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A Few Good Men (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore star in Rob Reiner's unanimously acclaimed drama about the dangerous difference between following orders and following one's conscience. Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator (Moore) in a politically explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor, including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior (Nicholson). Superbly directed with a trio of powerhouse performances and an outstanding supporting cast including Kevin Pollak, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon.
A U.S. soldier is dead, and military lawyers Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee and Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway want to know who killed him. "You want the truth?" snaps Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson). "You can't handle the truth!" 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. Tom Cruise (Kaffee) shines as a lazy lawyer who rises to the occasion, and Demi Moore (Galloway) gives a command performance. Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, J.T. Walsh, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (of Jerry Maguire fame) 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This film is about two members of the Navy, who are being tried for the murder of their partner for being a witness to one of them shooting illegally into Cuba. This sparks for a great drama in which a smart mouthed, cocky lawyer (Cruise), his brash female love interest (Demi Moore), his "helper" so to speak (Kevin Pollak), a angry Col. (Nicholson), and the prosecutor (Kevin Bacon).
This film is great, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves good acting and an even better story.
DVD Special Features Include:
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
• Production notes
• Audio Commentary by Director Rob Reiner
• Exclusive Documentary: Code of Conduct
• Featurette: From Stage to Screen with Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner
• Full-screen and widescreen anamorphic (2:35:1) formats
"The facts of the case are these:
"On midnight of September 6, the accused entered the barracks room of their platoon mate, P.F.C. William Santiago. They woke him up, tied his arms and legs with tape, and forced a rag into his throat. A few minutes later, a chemical reaction called lactic acidosis caused his lungs to begin bleeding. He drowned in his own blood and was pronounced dead at 37 minutes past midnight.
These are the facts and they will not be disputed."
The above comes from this mesmerizing American drama becoming a courtroom drama at the end. It was adapted from Aaron Sorkin's play of the same name by Sorkin himself. (Sorkin also has a bit part in the movie.)
It tells a conventional but compelling story.
This movie stars Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore with Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland in key supporting roles.
It centers around the court marshal of two U.S. marines charged with the murder of a fellow marine (as revealed in the quotation above) and the tribulations of their inexperienced lawyers (Cruise, Kevin Pollock, Moore) as they prepare a case to defend their clients.
What I especially enjoyed is that this is a good talking movie with no special effects.
And the acting--superb! Both Cruise and Nicholson give unforgettable performances especially when there is verbal sparring between them.
The final courtroom showdown is riveting--you can't miss this!
Here's a typical line from Nicholson's character when he's being cross-examined:
"What do you want to discuss now? My favourite colour?"
I also liked the background music. It added to each scene.Read more ›
I first saw "A Few Good Men" as an in-flight movie, and after the first couple of scenes I thought that for once they'd really picked the right kind of flick: A bit cliched (yet another idle, unengaged lawyer being dragged into vigorously pursuing a case against his will), but good actors, a good director and a promising storyline.
Then the movie cut from the introductory scenes in Washington, D.C. to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Jack Nicholson (Colonel Nathan Jessup) inquired: "Who the f**k is PFC William T. Santiago?"
And suddenly I was all eyes and ears.
Director Rob Reiner and Nicholson's costars describe on the movie's DVD how from the first time Nicholson spoke this (his very first) line in rehearsal he had everybody's attention; and the overall bar for a good performance immediately rose to new heights. Based on my own reaction, I believe them sight unseen. Or actually, not really "unseen," as the result of Nicholson's influence is there for everybody to watch: Never mind that he doesn't actually have all that much screen time, his intensity as an actor and the personality of his character, Colonel Jessup, dominate this movie more than anything else; far beyond the now-famous final showdown with Tom Cruise's Lieutenant Kaffee.Read more ›
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Great movie. Have a great message about duty and the conflict between following orders and doing the right thingPublished 3 months ago by Murray Harvey Exp
This is one of my all time favourite movies. The story is well written and the acting is superb.Published 9 months ago by M. Branch
Great movie! Jack Nicholson's speech/rant is mesmerizing. Early Cruise movies show his talent.. No special effects or green screens here. Get it on Blu-Ray.Published 17 months ago by DP