SAW THIS MOVIE FOR THE 6th Time in total and second time in hindi this afternoon on U-tv Binbass Movies... The best performance of Tom cruise that according to me...!! though I havent seen BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY which too as many say was his par excellence work! jack nicholson, one of my fav ever was as fabulous as always!! and the climax sequense is a masterpiece in itself! a hindi movie called shaurya was its adaptation but I have not seen that yet, though I am sure it would not be even 10% as good as the original
PLOT was as follows....
Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise), son of the late Lionel Kaffee (who held the positions of Attorney General and Navy Judge Advocate General), is an inexperienced U.S. Navy lawyer who leads the defense in the court-martial of two Marines, PFC Louden Downey (James Marshall) and LCpl Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of murdering a fellow Marine of their unit, PFC William T. Santiago (Michael DeLorenzo), at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
When Dawson and Downey are later arrested for Santiago's murder, Naval investigator LCDR JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) suspects that they, who were top-class Marines compared to Santiago, were carrying out a "code red" (a euphemism for a hazing procedure by which a Marine who fails to keep up to standard is "trained" by other members of his unit until he is up to it).
Kaffee's plea-bargaining methods would have prevented the case from ever going to court and causing embarrassment to the Marine Corps and potentially mar Col Jessup's chances of advancement, since he is being considered for the position of Director of Operations for the National Security Council. Kaffee has never even been to court (except as a defendant when his driving license was suspended) and thus can devote himself to his passion of softball. He also lives in the shadow of his late father Lionel who is considered one of the greatest trial lawyers of his time.
MASTERPIECE IN ITSELF - THE FINAL COURT SCENE -
In court, Kaffee questions Jessup and produces circumstantial evidence that does suggest that there was never any intention of transferring Santiago off the base. When this proves to be insufficient, Kaffee confronts Jessup regarding the incompatibility of his ordering Santiago's transfer (ostensibly for his safety from hazing) with his assertion that he ordered that Santiago was not to be touched and that his orders were always followed. When Kaffee asks Jessup point-blank, "Did you order the Code Red?" the judge announces that he is in contempt of court. However, Jessup cannot resist the challenge. Kaffee exclaims "I want the truth!" and Jessup declares emphatically, "You can't handle the truth!".
Because he defends his country, Jessup does not see why Kaffee, who has never seen action, should question his methods: "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said 'Thank you' and went on your way." Santiago's death "while tragic, probably saved lives." Pressed by Kaffee, "Did you order the Code Red?", and furious that he has to hide what he views to be necessary conduct, Jessup bellows "You're goddamn right I did!"
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards:
A MUST WATCH AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MOVIE in case u havent watched it yet....
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