Dawson and Downey are put on trial for the death of a member of their squad, Santiago, who died as a result of a medical condition unknown to them that was speeded up by a rag stuffed in his throat. The commander of the base, Colonel Jessup, ordered Dawson and Downey to carry out the Code Red after specifically ordering the whole platoon to leave Santiago alone. Because of loyalty to their positions, Dawson and Downey carry out the Code Red with no questions asked. When Santiago dies, Colonel Jessup covers his back, and tries to let the marines solely take responsibility for the death, but the laywer, Kaffee, of the men accused, goads Jessup into admitting on the stand that he did order the Code Red. Dawson and Downey are cleared of the charges, but are given a dishonorable discharge from the marines, and Jessup is arrested. Sorry for revealing the ending if you can't handle the truth.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jennifer Lynn Currier
When two Marines are accused of killing a fellow soldier at Guantanamo base on Cuba, rookie Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee (Cruise) and Lt. Com. JoAnne Galloway (Moore) are assigned to defend them at the court martial back in Washington. Kaffee, a lazy hotshot, is inclined to plea out the case, but Galloway pushes him and co-counsel Lt. Sam Weinberg (Pollak) to dig deeper. This means questioning an array of officers played by Bacon, Sutherland, Walsh, Christopher Guest, and eventually the intimidating base commander, Colonel Nathan Jessep (Nicholson). The climactic confrontation between Kaffee and Jessup in the courtroom is justly celebrated. Long before he created "The West Wing" and "Sports Night," Aaron Sorkin wrote the play, then the screenplay, on which this somewhat slick and pat but still excellent and very moving 1992 film was based, under the direction of Rob Reiner.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Tom Cruise is a rookie military lawyer, with Demi Moore as a Internal Affairs officer. A case comes to them, where two marines killed another, but they say the were ORDERED to do so.
Military corruption plays a role in this courtroom drama directed by Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally/Ghosts of Mississippi) and also stars JACK NICHOLSON as the leader of the Marines down in Cuba....all in all this is an emotionally charged drama!
The review of this Movie prepared by Greg Howell