A Few Good Men (Special Edition)
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Neo military lawyer kaffee defends marines accused of murder: they contend they were acting under orders of their imperious co jessup. Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 09/20/2005 Starring: Jack Nicholson Keifer Sutherland Run time: 138 minutes Rating: R Director: Rob Reiner

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

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

Customer Reviews:

  • That guilty, after-Twinkie feeling...
    Have you ever eaten junk food, and then right after the meal you think you're going to get away with it, but then 20 minutes later you feel sick, as well as annoyed with yourself that you tried to pull a fast one on yourself?

    Because "A Few Good Men" has been on cable, it seems, every third day for the last decade, I have built up an intimate 10-year friendship with the film, and now I have to compare it to fast-food dining. It's an empty, self-satisfied movie disguised as a good, thought-provoking movie. You watch it, you're proud of yourself because after a few viewings you're able to follow the legal gymnastics and you have the little details memorized, and maybe you even join in with Jack (after the 50th viewing) and you two shout out in unison: "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" But then when you actually start thinking about it, the whole movie is totally ridiculous. Here's the truth about this dumb flick. I hope you can handle it.

    I'm not interested in going into all the details (I would, but "A Few Good Men" is going to be on cable in a few minutes and I don't want to miss the beginning). But the one that bothers me the most is this: if old Col. Jessup is such a grizzled and wily combat veteran, such a "he's-going-to-be-the-next-military-advisor-to-the-National-Security-Agency" blood-and-guts mastermind, why is he so dumb that he blurts out the confession that he ordered the Code Red? Huh? For two hours and seven minutes Jessup is a potently fierce mixture of George Patton and Nathan Hale, but then after two or three questions from that cocky fighter pilot from "Top Gun," Col. Jessup has morphed into a quavering bowl of Forrest Gump-like jello. Guts spill! Credits roll!

    That's dumb!

    By the way, in the history--I'm saying the H-I-S-T-O-R-Y of cinema--has there ever been a courtroom drama that DIDN'T have a surprise witness and a shocking turn of events right at the end?Will such a film ever be made? I doubt it. But I'm going to give this un-shipshape film three stars because Jack rocks. His performance, albeit onscreen for only about 25 minutes, is one that belongs in Hollywood's pantheon....more info

  • "I Want The Truth." "You Can't Handle The Truth!!" A Gripping Drama That Never Lets Go. All-Star Cast & Superb Directing.
    From the creator of "The West Wing" and the director of "The Princess Bride" comes a gripping drama about a hotshot lawyer (Tom Cruise) saddled with his first case, a young secretary with Internal Affairs (Demi Moore) and the commanding officer in charge of U.S. troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay (Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson). The superb cast includes Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects"), Kevin Bacon (his wife, Kyra Sedgewick, stars in TNT's "The Closer"), Kiefer Sutherland ("The Three Musketeers," "24"), Noah Wyle ("ER") & an uncredited Cuba Gooding, Jr (he would win an Oscar several years later for Best Supporting Actor in
    "Jerry Maguire"). This is a well-written suspense drama that will have you glued to the chair, especially during the famous scene: "You want answers?!!" "I want the TRUTH!!" "You can't HANDLE the truth!!!" Though that scene is undoubtedly one of the most famous in cinema history (and rightly so), there's more to the movie. Rated PG-13 for some language....more info
  • A Few Good Men and One GREAT Woman
    If YOU can HANDLE THE TRUTH ... This is a spectacular Movie. It really is ! A Must See ! Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore-Kutcher among others....who could ask for a better casting ? I never thought in a million years that all those TOP stars could actually act together and make it work..OHH but they did and the movie is GREAT ! Get it..u will not be sorry ! A CODE RED will be issued on anyone who does not buy this movie....J/K that is not done anymore..now is it ? Check this movie out !...more info
  • Why would you buy the blu-ray version of this?
    This is the question I asked before I got a Sharp blu-ray player. Happen to find this used locally the day I got the player and didn't have the regular copy and it was cheap and I only had one other blu-ray disc. HOLY MOLY. I was totally floored!! It is shot during the fall in DC. The leaves on the trees seem to be on fire as they are so bright and vivid. Skin tones are percise. It's almost like someone took a thin veil off the picture as it is beautiful. This ia well worth buying on blu-ray. Beautiful.......more info
  • "Tom Cruise Is Impeccable!"
    "A Few Good Men" is not only one of my favorite movies, but is my favorite Tom Cruise film. Released in the early '90s, the picture is about a United States lawyer working for the Morine Corps, who is hired to defend two young men accused of the accidental killing of a fellow officer. The film is cast with some of Hollywood's best actors, most notably Jack Nicholson, in a hair-raising performance as a Navy Officer who is commander-in-chief, who harbors a dark secret. Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon round out the cast and give remarkable performances.
    Most of the exteriors were shot in Washington, DC. The film was directed by Rob Reiner, whose previous blockbuster credit was "Misery".
    "A Few Good Men" was released on DVD in the late '90's as a barebones edition, albeit in widescreen, but this particular set comes with full audio commentary by Rob Reiner, as well as trailers, and a documentary on the film.
    Tom Cruise has also never looked so good!
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  • The best this movie has ever looked or sounded!
    I had forgotten how good this movie is. The Blu-ray edition is lgihtyears ahead of the DVD in both sound and picture quality. And home theater enthusiast or fan of the movie should snap this up....more info
  • You can't handle the truth!!
    One of the more famous movie lines ever and it comes from a great movie. It is a courtroom drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It focuses on marines who are accused of murder but Tom Cruise's character takes up the case (not necessarily by choice) and argues that they were just acting on orders that they could not disobey. This is one of Jack Nicholson's best roles and he is believable in that role. I have seen this so many times and I do not get bored of it at all.

