Men Of Honor (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB. 

USA, 2000.  , State Street Pictures.  Screenplay .  Cinematography by . Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Exceptionally well-made movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Navy diver. gives a sturdy and unsentimental performance as the man who overcame personal and political obstacles, withstood the tests of many individuals who preferred to shut him out because of his race and endured many setbacks along the way to achieving his dream. The film focuses mainly on the rough relationship between Brashear and the tough-as-nails Master Chief Billy Sunday () who does everything he can to stand in the young upstart’s way. The film’s greatest asset is sturdy direction by George Tillman, Jr., who keeps the pace clipping away to the march of a drum and the good screenplay afloat. Normally a film like this would insult its audience by presenting a much nicer America for blacks than actually existed at the time (even Remember The Titans softened things a bit too much), but Tillman never flinches from showing a harsh truth: no matter how good Carl is, his teammates never stop halfway through his training to tell him that they’ve learned their lesson and then break out into mouthing Marvin Gaye songs with him. is absolutely brilliant in her small role as Sunday’s wife, an unhappy soul with a beautiful face and a broken heart. Great entertainment.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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