A Few Good Men

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An old-fashioned courtroom drama with a contemporary edge, A Few Good Men succeeds on the strength of its stars, with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and especially Jack Nicholson delivering powerful performances that more than compensate for the predictable plot.

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Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore), convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy.

Cast & Crew

Tom Cruise
Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Jack Nicholson
Col. Nathan R. Jessup
Demi Moore
Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Bacon
Capt. Jack Ross
Kiefer Sutherland
Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Kevin Pollak
Lt. Sam Weinberg
James Marshall
Pfc. Louden Downey
J.T. Walsh
Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson
Christopher Guest
Cmdr. Doctor Stone
J.A. Preston
Col. Judge Julius Randolph
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter
William S. Gilmore
Executive Producer
Rachel Pfeffer
Executive Producer
David Brown
Producer
Earl Forest
Original Music
William G. Harvey
Original Music
Jerry Leiber
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Critic Reviews for A Few Good Men

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (11)

  • Designed to get the audience rooting for this upper-class underdog, the movie accomplishes its task with military efficiency. But since the deck is stacked and the cards well worn, it hardly seems a victory to cherish.

    February 8, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • By pitting Cruise against Nicholson in the film`s final courtroom confrontation, Sorkin and Reiner are pitting two notions of masculinity and two notions of stardom against each other.

    April 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A brisk and familiar courtroom drama of the old school, as pleasant to watch as it is predictable, Men more than anything else is a tribute to pure star power.

    April 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The whole film, with its steady, important-picture pacing, its foursquare visual style, and its pseudo-profundity, is a piece of glorified banality.

    April 30, 2014
  • The literally in-your-face camera work can easily expose an actor's weaknesses, but, with the lens framed on Nicholson's bulldog visage, he lets loose with volcanic fury. His demagoguery and gung-ho self-righteousness are something to behold.

    April 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The driving force of the story is watching Cruise`s character develop some backbone and staying power.

    April 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Few Good Men

  • Dec 07, 2015
    "A Few Good Men" is an amazing drama film of 1992. "A Few Good Men" has amazing acting from "Tom Cruise" and "Jack Nicholson". "A Few Good Men" has a great plot to it, the drama was handled very well, it wasn't too over the top. One thing I did not like was the first 20 minutes of the film; it felt a bit long and dragged on. "Jack Nicholson's" final courtroom speech is a classic, and has been impersonated several times. The music in "A Few Good Men" is great; it fits in perfectly with the scenes. I highly recommend you watch "A Few Good Men" as it is an amazing drama film. I give "A Few Good Men" an 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2014
    As seen in "The Newsroom" and "The Social Network," Aaron Sorkin obviously writes some great dialogue and speeches, and Kaffee and Jessup's courtroom confrontation is indeed full of vitriol and grand idealistic views on patriotism, security, and truth. However, what bumps me about this movie and the rest of Sorkin's work is that it's too pat. A callow, legacy, navy lawyer has to defend two Marines accused of hazing a private so extremely that they kill him. Along the way, we tackle issues of whether honor means following a code of ethics or critically thinking for oneself. Will the good guys win? What does it mean to be a good guy? These are important, heady questions drummed up by Sorkin, but I think he spent more time writing slick lawyer-speak instead of developing a key part of the story: who is Santiago and why should we care about him, the circumstances in which he was killed, and the fate of his killers? Why did he even join the Marines to begin with? Where was he trying to get transferred to? Why did he break the chain of command? Why would he offer secrets for personal favors? Why was he, in short, such a bad Marine? Even if he had health conditions, he should've at least been able to keep his barracks orderly and be punctual. His death seemed so clearly an accident that I wondered why all this hullabaloo. I kept thinking there had to be more to Santiago, not just his death.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2013
    "You can't handle the truth!" A Few Good Men is a powerful and compelling courtroom drama from director Rob Reiner. The story follows a young JAG officer who gets more than be bargains for when he takes on the case of two Marines accused of murder, and discovers that the truth is more disturbing that he originally believed. The cast is quite impressive, and includes Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Jack Nicholson; who all delivers excellent performances. The writing is also exceptionally good, and adds a lot of intrigue and intensity to the trial. Well-crafted and inspired, A Few Good Men delivers a thrilling drama.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Upon close examination, A Few Good Men isn't quite as profound as it would have you believe, but that doesn't stop it from being a riveting courtroom drama bolstered by strong performances and a quick-witted script.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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