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When the body of Army Capt. Elizabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson) is found on a Georgia military base, two investigators, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner (John Travolta) and Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe), are ordered to solve her murder. What they uncover is anything but clear-cut. Unseemly details emerge about Campbell's life, leading to allegations of a possible military coverup of her death and the involvement of her father, Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell (James Cromwell).

Cast & Crew

John Travolta
Paul Brenner, Sgt. Frank White
Madeleine Stowe
Sara Sunhill
James Cromwell
Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell
Timothy Hutton
Col. William Kent
Leslie Stefanson
Capt. Elisabeth Campbell
Daniel von Bargen
Police Chief Yardley
Clarence Williams III
Col. George Fowler
James Woods
Col. Robert Moore
Mark Boone Junior
Dalbert Elkins
John Beasley
Col. Donald Slesinger
Boyd Kestner
Capt. Jake Elby
Brad Beyer
Capt. Bransford
Rick Dial
Cal Seivers
John Frankenheimer
Gen. Sonnenberg
Jonathan D. Krane
Executive Producer
Carter Burwell
Original Music
Ray Colcord
Original Music
Peter Menzies Jr.
Cinematographer
J. Dennis Washington
Production Design
Ann Harris
Art Direction
Thomas T. Taylor
Art Direction
Marvin March
Set Decoration
Erica Edell Phillips
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Critic Reviews for The General's Daughter

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  • May 07, 2012
    The General's Daughter has always been a guilty pleasure thriller for me. On one hand the critics hatred for it is in one ear while my interest in high concept thrillers is encouraging me in the other. I will admit the film isn't the best but there's something I enjoy about the ensemble and overall twists and turns of the story-line. The graphic seems might be too much and the filmmaker over steps with some of these depictions. The beginning setup for Travolta's character feels like it belongs to a different movie. I don't expect people to join me in liking this film but I'm here to defend what I feel is an underappreciated film. The filmmaker showcases strong talent in the action scenes and unfortunately has had a mixed response career. Travolta and Stowe are well cast but their chemistry never really shines the way it should. The strong support cast is good and if you're looking for something to kill the time, this might interest you. 20/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2011
    The General's Daughter is an interesting Thriller, but ends up being a fairly average one at best. The film has a decent enough cast starring in it. Overall the film is an average piece of cinema that delivers decent thrills as the main character played by John Travolta seeks to uncover the truth about the murder of a C. at West Point. He uncovers many cover ups and soon discovers that the C.O's daughter wasn't all that she seemed to be. Though a good film, I thought that The General's Daughter could have used a bit more story to the subject matter because here you have a story that is almost flat at times. However theres some good twists and good thrills to be had watching this film. The film is good, but it's nothing terrific. The acting is fairly well delivered, James Cromwell and James Woods are terrific and even John Travolta is good here, but his performance is at times uneven. The film is nothing spectacular in terms of a Thriller, but it has many good things going for it that will surely entertain the viewer. The General's Daughter is an average Thriller with above average acting, it has the potential to be a great Thriller, but it doesn't quit get there. However the film is bound to give you a few thrills as you follow Paul Brenner uncover the truth of the murder in the film. An entertain film that could have been better.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2011
    John Travolta portrays a captain in the army special investigations unit assigned to find the murderer of the titled general's daughter. The corpse was found naked with signs of rape, torture and died from being strangled while spread-eagled. Madeleine Stowe plays the military detective asking questions to the key suspects who knew her, and her secret dominatrix lifestyle. She hopes to uncover the reasons for the crime and find its perpetrator. Of course, as is common in stories like this, there are those who don't want the truth to be told. Excellent support is given by James Woods as the murdered woman's colleague and military psychologist, James Cromwell as the general, and Timothy Hutton as a colonel acting as liaison to Travolta in the investigation. Warning: Contains an extremely graphic rape scene!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2010
    Firstly, the ending sequence with the C-130 and the general is phenomenal. Aside from that, the movie is a pretty good investigative drama, though it can be messed up at times, which is understandable, considering the subject matter. Honestly, both travolta and stowe are surprisingly good, which is not what I expected, because I don't particularly like either of them. Worth seeing, but definitely not for everyone...but that really goes without saying.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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