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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A fast-talking, charming Navy defense attorney must prove that a pair of Marines are innocent of murdering a fellow fighter in this taut and provocative courtroom thriller. The lawyer's biggest obstacle is a conniving base commander who wants the whole affair swept under the carpet.

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Tom Cruise
as Lt. Daniel Kaffee
Jack Nicholson
as Col. Nathan R. Jessep
Demi Moore
as Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Bacon
as Capt. Jack Ross
Kiefer Sutherland
as Lt. Jonathan Kendrick
Kevin Pollak
as Lt. Sam Weinberg
James Marshall
as Pfc. Louden Downey
J.T. Walsh
as Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson
J.A. Preston
as Judge Randolph
Matt Craven
as Lt. Dave Spradling
Wolfgang Bodison
as Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson
Xander Berkeley
as Capt. Whitaker
John M. Jackson
as Capt. West
Noah Wyle
as Cpl. Jeffrey Barnes
Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Corp. Carl Hammaker
Oscar Jordan
as Steward
John M. Mathews
as 1st Guard
Aaron Sorkin
as Man in Bar
Al Wexo
as 2nd Guard
Frank Cavestani
as 1st Agent
Jan Munroe
as Jury Forman
Michael DeLorenzo
as Pfc. William T. Santiago
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Lt. Sherby
Arthur Senzy
as Robert C. McGuire
Cameron Thor
as Cmdr. Lawrence
David Bowe
as Cmdr. Gibbs
Gene Whittington
as Mr. Dawson
Maud Winchester
as Aunt Ginny
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Critic Reviews for A Few Good Men

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (51) | 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.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

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

    Apr 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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