    This is an amazing movie and I highly recommend it. The acting is fantastic and it never once gets boring or slow....more info
  • Very good movie
    It is a movie I never get tired of watching. The plot is good, the casting brilliant. The questions it raises are relevant to every democracy that needs an army to defend its borders. It is a movie that should be watched by everyone,...more info
  • Best movie EVER!
    I really like this movie. It has alot of suspense and it keeps you wondering what the outcome will be. This movie is my favorite movie and I keep wanting to watch it over and over again. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who likes suspense mixed in with a little humor!...more info
  • Great movie, great disc format
    There are plenty of reviews for this classic movie which can provide feedback and criticism for its content.

    I just wanted to comment on the picture quality. The HD transfer is fantastic in this blu-ray format. Everything is crystal clear, and the colors are extremely vibrant. If you're a fan of the movie, and wondering if the blu-ray version will make enough of a difference to be worth an upgrade, I can tell you it definitely is. This isn't just another edition of the movie, it's a step deeper into it....more info
  • A Few Good Men
    Fantastic film. Everybody in the cast did a stellar job. Love watching Jack Nicholson get a kick in his behind. ...more info
  • A great movie for those in the law profession
    I watched "A Few Good Men" many years ago, when I was much younger. I understood the story back then, but I didn't mind much the legal issues because I didn't really understand them. Watching "A Few Good Men" recently, I realized that it was a great movie, especially for lawyers and those in the military.

    In "A Few Good Men", Tom Cruise's character was the lead counsel for two marines who were accused of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and conduct unbecoming of an officer. The facts were undisputed that the two marines beat up Private Santiago, killing him in the process. The government, led by prosecutor Kevin Bacon, wanted to convince the court that the two marines should be held accountable for what they did to Private Santiago. The defense team of Cruise, on the other hand, wanted to place the blame on the superiors of the two marines.

    Cruise's character was excellent in plea bargaining. It seemed that if they went to court, the two marines would get life sentences. Cruise's character managed to convince Bacon's character to lower the charge to manslaughter, which would imprison the two marines for only six months. However, the two marines refused to bargain with the government by pleading guilty. They wanted to go to court because they believed that they were not guilty, even if it meant they would go to jail for the rest of their lives. Cruise's character was very frustrated. As a lawyer, he did them a favor by reducing their imprisonment to only six months. But the two marines refused because of honor.

    Here we see the difference between being the lawyer and being the client. The lawyer's job is to prevent their clients from going to court, as much as possible. But there are some clients who want to fight it out in the courts to prove a point. As the lawyer for those clients, one must accede to their wishes while at the same time letting them know what they are getting into. Cruise's character originally wanted to be removed as counsel for the defendants. But then he realized that he had a duty to fight for the rights of his clients, especially since he believed that they were not guilty.

    Cruise and his team prepared the witnesses before they went to court. This is a good example of what trial lawyers should do, since witnesses may say something incriminating, especially when they are badgered by the opposing counsel. A good witness must be prepared, relaxed, and must get all the details straightened out before testifying. He must also not be easily rattled.

