A FEW GOOD MEN Summary

afewgoodmen1-185x300The movie, A Few Good Men which was released in 1992 is based on the A Few Good Men play by Aaron Sorkin. The film starred Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. Supporting characters included Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh, and Kiefer Sutherland. It was nominated for four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor- Jack Nicholson, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing) and five Golden Globes.

In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Private First Class Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Corporal Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there’s more to the matter than they’ve been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as “Code Red” after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the “Code Red” was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick’s superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the “Code Red” for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. The A Few Good Men cast also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway’s research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg.

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This courtroom drama is based on the A Few Good Men play by Aaron Sorkin, and the plot revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients. The film is directed by Rob Reiner, and the A Few Good Men cast includes Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollack, James Marshall, J.T. Walsh, and Kiefer Sutherland.

When it opened, the A Few Good Men reviews were very positive. Richard Schickel of Time magazine called it “an extraordinarily well-made movie, which wastes no words or images in telling a conventional but compelling story.”

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A FEW GOOD MEN Reviews: “Variety”

A Few Good Men is a big-time, mainstream Hollywood movie par excellence. It’s got all the elements for across-the-boards acceptance- juicy parts for some of the top stars in the buisness, a Broadway pedigree, a riveting David-vs.-Goliath courtroom battle, serious attitudes that won’t threaten or offend anyone, and skilled filmmaking hands at the top of their game.”

-Todd McCarthy, Variety, November 12, 1992

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