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Fave Film #24 – A Few Good Men

1992

Cast- Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Pollack, Kevin Bacon, JT Walsh, Kiefer Sutherland

Two Marines are accused of murdering a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay and an untried Navy lawyer is chosen to defend them.  The accused, Dawson and Downey, are not the easiest clients, and Kaffee, is not the most understanding lawyer.  Forced to deal with a lawyer from Internal Affairs and an arrogant Colonel Jessep, Kaffee feels the pressure to clear these Marines of all charges.

Why I Love It - There is much to like about this film, but the performances by Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson are at the top of the list for me.  Tom Cruise manages to carry this movie with his cocky and winsome Kaffee.  And Nicholson was the perfect Colonel Jessep and his performance places this movie in the great category for me.  I know how ridiculous the last scene of the movie is from a reality standpoint, but I really don’t care.  I loved every minute of it.  And it provided so many unforgettable lines that the movie is still being referenced more than 15 years later.

They were not the only awesome performances.  I thought everyone in the movie was spot on.  Even if Demi Moore’s character was a little too gung-ho and melodramatic at times she did provide the patriotism needed to make the movie work.  The cast alone makes this a must see if only to use it in the Kevin Bacon game.

I liked revisiting Gitmo in its pre-hot button issue years.  There did used to be a base there that did not have politicians foaming at the mouth.  The courtroom story was excellent and the movie was fun to watch.  I think this is my highest rated courtroom drama because it did not rely on tricks or any great surprise at the end, it was just a well told story by a group of talented actors and film makers.  And all those men in uniform made it visually appealing.  C’mon, I did marry a Navy man after all :)

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July 23, 2010 - Posted by | movies |

21 Comments »

  1. I love this movie too! So many great lines. Jack Nicholson is appropriately insane (isn’t he always?). Tom Cruise is great and I loved Kevin Bacon’s part. For me, it was an affirming movie that sometimes the right thing to do is not the popular thing to do. Sometimes you have to stand alone and just know in your heart that you have done the right thing.

    Comment by Kay | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I totally agree with you about doing the right thing. That is part of its appeal.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. Another movie I’ve never seen, and I’m not sure why since I love most of the actors in it.

    Comment by bermudaonion | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I think you’d like it!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  3. It’s all about Jack for me. God – he plays this role sooooo well. I actually don’t really like Cruise all that much in this role – I always have images from Top Gun popping into my head. But I did enjoy his humorous moments here.

    Comment by Bumble | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I think that I only appreciated Cruise’s performance after watching it recently. At the time it seemed like he was acting like Tom Cruise (which was a good thing back then), but this time I notice that he was pitch perfect for the part. Was it acting? Maybe not, but it worked for me.
      And no one compares to Jack in this role :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  4. I LOVE this movie and have watched it many times. Very cohesive ensemble of actors, but it’s Nicholson’s and Cruise’s movie, obviously. This is when I still loved Tom, before he became a caricature of himself. Jack is always awesome. I actually liked Demi’s character, and I thought it was admirable of the writers not to insert a romance into it, although there was obviously attraction between the two. I love Kevin Bacon, too. He was perfect for that part.

    Now I’m gonna have to watch it again. That clip was just a tease! :)

    Comment by Susan | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I liked the fact they didn’t have Tom and Demi hooking up too. It made the movie so much better!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 23, 2010 | Reply

  5. This was a great movie and I’ve seen it several times over the years. The final courtroom exchange between Cruise and Nicholson was one of the best ever.

    Comment by mberninger | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • My husband made me rewind and watch it twice :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. Ohh, this was a good one. I agree with you on the spectacular acting, excluding Demi Moore. I am going to have to go back and see this again as I don’t remember the ending. Now you have me curious.

    Comment by Margot | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • I think the ending is what most people do remember. You just may not remember it’s the ending ;)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  7. Oh Yes, this is one that came highly recommended from my hubby too! I need to watch this one of these days!

    Comment by Veens | July 24, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s a good one!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  8. This has got to me one the most quoted movies ever and it’s all about Jack. Electrifying court room scenes.

    Comment by StephanieD | July 24, 2010 | Reply

    • ‘It’s all about Jack’ I like that :)

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  9. This is going to be crazy but I have yet to watch this entire movie!! How lame is that? :D

    Comment by Staci | July 24, 2010 | Reply

    • You have to watch it from beginning to end!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  10. What an oldie but a goodie!

    Comment by jennygirl | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  11. This was such a great movie. We watched The Juror with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin today – excellent.

    Comment by diane | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  12. I can’t believe I haven’t watched this but then again, there are many movies that I want to watch but haven’t…

    Comment by Alice Teh | August 21, 2010 | Reply


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