Men of Honor (Blu-ray)

Directed By: George Tillman Starring: Robert De Niro Cuba Gooding

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Men of honor is all you need to know

on 5/31/2012

This movie is a masterpeice. It's very powerful, and realistic. This movie shows how segragetion made ones man's life a living hell when he tried to join the Navy. Robert Deniro is wonderful. He portrays his character of Master Chief Billy Sunday perfectly, and Cuba Gooding Jr. does an equally amazing job of playing the only colored sailor trying to become a diver.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203388007
UPC 024543414322
UPC 14 00024543414322
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
African Americans
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note An heroic life gets a suitably dramatic retelling in George Tillman, Jr.'s docudrama MEN OF HONOR, based on the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African American to become a United States Navy master diver. The film employs the conventional yet pleasurable against-all-odds narrative. Carl Brashear (played with noble grace by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is the son of a degraded Southern sharecropper. Determined to succeed in the vocation he believes he was born for, Brashear enlists in the navy. Once there, however, the determined young man finds his dream inaccessible--thwarted by the forces of institutional and personal racism. When, after a long and difficult struggle, he is finally allowed into diving school, he finds himself under the authority of Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a former master diver whose injured lung has left him permanently above water. Sunday becomes simultaneously Brashear's most vicious adversary and most loyal supporter, motivating him to succeed. The story that follows is a highly emotional wave of ups and downs: Brashear overcomes one barrier only to be met by the next, even larger one. MEN OF HONOR is at times heartbreaking and painful to watch, but the triumphant ending makes for a deeply satisfying payoff.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "If [the navy divers]'s lucky, he dies young two hundred feet beneath the waves. Because that's the closest he will ever get to becoming a hero."--Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) to diving trainees
Quote "Some things just don't mix, do they?"--Mister Pappy (Hal Holbrook) to Billy Sunday
Quote "Why do you want this so badly?"--Jo (Aunjanue Ellis)|"Because they said I couldn't have it."--Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.)
Quote "Since when does deserving mean anything?"--Billy Sunday to Carl Brashear
USA Today "...Cuba Gooding Jr. [gets to] flex both physical and acting muscles for once....De Niro cagily crafts Sunday, a composite character, into a memorable and complex creation..." 11/10/2000 p.8E
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Gooding conveys fierce dignity and simmering power..." 12/01/2000 p.39
Box Office "...Gooding's solid performance is one of the most powerful aspects of MEN OF HONOR....[He] creates a credible depiction of Brashear's phenomenal strength of character..." 11/01/2000 p.161
Total Film "...Gooding Jr. is effortlessly appealing as Brashear and you'll root for him to succeed....Very noble..." 04/01/2001 p.95
Los Angeles Times "...Gooding and De Niro have the talent to pull it off, and the film emerges as a dynamic entertainment with the punch of an especially spectacular sports event..." 11/10/2000 p.C2
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Cuba Gooding Jr.] delivers a strong, convincing performance....The movie sells itself..." 11/10/2000 p.33
George Tillman
Robert De Niro
Cuba Gooding
Cast & Crew
Anthony B. Richmond - Cinematographer
Aunjanue Ellis - Actor
Bill Cosby - Executive Producer
Carl Lumbly - Actor
Charlize Theron - Actor
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Actor
Dirk Westervelt - Editor
George Tillman, Jr. - Director
Hal Holbrook - Actor
John Carter - Editor
Mark Isham - Original Music By
Michael Rapaport - Actor
Powers Boothe - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Robert Teitel - Producer
Scott Marshall Smith - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 2241432
UPC 00024543414322
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (2002) Grammy, Mark Isham, Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media,Grammy, Brandon Barnes, Brian McKnight, Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Nominee (2001) Image Award, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Men of Honor, Outstanding Motion Picture,Image Award, Aunjanue Ellis, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Men Of Honor tackles military racism during the '50s and '60s in a straightforward manner. Some scenes are probably overplayed, but the technique is effective at underlining the kind of opposition encountered... the acting by Gooding Jr. and DeNiro is of a high enough caliber...
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Carl Brashear was quite a guy. A black sharecropper's son without a high school education, he signed up for the Navy right after World War II. Harry Truman had integrated the services, but the Navy was slow to change, and blacks were guided toward two job choices: They could become cooks or officers' valets. Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) wanted to be a diver. "Men of Honor" tells the story of how he became one despite everything, and then how he insisted on returning to active duty after losing a part of a lower leg in an onboard accident...Cuba Gooding Jr. is the kind of actor who bubbles even when he's idling. That kind of energy wouldn't be appropriate here, and he dials down and delivers a strong, convincing performance.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, French, Spanish, Dubbed, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Inspirational biographical movie that really works.
New York Post Riveting! A must see movie.
USA Today A film that will knock your socks off!

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