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Men Of Honor 2000

4.5 out of 5 stars (80) IMDb 7.2/10

Bucking punishing racism and personal physical tragedy, Carl Brashear becomes a navy hero and ultimately the navy's first african-American master diver.

Starring:
Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.
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2 hours, 3 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director George Tillman Jr.
Starring Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Supporting actors Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe, David Keith, Holt McCallany, David Conrad, Joshua Leonard, Carl Lumbly, Lonette McKee, Glynn Turman, Dennis Troutman, Joshua Feinman, Theo Nicholas Pagones, Ryan Honey, Chris Warren, Lester B. Hanson
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
Based on . A true story a young black navy steward breaks the the ships rules and one hot day at sea against decides. To a have a swim at the same. Time. As the white sailors . Refusing orders to return on board he out swims the safety swimmer. For. His trouble he's bollocked then promoted to seaman.....he applys to be a navy diver rejected at first then goes to navy school . Everybody is against him his chief instructor who is ordered. By a racist. Co to give him. A hard. Time .shunned by white. Candidates he passes all the tests his final test is sabotaged but still passes the chief instructor. Is demoted for not failing the seaman......later he is promoted time and time again. Until tragedy strikes..... Above all obstacle s during his latest come back he's brought before a navy board because he wants to make master. Chief all he needs is to pass one final test .......

You would if thought the that land of the free wouldn't have blatant segregation on its forces but they did .negroes were treated as sub human and this film may sicken you. But still urge on the sailor to achieve his goal
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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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