A Few Good Men (1992)

Tom Cruise is a brilliant but lazy Navy lawyer assigned to defend two young Marines accused of murdering a member of their own platoon on a military base in Cuba.

Only a year out of law school, Cruise is cocky, arrogant, and so afraid of being compared with his father - who was himself a great military lawyer - that he's never even seen the inside of a courtroom. He's a fast-talking, ambulance-chasing smartass whose major talent is making fast deals and plea bargains.

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Demi Moore, as a fellow lawyer who got passed over in the case because she's a woman, is not as skilful but she's got passion.

It's her unshakable faith in the defendants' right to a fair trial that pushes Cruise to delve deeper into the case, and in the course of their investigation, they uncover some shocking evidence that damns the commanding colonel himself, a vicious, dangerous psycho who defends his men no matter what they do.

fewgoodmen_008Jack Nicholson's quiet, insolent, corrosive rage, controlled behind a smiling mask of contempt, is one of the film's most harrowing elements.

Despite all of the military jargon about "code reds" and ethics under orders, this is cracking good stuff about people who grow up when they learn how to fight overwhelming odds because they believe in something.

It is challenging and suspenseful, its issues timeless and universal.

It's also nice to see Demi Moore with some clothes on for a change.

fewgoodmen_004Lt Daniel Kaffee
Tom Cruise
Col Nathan R Jessep
Jack Nicholson
Lt Cmdr JoAnne Galloway
Demi Moore
Capt Jack Ross
Kevin Bacon
Lt Jonathan Kendrick
Kiefer Sutherland
Lt Sam Weinberg
Kevin Pollak
PFC Louden Downey
James Marshall
Lt Col Matthew Markinson
J T Walsh
Dr Stone
Christopher Guest
Judge Randolph
J A Preston
Lt Dave Spradling
Matt Craven
Lance Corporal Harold W Dawson
Wolfgang Bodison
Corporal Jeffrey Barnes
Noah Wyle
Corporal Carl Hammaker
Cuba Gooding Jr
Capt Whitaker
Xander Berkeley

Director
Rob Reiner