A Few Good Men
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A Few Good Men
Starring Tom Cruise
Meet the Star Studded Cast
Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
2nd Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Col. Nathan R. Jessup
Captain Jack Ross
Tom Cruise and Demi Moore
In 1992 'A Few Good Men'
Nominated for Four Academy Awards
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.
A U.S. soldier is dead, and military lawyers Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee and Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway want to know who killed him. "You want the truth?" snaps Colonel Jessup (Jack Nicholson). "You can't handle the truth!" Astonishingly, Jack Nicholson's legendary performance as a military tough guy in A Few Good Men really amounts to a glorified cameo: he's only in a few scenes. But they're killer scenes, and the film has much more to offer. Tom Cruise (Kaffee) shines as a lazy lawyer who rises to the occasion, and Demi Moore (Galloway) gives a command performance. Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, J.T. Walsh, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (of Jerry Maguire fame) round out the superb cast. Director Rob Reiner poses important questions about the rights of the powerful and the responsibilities of those just following orders in this classic courtroom drama. --Alan Smithee
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TITLE: Few Good Men, A (1992) • R • 2:18:01
Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon
Rob Reiner (Director)
I first saw this movie during its initial theatrical release in 1992, and felt then, as I do now, that it was a superior combination of murder mystery and court-room drama — it has, most definitely, aged VERY well. (Plus, it was nearly worth the price of the disc just to see all of the principal actors/actresses (and many of the supporting cast — most of whom I had forgotten were even in the movie) in their, relatively, rosy-cheeked youth.) See the other reviews for more detail and/or other opinions regarding the plot of the movie.
VIDEO: 2.35:1 • Color • 1080p • MPEG-2 (21.2 Mbps)
Overall, the images in this movie are mostly sharp, with fairly good shadow detail. However, the entire film appeared slightly soft, and lacking in fine detail — as was evident in many of the close-ups of faces and clothing. I'm sure that the evident softness of the transfer is due mostly to the use of the MPEG-2 codec to encode the movie. Otherwise, there were no other major picture anomalies (such as: specks, hair-lines, white dots, color fluctuations, etc.) to mar the image. Lastly, this movie's picture quality, while decent, is another example of the learning curve that was encountered by those who transferred movies to blu-ray in the early days of the format: that is, usually at least adequate, but could be better (nothing that a remastering using current techniques and technology couldn't fix).
AUDIO: LPCM 5.1 (48KHz, 16-bit) • Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
I only listened to the LPCM track. This movie has hardly any bass, nearly no activity nor directionality in the surround channels, and no ambient sounds to speak of — but, it does have clear well-placed dialog and well recorded music. For what it is (i.e.—dialog heavy, no explosions, and very little surround activity), this is an adequate soundtrack, which fits very well with the style and content of the movie.
EXTRAS: Several 'Making Of' videos
None of the extras were reviewed.
For me, “A Few Good Men” is a film that has it all. In addition to its all-star cast, it features an almost perfectly written screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, and expert direction by Rob Reiner.
For those not familiar with “A Few Good Men,” it is a legal/courtroom drama about a young, supercilious Navy lawyer, Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Cruise). With no courtroom experience at all, Kaffee is assigned to defend two young enlisted Marines (played by Wolfgang Bodison and James Marshall) accused of murdering another Marine. Kaffee and his co-counsel, Lieutenant Sam Weinberg (Pollack), are both being closely monitored by Lieutenant Commander Jo Galloway (Moore), a Navy Internal Affairs lawyer.
As the case unfolds, big problems loom for Kaffee, Weinberg, Galloway, and the two accused Marines. The alleged murder was committed at the Marine Corps base in Guantanamo, Cuba. The commanding officer there is Colonel Nathan Jessup (Nicholson), a politically well-connected senior officer who’s about to be promoted to a staff position inside the White House. Marine Captain Jack Ross (Bacon), the prosecutor in the case, initially appears receptive to making a plea deal, but then suddenly backs away. A Marine Corps counter-intelligence officer (Walsh) and an untrustworthy platoon leader (Sutherland) further complicate matters for Kaffee and his legal team, who face an ever-increasing number of legal obstacles to securing an acquittal for their clients…
I can always count on “A Few Good Men,” with its superb cast, beautifully crafted story, and tremendous production values, to provide me with two-plus hours of wonderful entertainment. I’ve watched it dozens of times over the past quarter-century, and I never tire of it. It’s always a pleasure for me to sit down, fire up my Blu-ray player, HDTV, and surround-sound home theater system, and view this marvelous film in glorious high definition. Most highly recommended.
I also really enjoyed Rob Reiner's audio commentary - he's not constantly talking, so much of the film is still its original audio. But he provided a lot of production-related details and largely avoided re-telling the plot as some directors do to fill the space. Some of the fun instances were which actors came up with ideas for scenes, or the impressive stamina of Jack Nicholson (he performed "40 or 50" takes of the famous "You can't handle the truth" scene in order to get all the other angles of the characters' reactions, and "delivered it in full force, amazing every single time")... it was really cool to hear. It's also always funny to me particularly with military movies, how varying levels of cooperation affect the production such as with the locations or things like who performed the awesome opening rifle drill team scene (hint, they weren't actual Marines, but no less impressive to see again).