The Great Santini (1979)
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Bull Meechum (Robert Duvall) loves fighting almost as much as he loves the Marine Corps. Profane, cocky, and arrogant, he's a great fighter pilot -- and he knows it. His boss hates his guts, but knows that if he's going to straighten out his lagging squadron, Meechum is the man to do it. The story and irony of The Great Santini is in Meechum's total intolerance of family life and fatherhood. Meechum has a lovely, supportive wife, Lillian (Blythe Danner), an earnest, likeable son, Ben (Michael
Oct 26, 1979 Wide
Nov 23, 1999
Warner Home Video
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This is one of those special films that moves effortlessly between tension, tears and laughs ... Robert Duvall's performance runs neck-and-neck with his Lonesome Dove turn as his career best.
An emotionally devastating drama with a first rate performance from Robert Duvall.
Robert Duvall and Michael O'Keefe turn in powerful, Oscar nominated performances in this familiar family melodrama about tyrannical marine-father who bullies his sensitive son so that he can become a real man.
Duvall as rough, tough Marine in downer story of family conflict
Fantastic performances by Duvall and O'Keefe highlight this father-son tug-of-war.
The Great Santini is a convincing portrait of the battles between a military man and his coming-of-age son.
Offers a whole lot more than just Duvall's flawless performance.
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