A Few Good Men

Year: 1992
Production Co: Castle Rock
Studio: Columbia
Director: Rob Reiner
Producer: Rob Reiner
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Pollack, J T Walsh, Christopher Guest, Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr
Some films are only good because of the actors portraying them – take away the famous names and you could be watching a midday movie. One glance at the cast of A Few Good Men (Cruise, Nicholson, Moore, Bacon, Sutherland) and you could be forgiven for dismissing it as another one.

But it tells a powerhouse story of the death of a marine and the navy lawyer (Cruise) who unwittingly pries the lid off the culture of abuse in marine life in the process during the trial.

There are too many good characterisations to mention in a short film review; marine Kendrick (Sutherland) sergeant devoted in equal measure to God and the marine corps. Kaffee's (Cruise) realistic acceptance the case is unwinnable rather than a flag-waving 'believe in your dreams' determinism. And the crowning glory is Nicholson's uber-confident Marine Colonel Jessup, where his every word is a command and you never think anything will get under his guard until Kaffee strikes the final blow in a heartbeat.

A bunch of Hollywood talent at the peak of their powers, including Reiner and writer Sorkin.

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