The General’s Daughter (1999)


“[Brenner goes through Elisabeth Campbell’s highly organized closet] Oh, my. This was one squared-away soldier. Equally prepared for a military ball or the next war in the jungle.” – Brenner

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Mar 2001 and 3 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – An Army detective must investigate the murder of a female officer who just happens to be the daughter of a high level general.

My Take on it – I have been a fan of Nelson DeMille’s novels for decades and this was one of his books that I was quite fond of.

I saw the movie originally not long after reading the book and as with most adaptations, there was a lot to be desired by the way they changed and adapted things.

Having forgotten most of the story and novel itself, I decided to give it another try when I don’t have the book fresh in mind and hopefully enjoy it more.

Well, it definitely works because I quite enjoyed the way this film’s plot moves along.

The do a great job of balancing the psychological and investigative aspects of this story.

Loved the way that the investigation keeps uncovering new and interesting surprises along the way which keeps changing the dynamics and direction of it all.

The story deals with certain subject matters that one would hope would have finally disappeared over the past twenty years but unfortunately, the story is still as relevant today and it was then if not even moreso.

The cats really helps here too and I was surprised at how many well known actors appeared in this film; John Travolta, Madeline Stowe, James Woods, James Cromwell and Timothy Hutton are all great here and help keep the story focused the entire time.

Bottom Line – Nice story that works really well. Having read the book years and years ago, I recall the book being much better but since it’s been so long since I’ve read it, I’m more forgiving of an adaptation. Amazing cast helps this film stay focused on the task at hand.  Loved the way the investigation keeps uncovering surprises that keep changing direction of things. The story is unfortunately still very relevant today even nearly twenty years later. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The U.S. Army refused to endorse or have anything to do with the film’s production. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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