop
SPOILER ALERT!! (Don't read this if you don't like hearing about the ending etc..)
Forgotten how GREAT this movie was! Well worth another view. Read more
Excellent film. I purchased this for a friend who had never seen it.Published 1 month ago by Mrs G Jowett