Plot – Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders – A Few Good Men.
Director – Rob Reiner
Released – 1992
A Few Good Men is one of those rare courtroom based movies that no matter how many viewings, it never gets boring and unlike most of the other courtroom dramas of the late ’80s/early ’90s, it focuses almost entirely on the trial without introducing relationship subplots, with the forced sexual tension between the counsel, an overly cocky prosecutor in need of taking down a peg or rising tension outside of the courtroom that threatens the life of the lawyers and defendants or any other cliches added to the plot to add out the runtime.
Something seems to happen when you put Cruise in a uniform that brings out the best of his abilities and here is no different. He’s perfectly cast as the brash young naval lawyer, Daniel Kaffee. A role that feels as though it had been written especially for the young star. With the same to be said for Moore, Sutherland and Nicholson, each of which produced terrific performances, while Bacon is once again solid with the material they give him as ruthless but impartial prosecutor. All in all, A Few Good Men is a fantastically written, filmed and acted movie, full of unexpected twists and plenty of intrigue.