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In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there's more to the matter than they've been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as "Code Red" after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the "Code Red" was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick's superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the "Code Red" for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. A Few Good Men also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway's research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1992 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nicholson Best Supporting Actor 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andrew Scheinman Best Picture 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Eber Best Sound 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Aaron Sorkin Best Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Brown Best Picture 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Cruise Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rob Reiner Best Director 1992 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Rob Reiner Best Director 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rob Reiner Best Picture 1992 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Leighton Best Editing 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rick Kline Best Sound 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1992 Nominee

Cast

Tom Cruise
as Lieutenant J.G. Daniel Kaffe
Jack Nicholson
as Col. Nathan R. Jessep
Demi Moore
as Lieutenant Commander JoAnne Galloway
Kevin Bacon
as Capt. Jack Ross
Kiefer Sutherland
as Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick
Kevin Pollak
as Lt. Sam Weinberg
James Marshall
as PFC Louden Downey
J.T. Walsh
as Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Markinson
Christopher Guest
as Dr. Stone
J.A. Preston
as Judge Randolph
Matt Craven
as Lt. Dave Sprading
Wolfgang Bodison
as Lance Corporal Harold W. Dawson
Xander Berkeley
as Captain Whitaker
Michael de Lorenzo
as Private First Class William T. Santiago
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Corporal Carl Hammaker
Joshua Malina
as Orderly
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Lieutenant Sherby
Ron Ostrow
as M. P.
Al Wexo
as Guard #2
Maud Winchester
as Aunt Ginny
Aaron Sorkin
as Man in Bar
Jane Jenkins
Janet Hirshenson
David Bowe
as Commander Gibbs
Gene Whittington
as Mr. Dawson
Jan Munroe
as Jury Forman
Frank Cavestani
as Agent #1
Oscar Jordan
as Steward
John M. Mathews
as Guard #1
Mathew Saks
as David
Cameron Thor
as Commander Lawrence
Arthur Senzy
as Robert C. McGuire
John M. Jackson
as Captain West
Harry Caesar
as Luther
Lawrence Lowe
as Bailiff
Noah Wyle
as Corporal Jeffrey Barnes

Crew

Rob Reiner
Director
Rob Reiner
Producer
David Brown
Producer
Andrew Scheinman
Producer
Darrel Brown
Producer
Aaron Sorkin
Play Author
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Nevius
Editor
Robert Leighton
Editor
J. Michael Riva
Production Designer
David F. Klassen
Art Director
Jeffrey Stott
Co-producer
Steve Nicolaides
Co-producer
Rachel Pfeffer
Executive Producer
William S. Gilmore
Executive Producer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Rick Kline
Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin O'Connell
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Eber
Sound/Sound Designer
Janet Hirshenson
Casting
Steve Nicolaides
Production Manager
Jane Jenkins
Casting
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
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