    It seemed that the defense would lose because they had no proof that the two marines were only following a superior order. This is applicable in many countries. When high ranking officials are concerned, a lot of times there is no proof linking them to the crimes. They are powerful enough to make witnesses lie and change records. As a last attempt, Tom Cruise subpoenaed Jack Nicholson's character, a highly respected colonel. The former ruffled the latter's feathers so much that the latter admitted in open court that he issued the orders to the two marines.

    For lawyers and especially trial lawyers, the way Cruise's character did it was a brilliant example of how one can make witnesses admit things in open court. He was able to make Nicholson's character say that Santiago was to be transferred because he was in grave danger. He also boasted that his men always followed his orders. Cruise's character then asked the important question: "If they always follow your orders, then why was Santiago in grave danger?"

    The movie is an example of how lawyers can greatly affect the outcome of a case. Someone who may seem guilty may in fact be acquitted because of his lawyer. Cruise's character was right when he said that the case was to be won not by the law, but by the lawyers. Demi Moore's character, in my opinion, represents the righteous layman. She said that people know that the two marines were only following orders. Tom Cruise's character represents the lawyer who knows that it's all about what you can prove. Being a lawyer is not all about knowing the rules. It's all about knowing the rules to one's advantage, making your case more believable and credible than the opposing side, and proving the facts. But, as was shown in the movie, it is important to use the law to your advantage when you truly believe in what you are fighting for. Tom Cruise's character truly believed that the two marines were only following orders. His conscience wouldn't allow him to let them go to prison knowing that he could help them. Lawyers, when they truly believe in their clients, should do their best to help them even if the case seems like an uphill battle. They should realize that lives may hang in the balance, but with their help, they can prevent a miscarriage of justice. In this way, lawyering becomes an honorable profession.
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  • Great movie
    This is a great movie.

    It has everything you need:
    Good actors
    Good plot
    Good story

    Go for it, you will love the movie!...more info

  • A Few Good Men
    This engrossing military-legal thriller from director Rob Reiner soars thanks to Aaron Sorkin's gripping, expertly paced script (based on his hit Broadway play) and a brawny, high-wattage cast: Cruise and Moore make a winning pair of legal eagles, Bacon is commanding as Kaffee's courtroom nemesis, and Jack Nicholson delivers one of his most indelible performances as arrogant, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup, who may or may not know more than he claims. Dealing with illegal hazing, government cover-ups, and the outer limits of military honor, "Men" packs a double-barreled wallop. Can you handle the truth?...more info
  • Great movie, despite numerous military inaccuracies or "make-believe"
    First off, it is worth seeing/buying this movie just to see the famous Jack Nicholson scene: "You want the truth?"

    On the other hand, the military inadequacies by Reiner and crew and many fold.

    As a former USAF Captain who sat on many courts-martial in my six years of active service, I can tell you this was staged for the civilian in a typical civilian court room setting to avoid confusion. In a REAL court-martial here how it is set up. First off, the judge is NOT the focus and not "presented to." It is the board of officers (no less than 7 in a :capital offense" like the one pictured) who are the focal point, with the senior officer in the center, the next senior to his/her right, on so on a so forth. The "judge," is actually the "Judge Advocate" who sits elevated but on the side, and only rules on matter of procedure, law, evidence etc. It is the senior officer who conducts the court-martial. There is no jury as pictured.

    I thought this was a very entertaining movie, sad in a way, but I have to say Nicholson's performance was spectacular....more info
    Very impressed with the quality of the blue ray movies. Highly impressed with the service and the delivery of my order. Keep it up....more info
  • Fully Loaded DVD...Must Have For Fans
    This review refers to the Special Edition DVD(Columbia) of "A Few Good Men"...

    When Jack Nicholson lashes out at Tom Cruise in the now infamous courtroom scene, and blasts him with ..."YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"... this film became an instant classic. It's probably a line we've all used at sometime or another now, and we all know exactly where it comes from. The sparring between Nicholson and Cruise is brutally tense and a favorite among fans of courtroom dramas. If you are one of those fans and are thinking about the DVD, this review is for you. For those that have not seen this film and are interested in the storyline, you will find some wonderful reviews here with thoughts on the film itself.

