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Bull Meechum (Robert Duvall) is a great fighter pilot -- so great that he dubs himself "The Great Santini." While his take-no-prisoners attitude and willingness to fight has served him well in the military, he's unable to turn it off at home. Eventually his competitive nature and abusive behavior take their toll on his relationships with his wife (Blythe Danner) and his rebellious 18-year-old son (Michael O'Keefe) after a friendly father-and-son basketball game turns ugly.

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Robert Duvall
Lt. Col. `'Bull'` Meechum
Blythe Danner
Lillian Meechum
Lisa Jane Persky
Mary Anne Meechum
Brian Andrews
Matthew Meechum
Stan Shaw
Toomer Smalls
Theresa Merritt
Arrabella Smalls
Paul Mantee
Col. Virgil Hedgepath
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  • Oct 02, 2013
    Duvall embodies cockiness to the nth degree as he sets unrealistic expectations for his offspring in living up to the greatness of Santini. It borders on annoying by the end but it is nonetheless a great character created.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2010
    (1979 Director: Lewis John Carlino) Blythe Danner AND Robert Duvall! Ah, what a combination!? This is not a happy role for Duvall's talents, but he is most believable as the aggressive, overly discipliniarian military father--with an obsession on basketball! Setting: My home state of Indiana. <div style="width:440px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/blythe-danner-the-great-santini-robert-duvall--blyth-danner-in-the-great-santini-11971601"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/97/16/11971601_gal.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Flixster</a> - Share Movies</div></div>
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  • Oct 14, 2009
    I thought the kid who played Benny was a bit much. It was a bit unbelievable. Otherwise, the movie was pretty good. Duvall's character was funny. Sad though!
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2009
    Duvall was nominated for this and watching it you will see why. Great story of a bullying father and husband, whos children make him come to turns with his issues.
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