“You see Danny, I can deal with the bullets, and the bombs, and the blood. I don’t want money, and I don’t want medals. What I do want is for you to stand there in that faggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some f-ing courtesy. You gotta ask me nicely.” – Col. Jessop
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater in 1992, video, DVD, 3 Nov 2013 and 8 Mar 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – After a young soldier is killed, a naval lawyer is assigned to defend them. The question is are they truly guilty of murder?
My Take on it – This is a movie that works so well because of its spectacular script and dialogue.
This was now famous Aaron Sorkin’s first foray into the world of movies and he started by adapting his own stage play for the screen.
The result is wondrous because the plot stays engaging throughout and we enjoy watching the characters as they move along through the twisty storyline.
The cast is excellent. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, JT Walsh, Kevin Pollack and Kiefer Sutherland lead a great cast that even includes small parts for Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr., Matt Craven and Christopher Guest.
This long cast list also helps those of us who play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon because Bacon also has a very prominent role in the ensemble cast.
The dialogue is fast, funny and witty like we would expect from Sorkin and there are so many lines that are very quotable.
I think that this was one of the best movies of 1992 and it still works extremely well 23 years later.
Bottom Line – Great courtroom drama expertly written by Sorkin and filmed beautifully by Reiner. Amazingly long cast list helps contribute to those playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Very quotable movie that is by far one of the best that came out that year. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original play was inspired by an actual Code Red at Guantanamo Bay. Lance Corporal David Cox and 9 other enlisted men tied up a fellow Marine and severely beat him, for snitching to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Cox was acquitted and later Honorably Discharged. In 1994, David Cox mysteriously vanished, and his bullet-riddled body was found three months later. His murder remains unsolved. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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