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½ April 29, 2018
Good action and mystery crime, enjoyed this one.
½ March 5, 2018
One of the more underrated movies of John Travolta, The General's Daughter is a great whodunnit which makes excellent use of its location (a military base in Louisiana) and its ensemble cast. Travolta is on fine form and charismatic as ever as the investigator who is torn between his urge to find out the truth and his loyalty to the army. Travolta and Madeleine Stowe, who is always an asset in any cast in my opinion, play well off one another and make for a nice couple of investigators. James Woods and James Cromwell shine in crucial supporting roles. Espcecially the scenes with Woods and Travolta crackle with intensity and are full of wordgames and sharp dialogue. The strong atmosphere (enhanced by a great Carter Burwell soundtrack) ,the engrossing mystery (with disturbing themes of rape, sexism, betrayal and parental negligence: themes sadly still relevant to this day), and some good performances make for a more than entertaining watch.
November 12, 2017
Story about the military police investigating the murder of a general's daughter. One of the dumbest endings in a movie I've ever seen. No way a woman ties herself up naked to the ground so her own father can come rescue her. What moron wrote this stuff?
November 10, 2017
One of Travolta?s better movies
½ September 4, 2017
The real crime here is that this movie is based on a true story. I first heard this one in 1978. However, women have been in the American Armed Forces, and facing the rape issue since WWII and probably since Molly Pitcher. But the one I heard about in '78 was a noble soul who reasoned that if she made a big deal out of it, which "they" were expecting her to, "they" would use it as an excuse to keep women out of Military academies and positions from then on. You decide if it made any difference in the long run. Does anyone think rape doesn't still happen in the military? This movie goes AWOL, gets real weird, lands way off target in my opinion. The actual soldier woman gets less screen time than anyone else, how ironic is that? What a gyp. She sounds to me like the female version of Jesus, if she did what she did for the reason I was told she did, by a source in the know. She deserves a better salute than this. Let's hope someone approaches the subject again, but attempts to breathe some actual life into the soldier woman who took rape in stride, because that is what the military is STILL asking rape survivors to do, I hope you know.
September 1, 2017
General Devilish Deceiving Deviousness.
August 18, 2017
Excellent murder mystery with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Travolta is excellent, with a great supporting cast.
½ April 16, 2017
John Travolta is the best thing about this movie
January 31, 2017
It's good movie to watch
July 22, 2016
7/22/2016: It was ok, but nothing extraordinary or memorable.
½ January 12, 2016
misuse of the novel....i personally think John Travolta is not perfect for the role....but it watchable
October 25, 2015
good military suspenser like 'the presidio' & others
October 11, 2015
In continuing proof that I am totally out of touch with the general viewing public, I found this to be watchable and interesting. Travolta was likeable and interesting, and the story was also interesting. My only real negatives were the over-the-top acting by Clarence Williams (remember "Mod Squad"?) and James Woods. And I mean WAY over the top with Clarence Williams. And my other minor problem was the way that everything was so clearly explained at the end, like they wanted to make absolutely sure we got it. Other than that, it was a good, watchable, military crime "who dunnit". I suppose some were a bit shocked and disturbed that the daughter had a kinky side, but as films go that was quite tame, IMO. Unlike, say "Se7en" with Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt. Geez, now THAT was disturbing. Anyway, I'd call it a good, watchable movie.
September 2, 2015
Military rape & sexual harassment is a real & present danger.
August 10, 2015
Based on true story, this story of brutality & cover-up in the military is given the Hollywood treatment. Worth seeing once.
½ May 24, 2015
Big try but a very small fish of a thriller which should be thrown back.
½ January 4, 2015
I have no idea what the critics were thinking when they rated this film. The dialogue is snappy, the investigation is swift and does not grow boring, and the ending is something one may never suspect. The filming was also excellent with very stable camerawork and aesthetic camera angles. The only complaint that I have is the horrid sound mixing. At times it was impossible to hear the dialogue over the music, making for some muddy sounding scenes.
October 15, 2014
A good thriller with what I thought was a real good performance by John Travolta. He's kind of a hard ass but a loyal, good moraled one. He co stars with Madeline Stowe who plays a cool confident role. Together they try to solve the rape murder of the generals daughter on an army base. There are some good thrills to be had here and the plot is good but it does take silly turns at time. Overall a good mystery thriller. Nothing too exceptional but nothing bad by any means.
August 11, 2014
Now why would the Critics Not like this film? Too formulaic? I think being in the Military must have something to do with the feeling! Enjoyable to the Max for Atmosphere.
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