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Men of Honor Details


This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as a diver in the United States Navy. Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was born to a poor farming family in the deep South, and joined the Navy in hopes of bettering himself. When Brashear applies for diving school, he first encounters Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a gruff and tyrannical diving instructor who holds absolute sway over his charges. Sunday does little at first to encourage Brashear's ambitions, and the would-be diver discovers racism in the military is an ugly fact of life when his white comrades refuse to share barracks with him. But Brashear's courage and determination make an impression on Sunday, and the two men become allies as Brashear must fight prejudice, military bureaucracy, and even a crippling injury in order to realize his dreams. Originally announced under the title Navy Diver, Men of Honor also features Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Charlize Theron, and Powers Boothe; Bill Cosby served as an executive producer for the project. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 2000


Robert De Niro
as Master Chief Billy Sunday
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
as Carl Brashear
Charlize Theron
as Gwen
Aunjanue Ellis
as Jo
Hal Holbrook
as Mr. Pappy
David Keith
as Capt. Hartigan
Michael Rapaport
as Snowhill
Powers Boothe
as Capt. Pullman
Joshua Leonard
as Isert
David Conrad
as Hanks
Glynn Turman
as Chief Floyd
Holt McCallany
as Rourke
Lonette McKee
as Ella, Carl's Mother
Carl Lumbly
as Mac, Carl's Father
Dulé Hill
as Red Tail
Alimi Ballard
Dulé Hill
as Red Tail


George Tillman, Jr.
Bill Badalato
Robert Teitel
Scott Marshall Smith
Anthony Richmond
Mark Isham
Composer (Music Score)
Leslie Dilley
Production Designer
Lawrence Hubbs
Art Director
Bill Cosby
Executive Producer
Stanley Robertson
Executive Producer
Daniel Maltese
Set Designer
Scott Herbertson
Set Designer
Mick Cukurs
Set Designer
Jim Wallis
Set Designer
Kate J. Sullivan
Set Decorator
Salvador Perez
Costume Designer
David Obermeyer
Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno Van Zeebroeck
Special Effects Coordinator
Pete Romano
Underwater Photography