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Great Santini, The (1979)

As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum (Michael O’Keefe) struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, Bull (Robert Duvall), an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine fighter pilot so skilled that he’s called “The Great Santini”.

But now it’s peacetime 1962 and Bull, more at home playing ‘top gun’ in the cockpit than father in his own living room, has become that most useless of figures: a warrior without a war.

Based on Pat Conroy’s autobiographical bestseller.

Lt. Col. ‘Bull’ Meechum
Robert Duvall
Lillian Meechum
Blythe Danner
Ben Meechum
Michael O’Keefe
Mary Anne Meechum
Lisa Jane Persky
Karen Meechum
Julie Anne Haddock
Matthew Meechum
Brian Andrews
Toomer Smalls
Stan Shaw
Arabella Smalls
Theresa Merritt
Red Petus
David Keith
Col. Virgil Hedgepath
Paul Mantee
Col. Varney
Michael Strong
Cpl. Atcherly
Bennett Liss
Coach Spinks
Joe Dorsey
Capt. Weber
David Frankham
Mrs. Weber
Jan Stratton

Lewis John Carlino