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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: 20th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert De Niro & Cuba Gooding Jr.|
|Performer:||Charlize Theron, Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport & Powers Boothe|
|Directed by||George Tillman, Jr.|
|Edited by||John Carter|
|Screenwriting by||Scott Marshall Smith|
|Composition by||Mark Isham|
|Produced by||Robert Teitel & Bill Badalato|
|Director of Photography:||Anthony B. Richmond|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"If [the navy divers]'s lucky, he dies young two hundred feet beneath the waves. Because that's the closest he will ever get to becoming a hero."
- Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) to diving trainees
"Some things just don't mix, do they'"
- Mister Pappy (Hal Holbrook) to Billy Sunday
"Why do you want this so badly'"--Jo (Aunjanue Ellis)
"Because they said I couldn't have it."
"Because they said I couldn't have it."
- Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
"Since when does deserving mean anything'"
- Billy Sunday to Carl Brashear
...Gooding conveys fierce dignity and simmering power...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Rating: 3.5/5 -- By the time its clunking climax rolls around, the film has built up enough honest good will that you can forgive its tear- jerking pomp.
New York Times
Gooding is the ideal actor to portray Brashear. Not only does Gooding perform the physical demands of the role, he also meets all the emotional challenges. It is an unforgettable performance. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- This seaman's tale languishes in shallow waters. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The decision to shift some of the attention to De Niro's character...dilutes the power of Brashear's fascinating life story. Full Review
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Rating: C -- inspirational message plays well to mainstream audiences Full Review
Old School Reviews
...Gooding and De Niro have the talent to pull it off, and the film emerges as a dynamic entertainment with the punch of an especially spectacular sports event...
Los Angeles Times
An heroic life gets a suitably dramatic retelling in George Tillman, Jr.'s docudrama MEN OF HONOR, based on the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African American to become a United States Navy master diver. The film employs the conventional yet pleasurable against-all-odds narrative. Carl Brashear (played with noble grace by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is the son of a degraded Southern sharecropper. Determined to succeed in the vocation he believes he was born for, Brashear enlists in the navy. Once there, however, the determined young man finds his dream inaccessible--thwarted by the forces of institutional and personal racism. When, after a long and difficult struggle, he is finally allowed into diving school, he finds himself under the authority of Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a former master diver whose injured lung has left him permanently above water. Sunday becomes simultaneously Brashear's most vicious adversary and most loyal supporter, motivating him to succeed. The story that follows is a highly emotional wave of ups and downs: Brashear overcomes one barrier only to be met by the next, even larger one. MEN OF HONOR is at times heartbreaking and painful to watch, but the triumphant ending makes for a deeply satisfying payoff.
- Theatrical release: November 10, 2000.
- MEN OF HONOR was shot in Washington and Oregon. A naval base set was built from scratch on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.
- Estimated budget: $32 million.
- Cuba Gooding Jr., producer Robert Teitel, director George Tillman Jr., and the actors playing the diving trainees all dove once at a navy facility so that they could get a real sense of the task's danger and difficulty.
- The MEN OF HONOR script was sent to the U.S. Department of Defense in the preproduction stage in order to ensure the navy's cooperation.
- Though the script was based on Carl Brashear's true story, the character played by Robert De Niro--Billy Sunday--was invented by the screenwriter.
- Carl Brashear advised the special effects crew throughout filming.
- MEN OF HONOR was originally titled NAVY DIVER but was changed in July 2000.
- Sales Rank: 28,336
- UPC: 024543943433
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
- International Shipping: 1 item
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