    This DVD by Columbia is excellent. It's got everything you could want in a DVD. A beautifully transfered picture in anamorphic widescreen and vibrant colors, sound that surrounds wonderfully in the choice of DD5.1 or 2-channel, and the DVD is loaded with special features. You could probably watch a different feature each time you view the film. To start with, there is informative and entertaining Audio commentary from director Rob Reiner, a documentary "Code of Conduct", which features interviews, "From Stage to Screen" with Aaron Sorkin(writer) and Reiner, Trailers, Filmographies and production notes. There are several languages for viewing, and even more for subtitles including English for those who may need them.It also includes an insert with not only the scene selections but some thoughts from Reiner, Cruise and Moore.

    This DVD package is the reason we buy DVDs (and at a very reasonable price as well)...an absolute must for fans of this film.

    This film is also available in a great 3 pack:Jack 3-Pack (A Few Good Men / Easy Rider / As Good as It Gets)

    A look at very early Jack:Studs Lonigan (1960)
    and now for some real laugh out loud cowboy fun with Jack check out:Goin South
    Go for it and enjoy....Laurie

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  • Imagine Aaron Sorkin and Rob Reiner on The Wall.
    A Few Good Men is well made,well acted and well worth watching. Just remember that the writer and director are so biased and sopoisoned by their left wing thinking that they could never give the US Military a fair shake. Yes,the story is probably true,coming from a JAG case via Sorkins sister,but individual cases make good movies and bad law.The movie is great,asks some real questions,deserves attention,but remember who poisoned it with their bias,then askyourself,if there was trouble in Gitmo or elsewhere,do you think Aaron,Rob and their whiney,idealistic buddies would be the ones you would want on The Wall?...more info
  • Unit - Corps - God - Country.
    How much critical thought can the military allow its rank and file? Certainly most orders must be followed unquestioningly; otherwise ultimately the entire Armed Services would collapse. But where do you draw the line? Does it matter how well soldiers know not only their military but also their civic duties? Does it matter whether trials against members of the military are handled by way of court-martials, or before a country's ordinary courts?

    I first saw "A Few Good Men" as an in-flight movie, and after the first couple of scenes I thought that for once they'd really picked the right kind of flick: A bit cliched (yet another idle, unengaged lawyer being dragged into vigorously pursuing a case against his will), but good actors, a good director and a promising storyline.

    Then the movie cut from the introductory scenes in Washington, D.C. to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Jack Nicholson (Colonel Nathan Jessup) inquired: "Who the f**k is PFC William T. Santiago?"

    And suddenly I was all eyes and ears.

    Director Rob Reiner and Nicholson's costars describe on the movie's DVD how from the first time Nicholson spoke this (his very first) line in rehearsal he had everybody's attention; and the overall bar for a good performance immediately rose to new heights. Based on my own reaction, I believe them sight unseen. Or actually, not really "unseen," as the result of Nicholson's influence is there for everybody to watch: Never mind that he doesn't actually have all that much screen time, his intensity as an actor and the personality of his character, Colonel Jessup, dominate this movie more than anything else; far beyond the now-famous final showdown with Tom Cruise's Lieutenant Kaffee. Nobody could have brought more power to the role of Jessup than Nicholson, no other actor made him a more complex figure, and nobody delivered his final monologue so as to force you to think about the issues he (and this film) addresses; and that despite all the movie's cliches: The reluctant lawyer turning out a courtroom genius (as lead counsel in a murder trial, barely a year out of law school and without *any* prior trial experience, no less), the son fighting to rid himself of a deceased superstar-father's overbearing shadow, and the "redneck" background of the victim's superior officer Lieutenant Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland, who nevertheless milks the role for all it's worth).

    Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who adapted his own play, reportedly based the story's premise - the attempted cover-up of a death resulting from an illegal pseudo-disciplinary action - on a real-life case that his sister, a lawyer, had come across in the JAG Corps. (Although even if I take his assertion at face value that assigning the matter to a junior lawyer without trial experience was part of the cover-up, I still don't believe the real case continued the way it does here. But be that as it may.) Worse, the victim is a marine serving at "Gitmo," the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, where *any* kind of tension assumes an entirely different dimension than in virtually any other location. In come Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and co-counsels Lt. Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollack) and Lt.Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), assigned to defend the two marines held responsible for Santiago's death; L.Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison) and PFC Louden Downey (James Marshall), who claim to have acted on Kendrick's orders to subject Santiago to a "code red," an act of humiliating peer-punishment, after Santiago had gone outside the chain of command to rat on a fellow marine (none other than Dawson), attempting to obtain a transfer out of "Gitmo." But while Kendrick sternly denies having given any such order and prosecuting attorney Captain Ross (Kevin Bacon) is ready to have the defendants' entire company swear that Kendrick actually ordered them to leave Santiago alone, Kaffee and Co. believe their clients' story - which ultimately leads them to Jessup himself, as it is unthinkable that the event should have occurred without his knowledge or even specific direction.

