The Great Santini (1979)
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as Lt. Col. Bull Meechum
as Ben Meechum
as Lillian Meechum
as Mary Anne Meechum
as Toomer Smalls
as Col. Hedgepath
as Colonel Varney
as Corporal Atcherly
as Coach Spinks
as Captain Weber
as Mrs. Weber
as Lieutenant Sammy
as Captain Brookout
as Colonel Muillnax
as 1st Cousin
as Honor Guard Sergeant
as Basketball Player
Critic Reviews for The Great Santini
This is one of those special films that moves effortlessly between tension, tears and laughs ... Robert Duvall's performance runs neck-and-neck with his Lonesome Dove turn as his career best.
An emotionally devastating drama with a first rate performance from Robert Duvall.
Robert Duvall and Michael O'Keefe turn in powerful, Oscar nominated performances in this familiar family melodrama about tyrannical marine-father who bullies his sensitive son so that he can become a real man.
Duvall as rough, tough Marine in downer story of family conflict
Audience Reviews for The Great Santini
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.
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!
Underrated classic. Robert Duvall at his best.
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