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Few Good Men, A (DVD)
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Few Good Men, A (DVD)
Date: 13/08/00, updated on 13/08/00 (24 review reads)
Advantages: Great casting, gritty subject, good directing
When two young US marines are charged with murder after a 'code red' (a form of unofficial disciplinary action, usually a beating) goes wrong, US Navy attorney Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend them. He's young, brash and usually avoids courtrooms where possible - in the 9 months he's been a Navy attorney, he's successfully plea bargained all 44 of his cases.
This time however, a plea bargain won't work - the marines say they were following orders from senior officers, and are therefore innocent, because they were following the code and doing their jobs. They won't plea bargain for a lesser offence, because they don't believe they've done anything wrong.
Along with Lt. Commander Joanne Galloway (Demi Moore) and helped by another Navy attorney, Sam, can Kaffee get the result he wants in the biggest case of his career, one which could be politically explosive?
This is probably the best piece of acting that Tom Cruise has done. As Daniel Kaffee, he displays more acting skills than his usual cocky, overconfident roles require. Kaffee is not only proving himself as a US Navy defence attorney, but trying to live up to the standards of his father before him.
Demi Moore also gives a good performance, as LT. Commander Joanne Galloway, who is assigned to help Kaffee with the case. She has a reputation for being somewhat cold, but in reality is just trying to deal with her own insecurities.
As Admiral Nathan Jessup, Jack Nicholson is fantastic, turning in an excellent performance. As the senior officer who ordered the code red to be performed, he's trying to cover his tracks and get the two young marines sentenced, to save his own skin.
All in all, the cast is excellent - as well as the three main stars above, there are good supporting performances from Noah Wyle, Cuba Gooding Jr,
Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon.
As usual, Rob Reiner's directing is spot on, and he knows just how to handle the characters and the plot. This is without doubt, the best courtroom drama i have seen, and it's an unmissable film for anyone.