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The General's Daughter Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Woods, Timothy Hutton, James Cromwell

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Captain Elisabeth Campbell, a respected Psych-Ops officer, is found naked, dead, and staked to the ground on the urban warfare practice range of Fort MacCallum, Georgia. She happens to be the daughter of Lieutenant General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Campbell (Cromwell). Two Army CID detectives and ex-lovers, Warrant Officers Paul Brenner (Travolta) and Sara Sunhill (Stowe), are assigned to investigate and plunge into a mess of secrets, divided loyalties, and coverups. Things get more confusing when an autopsy reveals the victim was NOT sexually assaulted. Some mighty fine actors and crackling dialogue (William Goldman shared uncredited writing work) are wasted in this smarmy and slick potboiler that dwells a little too eagerly on rape, bondage, and violence. Woods is especially compelling as a mentor and colleague of the victim who is fingered as a suspect. Christopher Bertolini based his script on a novel by Nelson DeMille, and director Simon West (Con Air, Tomb Raider) plans a movie based on the classic TV series "The Prisoner" as his next project, unfortunately.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murders of set profession?    -   soldiers Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of story:    -   incest    -   rape

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing full frontal--women Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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