    By the time of this movie's production, Tom Cruise had made the part of the shallow youngster suddenly propelled into manhood one of his trademark characters (see, e.g., "The Color of Money," "Top Gun" and "Rain Man"); nevertheless, his considerable skill (mostly) elevates Kaffee's part above cardboard level. Demi Moore gives one of her strongest-ever performances as Commander Galloway, who would love to be lead counsel herself in accordance with her rank's entitlements, but overcomes her disappointment to push Kaffee to a top-notch performance instead. Kevin Pollack's, Kevin Bacon's and J.T. Walsh's (Jessup's deputy Lt.Col. Markinson's) performances are straight-laced enough to easily be overlooked, but they're fine throughout and absolutely crucial foils for Kaffee, Galloway and Jessup; and so, vis-a-vis Dawson, is James Marshall's shy, scared Downey, who is clearly in way over his head. The movie's greatest surprise, however, is Wolfgang Bodison, who, although otherwise involved with the production, had never acted before being drafted by Rob Reiner solely on the basis of his physical appearance, which matched Dawson's better than any established actor's; and who gives a stunning performance as the young Lance Corporal who will rather be convicted of murder than take an unhonorable plea bargain, yet comes to understand his actions' full complexity upon hearing the jury's verdict.

    "Unit - corps - God - country" is the code of honor according to which, Dawson tells Kaffee, the marines at "Gitmo" live their lives; and Colonel Jessup declares that under his command orders are followed "or people die," and words like "honor," "code" and "loyalty" to him are the backbone of a life spent defending freedom. Proud words for sure: But for the "code red," but for the trespass over that invisible line between a legal and an immoral, illegal order they might well be justified. That line, however, exists, and is drawn even in a non-public court-martial. I'd like to believe that insofar at least, this movie gets it completely right.

    Also recommended:
    Rules of Engagement
    The Firm
    The Border
    Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom'
    The Caine Mutiny (Collector's Edition)...more info
  • You can't handle the truth!
    4.5 Stars. An absolutely stellar cast saves this film from being ever-so-slightly boring. While some of the courtroom scenes drag, the rest of the script is tight and packed with light humor in appropriate moments.

    Two marines, Downey and Dawson, are accused of murdering private Santiago during a disciplinary procedure known unofficially as a Code Red. Assigned to represent them is naval lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and Lt. Sam Weinberg (Kevin Pollak), joined by internal affairs officer Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore). The chain of command extending downward from Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) denies ordering the Code Red, so Dawson and Downey's only hope is if Kaffee can prove they were following orders given to them from above.

    Kaffee and Weinberg find themselves facing off with prosecutor Capt. Jack Ross (Kevin Bacon) and hard-core marines such as Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland), Lt. Col. Matthew Andrew Markinson (the late, great J.T. Walsh), Cpl. Carl Hammaker (Cuba Gooding Jr.), and of course, Col. Jessep.

    Innocence, orders, protocols, procedures, guilt, and morals are strewn over the courtroom in a trial over the loss of one life, and potential loss of two more. Where is the line between right and wrong drawn? Kaffee (the carefree one), Joanna (the serious one) and Sam (the stable one) are forced to work as a team to uncover the truth as to what happened to break down the chain of military command the night private Santiago died.

    The cast is first-rate and the performances stellar in this tense drama. The scripting does drag at times, but can't distract from the overall plot. Jack Nicholson, though his screen time is limited, steals the show with his portrayal of Col. Jessep, a war-zone hardened marine of high stature, slated for promotion. This movie is a must-see for fans of courtroom or military dramas. Enjoy!
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  • "What do you wanna discuss now? My favorite color?"
    "A Few Good Men" isn't a perfect movie. It doesn't have the greatest plot, nor does it have the greatest script. It also can be melodramatic and it tends to pretend that its plot is a lot more clever than it really is when it all comes down to it. So, that doesn't sound like a very good movie, right? In most cases, yes. However, the film is saved by superb acting and an impressive cast. Therefore, it proves to be an entertaining film despite being somewhat flawed.

