The Pentagon Wars (1998)





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Excessive military spending provides the impetus behind this sharp, satirical account of an honest Air Force colonel who is so shocked at government spending in its development of a troop transport vehicle that he decides to launch a personal investigation as to why it has taken the military 17 years and $14 billion to create it. When a certain Pentagon General finds out about the Colonel's inquiry, he does everything he can to stop him.
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Kelsey Grammer
as General Partridge
Cary Elwes
as Colonel Burton
Olympia Dukakis
as House Committee Chair
Viola Davis
as Fanning
John C. McGinley
as Colonel Bock
Tom Wright
as Major Sayers
Sargeant Dalton
as Clifton Powell
Richard Benjamin
as Caspar Weinberger
Clifton Powell
as Sgt. Benjamin Dalton
Dewey Weber
as Spec-4 Ganger
Richard Schiff
as General Smith
Christopher Grove
as Congressman No. 1
Sam Anderson
as Congressman No. 2
Dwayne Macopson
as USMC Guard at Subway
Dominic D. DeNiro
as Guard at Military Base
Daniel Raymont
as Unknown Officer
Randy Oglesby
as Test Range General
Billie Worley
as Test Range Lieutenant
Dann Florek
as General No. 1
Beau Billingslea
as General No. 2
Richard Riehle
as General No. 3
Roberto Álvarez
as First Soldier in Bradley
Chris Ellis
as General Keane
Charles Parks
as General Cushing
Drew Snyder
as Admiral Marchouse
Laura Skill
as Soldier Delivering Message
Kevin Scannell
as Collins
James DuMont
as Young Officer
Freez Luv
as Clean Up Soldier
Bruce French
as General De Grasso
Ralph P. Martin
as Factory Manager
Matt Champagne
as Partridge's Aide
Tim DeKay
as Jr. Officer Embassy Party
Adam Paul
as Waiter at Fancy Restaurant
Brian Carroll
as Range Officer in Tower
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Audience Reviews for The Pentagon Wars

A great made-for-HBO movie with Cary Elwes and Kelsey Grammer. A comedic story of the battle for honest work vs. Washington insider favors and back-scratching. This story was about the development of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle in particular, but could be applied to many Washington endeavors (M14 v. AR-15, for example). Would be a great watch with another made-for-HBO political comedy, The Second Civil War.


Having been in the military, I love this one since it represents a true view of what happens in that five-sided monument to stupidity in Washington...

Jim McKinney
Jim McKinney

An incredibly well acted, superbly written and handily directed farce that scores a direct hit with anyone that loves to see examples of bureaucracy in action (inaction). One only wishes that the poster more directly captured the tone so that this film could better find its audience.

Bryan Way
Bryan Way

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