Honor

"A Few Good Men", directed by Rob Reiner, is a relatively old movie ('92) starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. "Cruise stars as a brash Navy lawyer who's teamed with a gung-ho litigator (Moore) in a politically explosive murder case. Charged with defending two Marines accused of killing a fellow soldier, they are confronted with complex issues of loyalty and honor--including its most sacred code and its most formidable warrior (Nicholson)." This movie is excellent. It is 'R' for language, but, unlike more current movies, that is the only aspect of the movie warranting that rating; indeed, there are fewer sexual references (I remember two?) in this movie than in most 'PG' movies anymore - Cruise's and Moore's characters don't even kiss. Nor is there on-screen violence, apart from a shadowy scene depicting two soldiers tying up a third - the scene ends before anything else is shown, though later on in the movie bloody sheets are shown - as well as a few instances of yelling. Several characters are shown smoking, and some, drinking. This movie is an intense drama that considers the "dangerous difference between following orders and following one's conscience", and, despite its rating, it does not leave viewers with guilty consciences regarding its content, but instead with the hope that there remain "A Few Good Men" in this world who uphold honor.

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