    Two soldiers are accused of killing one of their own in a beating gone wrong. A Navy lawyer and his team is their only hope as they set out to prove that they were ordered to give the beating to the soldier due to him falling behind and snitching on another soldier--but never intended to kill him. All of the evidence points to murder, but when looked at through a magnifying glass there tends to be more to the picture than meets the eye. This all makes for an interesting courtroom drama--while not perfect or original--that has top notch performances.

    As I said in the beginning, the movie is very flawed. There are a lot of weaknesses that can be spotted within the blink of an eye, but the film is saved by stellar performances from Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon. While his performance isn't a major role, the late J.T. Walsh is also great to watch. As good as Cruise and company are, the real show stopper is the one and only Jack Nicholson, who delivers a chilling and flawless performance as he is in one of the most memorable scenes in film history. Since this is based on a play, the film is over-the-top at times and is very melodramatic. The use of dramatic music tends to get tiresome as well, as it appears that people behind the movie do not think we're smart enough to notice when a moment is somber or crucial. I don't mind music in movies, but they really overuse it at times. Still, I must repeat that this is a good movie.

    I don't have the special edition, I just have the first edition that came out on DVD. As much as I like the movie, it's nothing I need to re-buy. The version I have is fine. The picture and sound quality is good enough and I really don't need any special features for this movie. The special edition is only recommended for hardcore fans. If you already have the older DVD and only like the movie, then there's no need to re-buy it.

    "A Few Good Men" is a good movie that is saved by excellent acting. The outstanding cast makes up for the flaws in the film. Just keep in mind that this movie can get a little over-the-top with the dramatics, but if you love these actors then that will make up for that. If you haven't seen it yet, then I do recommend that you check it out. It is one of those movies that everybody talks about, and for good reason. -Michael Crane...more info
  • Super Movie
    This movie is a great movie. It also is such a good movie in the beginning of Tom Cruise and Demi Moore's careers. And of course Jack Nicholson ... he didn't have much of a part ... but what a part he played in this movie. ...more info
  • 90s classic
    One of the best movies of the 90s in my opinion, and possibly Tom Cruise's best performance. And of course Nicholson is great too. So many classic lines in this movie, I find myself quoting it almost weekly. Is also possibly the best courtroom movie ever....more info
  • One of my favorite movies ever
    Two of my favorite screenwriters (and for very different reasons) are Aaron Sorkin and David Mamet. If you want to see why I like Mamet, go watch _Spanish Prisoner_. This one will show you why I like Sorkin.

    This is a legal drama in the grand style (for which see also Mamet's _The Verdict_). The plot flies along at something over Mach 1, the dialogue just crackles, and the performances are gripping.

    This was 1992, remember, before anybody really knew Tom Cruise could _act_. And here he is, holding his own against the formidable Jack Nicholson.

    You know the plot already, I'm sure, and in any case I won't discuss it here. I'm also happy to concede (as per earlier reviewers' comments) that some of the military law in this film is probably the product of somebody's imagination (although it's far, far above the level of 'Objection! Mr. Mason is clearly on a fishing expedition').

    But as _drama_, it just doesn't get any better than this. The final courtroom scene is brilliantly written and acted, and after watching it for more than a decade I _still_ break out in goosebumps at the appropriate moment.

    The DVD is an improvement in picture and sound quality, of course, and I like the widescreen format. But the drama doesn't depend on the format.

    Sorkin has of course deservedly gone on to great fame as the original script writer for _The West Wing_. It's a testament to his skill that this holiday, I gave my wife the DVD collection of the first season of _West Wing_ and she gave me the DVD version of this movie.

