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A Few Good Men is about a military lawyer trying to reveal the truth of what really happened the night a Marine was killed.


  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore
  • Rated: R for language
  • Released: 1992
  • Genre: Drama, Military, Suspense
  • My Opinion: Intense and Intelligent


Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee is called onto a team to defend two Marines who have been accused of murdering a colleague. They insist they were only following orders, and the death was an accident. As Kaffee digs to uncover the truth about what really happened, he realizes he must ultimately confront The Colonel (Nicholson) in a courtroom showdown that has become legend as one of the most intense courtroom moments in movie history.


This one should have been called “A Few Good Looking Men!” All those men running around in uniform, whew! A Few Good Men is an intelligent and involved film that is well worth the 2 ½ hours it takes to watch. Although it didn’t win any awards, A Few Good Men was nominated for 4 Oscars and 5 Golden Globes.

Above I mentioned that the courtroom showdown between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson has become legend in movie history. Does that sound too dramatic? Nicholson’s reading of the lineYou can’t handle the truth!” was voted the twenty-ninth greatest American movie quote of all time. It has become a line as classic as Marilyn Monroe’s flying white skirt. This is the reason I watch movies. One line or one image can carry an impact on society. It becomes classic, cult, stereotype. Generations later, kids who don’t even know the origin, still use that saying or know that image. I think that power is fascinating.



If you liked A Few Good Men you might also like A Time To Kill, another intense courtroom drama starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock and Samuel Jackson.