"You want answers'"--Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) "I think I'm entitled."--Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) "You want answers'"--Col. Jessup "I want the truth!"--Lt. Kaffee "You can't handle the truth!"
- Col. Jessup
Rolling Stone - 01/07/1993
"...A FEW GOOD MEN has Oscar written all over it....Nicholson is a marvel - fierce, funny and coiled to spring..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1993
"...A sure-fire hit....Cruise is all confidence and ease..."
USA Today - 12/11/1992
"...Jack Nicholson's most caustic performance ever....He's the greatest of MEN's good actors..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/11/1992
"...Cruise is well-cast and effective....Demi Moore is attractive and determined..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/08/2001
"...Tom Cruise gives the best performance of his career..."
Ultimate DVD - 05/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an intelligent and provocative piece centred on the prosecution of alleged physical and mental abuse in Guantanemo Bay..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore star in Rob Reiner's unanimously acclaimed drama about the dangerous difference between following orders and following one's conscience. Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator (Moore) in a politically explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor, including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior (Nicholson). Superbly directed with a trio of powerhouse performances and an outstanding supporting cast including Kevin Pollak, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon.
When two marines are charged with murdering a member of their platoon during an unsanctioned disciplinary action in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the armed forces hire a lieutenant they believe is a lightweight defense attorney. Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) prides himself in having successfully plea-bargained every one of his 44 cases and would just as well make this one his 45th. However, ambitious internal affairs officer Lieutenant Commander Jo Ann Galloway (Demi Moore) smells a rat in the form of a hushed-up practice known as Code Red and, furious at Kaffee's halfhearted efforts, gets hired as the younger cadet's defender. Aided by Lt. Com. Galloway's prodding, Lt. Kaffee begins to realize the rottenness of the whole affair and sets to take on the whole Guantanamo Bay marine corps and its codes, a decision that makes inevitable a ferocious head-to-head showdown with an immovable force. Irascible Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson, in one of the most striking performances of his fabled career) heads the Cuban marine base and is on the cusp of appointment to the National Security Council. Jessup embodies both the necessity and the evil in necessary evil and does not take lightly to anyone questioning his or his corps' methods. Aaron Sorkin's script is adapted from his own gripping award-winning Broadway play and is skillfully brought to the screen by director Rob Reiner.
In Rob Reiner's A FEW GOOD MEN, the military hires a young defense attorney to handle a controversial case. However, when a headstrong lieutenant commander joins the proceedings, the tension dramatically rises.
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A FEW GOOD MEN received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor--Jack Nicholson.
Christopher Guest, an actor known for his comic turns in Rob Reiner's THIS IS SPINAL TAP and THE PRINCESS BRIDE, appears here in a rare dramatic role.