Year Of Release: 1992
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, Wolfgang Bodison, James Marshall
Duration: 138 minutes
In A Nutshell:
Two Marines, Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (played by Wolfgang Bodison) and Pfc. Lowden Downey (played by James Marshall) are accused of the murder of a fellow Marine. Navy Lawyer, Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) is appointed to defend them. Kaffee is assited by Lt. Sam Weinberg (played by Kevin Pollak) and an Internal Affairs officer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Gallaway (played by Demi Moore). JoAnne is convinced that Dawson and Downey had acted under a "Code Red" order. This in turn results in their commanding officers, Colonel Nathan Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) and Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (played by Kiefer Sutherland) brought into the picture. The prosecutor for the case is Kaffee's friend Capt. Jack Ross (played by Kevin Bacon).
+ Some of the best dialogues and verbal sparring in cinematic history
+ Majestic performances from Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise which is backed by solid exploits from the supporting cast: Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon
+ Engaging characters on display
+ Riveting story which brings up some pretty interesting questions for debate
- The musical score could have been better <--- nitpicking at its grandest. I just needed an excuse for this section
The Verdict Is In:
Recently I have been completely obsessed with the legal show on TV, Suits [2011 - ] which has just completed its second season. One of the many aspects from that show that has me hooked is its characters constantly quoting and referencing various movies. One episode had two characters bonding (and feeling attraction) with each other after a few quote exchanges from this very movie that is being reviewed, A Few Good Men.
But that's exactly what this movie's strong point is... it's a quote-lover's heaven. Long before Aaron Sorkin wowed audiences with his verbal prowess in The Social Network  or TV show, The West Wing [1999-2006], he wrote this powerful courtroom drama. To the regular readers here... yes the tiny handful of you, let's face it, this seems like a perfect match. Because, one, movie lovers like us just adore quotes, and two, as bloggers, we have an affinity with words.
The performances are genuinely amazing while the story compelling. It gets better after repeat viewings as we can see exactly how Tom Cruise's character provokes Jack Nicholson to explode. Yes, the Cruiser. No matter what controversy happens in his private life, I still regard him as one of the better actors when on screen. This performance is just one other evidence.
Rob Reiner has directed a lot of movies that I enjoyed like Stand By Me , When Harry Met Sally , Misery  and The Princess Bride . Heck, I've even adored his recent feature, Flipped . But assisted immensely by Sorkin's screenplay and strong performance from the cast, A Few Good Men is Reiner's true masterpiece! Now, have I made myself clear? .....Crystal!
9 out of 10