Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Few Good Men

The clip above is from the climactic scene in Rob Reiner’s A Few Good Men. The entire movie centers around the case of two Marines who killed a fellow Marine by accident while they were disciplining him in a manner called a Code Red, essentially an unofficial disciplinary practice. The defense, played by Tom Cruise (Lead Counsel), Demi Moore and Kevin Pollak, argues that they were ordered to give the Code Red, and that they hadn’t taken the matter into their own hands. The clip is a battle of words between two great actors, Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson (playing Colonel Jessup, the head of the base where the two Marines were stationed), in which Tom Cruise is able to get Jessup to admit that he is the one who ordered the Code Red, and thus putting the blame of the accidental death on him. The clip is a great summation of the themes of the movie, is extraordinarily acted, and I would be remiss not to mention the incredible writing done by Aaron Sorkin in his very first screenplay (based off of his play by the same name). It is a movie well worth watching, and I think this clip really highlights that point.

Here is the link to the IMBD page on the film:

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