A Few Good Men (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

USA, 1992.  , .  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Rob Reiner, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Riveting courtroom dramas are a dime a dozen, but this shining example of quality filmmaking adds star power and Rob Reiner’s tightscrew direction and it’s a real winner.   Tom Cruise and  star as two dangerously inexperienced marine lawyers working on a case involving the murder of a private by his fellow soldiers. Cruise isn’t satisfied with the bad-boys-got-rough explanation, smelling a conspiracy that goes right up to the top with high-ranking military man Jack Nicholson (who veritably steals the whole show).   and also star, but it’s Cruise’s gunfire energy that really keeps it all moving. Most impressively, he and Moore don’t share any romance on screen and the film grossed hundreds of millions of dollars anyway (talk about star power).

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson); Best Film Editing; Best Sound

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Drama; Best Actor-Drama (Tom Cruise); Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson); Best Director (Rob Reiner); Best Screenplay

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