    Cheers to Rob Reiner as well for his expert direction; although I disagree profoundly with some of his political opinions, I've never seen a bad movie with his name on it, and this is one of his best. There are also fine performances by Demi Moore, the late J.T. Walsh, Kiefer Sutherland, and others (including a couple faces that would later become familiar on TV: Noah Wyle and Matt Craven)....more info
  • blu ray
    this blu ray is very good the sound and picture are very crisp worth the money if you like this movie than get it on blu ray also region free so anyone can enjoy...more info
  • classic and superb blu ray release
    This movie is a classic. Top notch production, script, directing, and acting. The final court scene with Jack Nicholson was breath-taking. A serious movie for a serious movie buff. This double-layer bluray looks and sounds FANTASTIC. Video is encoded in MPEG2 but it is stunning. PCM audio makes the sound effects come alive. If you love this movie like I did, you must indulge yourself with this bluray release. I do not think it will get any better for a long long time....more info
  • A Few Good Men
    Every time this movie shows up on T.V. we watch it but have to deal with the commercials. It is a must for every movie library and appropriate for older kids. (Little ones would be bored.) The acting and casting is amazing with a strong story line. ...more info
  • Another Slam Dunk by Jack Nicholson!
    This is a great movie and features incredible performances by Tom Cruis, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and of course the supporting role by one and only Jack Nichilson....more info
  • Blue Ray DVD
    "A Few Good Men" (Blue Ray) was our first Blue Ray DVD. We were more than satisfied with both it's visual efficency and multichannel sound. ...more info
  • memorable
    This movie is very good, especially for it's memorable moments in the end. It is a nice window into the lives of our military people and how honor and obediance play into their lives....more info
  • An excellent film, but with mediocre DVD features
    This was one of my favorite films when it came out and it holds up if you saw it 10 years ago or if this is the 100th time that you've seen it. The plot is straightforward with few twists and turns, at least in the sense that what you think happened in Cuba after watching the first 15 minutes of the film is, in fact, what happened. The tension in the film is having the main defense lawyer (played by Tom Cruise) prove what happened in a court of law. The result is definately worth watching.

    A lot gets made out of the cast of this film. While it's true that there are a lot of movie stars, a lot of credit should go to director Rob Reiner since many of his 'stars' had not shown the ability to act up until this point in their careers. Of course, you have established actors like Jack Nicholson in key roles, but remember that Tom Cruise was still mainly rembered for Top Gun and Demi Moore for Ghost when this film came out. There is an excellent supporting cast of up-and-comers, including future Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr, Noah Wiley, and J.T. Walsh. But what makes this movie work is Reiner's direction, which keeps what could easily become an average Law and Order episode interesting for more than two hours.

    The DVD has a couple of special features, including a wide array of language options ranging from Thai to French. The featurettes are above average and provide some interesting insight instead of basically being trailers for the film. However, the director's commentary is substandard, with long stretches where Reiner simply doesn't say anything. Some of the comments are even inaccurate, such as when he claims that the rifle team was recruited from the University of North Carolina (in fact, according to the credits they are from Texas A&M).

    As a film, I'd rate A Few Good Men with 5 stars, while as a DVD it comes in at a pedestrian 3. This is not because the film loses anything on the small screen, but just an indicator that the features are mediocre. At the end of the day, the reason to buy this DVD is for an excellent film that is well written, surprisingly well acted (given the cast), and extremely well directed. If you're looking for DVD features that will keep you engaged for hours, look elsewhere. Unless you want to work on your Thai....more info
  • 3.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    A courtroom drama more intelligent than most, A Few Good Men zips through its 135-minute running length with the help of crisp editing and good performance all around; while the movie probably wasn't worthy of a Best Picture nomination, it most assuredly is worthy of your time....more info
  • A Few good men & woman...
    This was great movie Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon & Kiefer Sutherland a star studded cast.
    This story starts out with 2 soldiers getting court marshaled.
    They obey orders even when it was the wrong thing to do.
    Kevin Bacon plays the DA in this case and Kiefer Sutherland plays a witness in this case.
    Jacky Boy plays the commanding officer that gave the order to kill another soldier that had asked for a transfer, instead he ends up dead.
    At the end Tom Cruise get the truth out of Jacky Boy and he goes to jail.
    The soldiers originally accused were given a dishonorable discharge.
    I rate this Movie a 8 from 1to10!!...more info
  • Excellent
    Well i happen to think that the movie is open and shut When the Fish Drill Team performs in the begining sequence. Other than that this movie is allright...more info
  • All I can say is GREAT MOVIE!!!
    Have you ever seen one of those movies that you could watch again and again? This is it for me! I can't being to tell you how many times I have stopped in the middle of cleaning the house, doing homework, eating dinner, whatever to watch A FEW GOOD MEN if it was on tv, cable, whatever. This movie is a great movie with a tremendous cast. Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Demi Moore all give amazing performances. This is a movie that everyone should watch atleast once.
    Even today I went to my dvd collection to pop it in the DVD player just to watch it again. I think this movie is a real treat for anyone who enjoys court room dramas, movies about military that is not about war, and who loves the actors listed above because I can't imagine any one else in these roles than the great cast in this line up! RENT AND ENJOY! No wait...BUY IT! You won't regret it!!...more info
  • Entertaining
    I have watched this movie over and over because of the structure of the story, plot, and the cast of characters which are outstanding. I don't think you can go wrong with a movie that has both Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise in it. It's truly entertaining. Can you handle the truth? Or as Jack says, "You can't handle the truth" - Great court room drama....more info
    ....Darn good movie [DVD]...Sorkin's screen/play defines the spartan USMC discipline to perfection...for instance, when Jack Nicholson [he overshadows the entire cast of this film] berates all the non/combatant Navy JAG/attorneys trying to bring his illustrious Marine career to an abrupt end is spell/binding and cuts right to the bone [an immense scene of impact]...his bombastic and clarion call to what a Fleet Marine Force Marine [FMF] is all about is so true to all the unsuspecting civilians taking life for granted, etc...his sneering but simple, "Thank You" is all he expects...."and be on your way, my man" is totally real...99% of the American people don't know the instantanious, and grating/lethal feeling... I'm about to die!!....pooof, dead!!...no more mama-no more papa...no more nothing!!...is what Fleet Marines go through in combat operations 24/7 by closing with America's enemies, etc...Nicholson tries his darndest to bring this sailent point home with alacrity, "You Want Me On That Wall..You...NEED... Me On That Wall!!!"...he's right on, folks.....give the devil his due...as for the final fadeout, Nicholson's character gets his just reward of due process of the Military Code of Justice...but, I say again...Nicholson's portrayal as a FMF Marine Colonel is colossal by the fact, how the United States Marine Marine Corps' commitment to duty, honor and country allows all Americans to go about their daily rush of life in peace and at days end, sleep the good sleep while the USMC guards the ramparts like no other, since 1775...a very good cast begets a great show!!....Semper Fidelis...SSGT CHRIS SARNO-USMC FMF...more info
  • Courtroom Drama in Uniform
    The settings in this film suggest it came from a staged Broadway play. The characters are mostly one-dimensional as they speak their lines. Like other plays, it is a conflict between ideas (or assumptions). The playwright has rigged the events, and you must decide how realistic they are.

