A Few Good Men (1992)

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Rob Reiner directs Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore in this top end military courtroom drama from an early screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

The glorious full stop to Reiner’s unmatched 7 movie uninterrupted ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ golden run as a director; one of the very finest courtroom dramas. His gift for combining accessible and warm, starry Americana with hard edged themes continues here with his helming of Sorkin’s verbally showy debut. All the hyper knowledgable walking and talking repartee and elegant character work you’d expect from Mr West Wing is boldly here. A Few Good Men boasts one of those fantasy cast lists that you find yourself seeing uncredited headliners in one scenes roles but it all really boils down to two brilliant performances in the end. Cruiser delivers his last boyish turn here, his journey subtly lampooning the star persona his mega success was built around. After a decade of playing “the best at what he does” here it is actually his cockiness, need to win and easily acquired talent that is used as a trap against him. He has been specifically chosen to represent this case because he is a Maverick and a Top Gun, someone used to making the easy deal rather than risking his rep to fight a losing case. Such a “winner” as that gets the antagonists closer to getting away with murder and corruption rather than giving him the edge. And antagonists don’t come any more snarlingly seductive as Jack’s Colonel Nathan R. Jessup, a true movie monster. A fanatic who swings between speaking in long winded sarcastic wind-ups or barking aggressive sound bites. A terrifying man essayed in four perfect scenes with all of Jack’s unique confidence. “There is nothing on this earth sexier, believe me, gentlemen, than a woman you have to salute in the morning. Promote ’em all, I say, ’cause this is true: if you haven’t gotten a blowjob from a superior officer, well, you’re just letting the best in life pass you by.”

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