A Few Good MenDirected by
------------------------------------------ Rob ReinerWriting credits (WGA)
---------------------------- Aaron Sorkin (play) & Aaron Sorkin (screenplay)Release Date:
11 December 1992 (USA)Genre:
Crime / Drama / ThrillerAwards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 14 nominationsU.S. Box Office:
Cast overviewTom Cruise
... Lt. Daniel KaffeeJack Nicholson
... Col. Nathan R. JessepDemi Moore
... Lt. Cdr. JoAnne GallowayKevin Bacon
... Capt. Jack RossKiefer Sutherland
... Lt. Jonathan KendrickPlot Outline:
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they’ve been ordered to do so. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore This movie is for people who like lawyerly stuff and military type stuff. This movie was made by Rob Reiner.
It starts out in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when a couple marines enter the room of another marine, stuff a rag down his throat, duct tape his mouth shut, duct tape his hands behind his back, duct tape his legs together, and so on. Then the credits roll and we cut to D.C., where we find out that the marine getting gagged and tied died that night. The two marines that were doing the gagging and tying are charged with murder and flown out to D.C.
The task of lead counsel is assigned to Daniel Kaffee (Cruise), a lieutenant junior grade with a track record for plea bargaining and smooth talking. Lt. Cmdr. Jo Galloway (Moore) is assigned to be co-counsel, despite the fact that she tried to get in as lead counsel. They start the investigation down in Cuba where they meet Col. Nathan Jessup (Nicholson), the man who ordered the two men to give Private Santiago the Code Red, which accidentally led to his death. Of course, Jessup doesn"t tell this to Danny or Jo. Why would he? He"d look pretty bad for it, right? So when they get back to D.C. and do some legal maneuvering with their clients and the prosecution, Danny manages to get a deal for a mere two years of prison time, where they are actually home in six months. And the two that are charged turn it down on principle, because they still believe they have done nothing wrong. Danny decides that he wants to get a different lawyer assigned to the case because he doesn"t want to go down with them, but then has a change of heart after talking to a few people and thinking about it.
So the trial starts, and that"s when the movie really picks up speed. The skill that Danny has as he strides around the courtroom asking all the right questions and probing in just the right ways is phenomenal. It almost makes you want to be a lawyer.