    The events take place in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, at the American military base. A new private doesn't match the expectations of the officers. (We later learn of the reason for this.) So a corporal and a private teach him a lesson. But this new private dies because he was gagged. There is a self-serving testimony from a medical officer, who assumes "an unknown poison" caused the death, leading to a murder charge.

    Another example of its drama is to first portray the defense lawyer as something of an indifferent shyster who is adept at plea bargaining. This characterization is reversed by the end of this filmed play. I wonder if a seeming paranoid Colonel could rise so high, unless it indicates a deteriorating medical condition (drooping lower eyelids). The moral of this play warns against the danger of just following orders. "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" warns of the danger of not following orders. Damned if you do, damned if you don't? When will there ever be a play that deals with Vietnam or Iraq?
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  • you gotta ask me nicely
    A few Good Men and a woman, that's right you have Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Kevin bacon & Pollak,Kiefer Sutherland,Cuba and Demi Moore,a brilliant cast WOW!Jack is riveting,Tom shines the acting is outstanding,phonomenal you don't want to miss one second of this one. A rememberably courtroom drama that will stick in your mind for years to come. Enjoy...more info
  • A Few Old Cliches
    I love this film. I love the way every last cinematic crotchet concerning the military, lawyers, the Cold War, the judicial process, and politics in general gets thrown in one after the other. I love the way the coverup makes absolutely no sense, since it can gain the powers-that-be nothing while risking everything. (Compare this to Abu Ghraib, where the authorities actually *investigated* the crimes and then *exposed* them. What could they have been thinking? Are they Democrats or what?) I love the way the romantic arc goes from hostility to grudging respect to starry-eyed glances as if timed by a stopwatch. I love the way the characters stop acting like individuals in the second half and start jerking around like puppets solely to fit the requirements of the plot (e.g., the J.T. Walsh character's suicide, which comes out of nowhere and means nothing.) I love the way that Jessup, characterized as a nasty but sharp officer, suddenly turns into a howling maniac in the last five minutes. I love the way the conspiracy comes across as if it was concocted by pinheads... but I already said that, didn't I?

    So if I love this flick so much, why only two stars? Solely and completely because Nicholson's in it. That's all.

    I've never bothered to watch "The West Wing", but if it's anywhere near as much an expression of halfwit, cliche-ridden self-righteousness as this flick, I'm sure I'd love it. Or maybe not. ...more info