Men of Honor

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

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Tells the courageous tale of an african-american who dared to dream of becoming a U.S. Navy master diver.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40165892
UPC 024543037767
UPC 14 00024543037767
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
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
Charlize Theron - Actor
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Actor
Hal Holbrook - Actor
Robert De Niro - Actor
George Tillman, Jr. - Director
Anthony B. Richmond - Director of Photography
Mark Isham - Musical Score
Robert Teitel, et al. - Producer
Scott Marshall Smith - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 2003776
UPC 00024543037767
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 128 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's 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...
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
New York Post Riveting! A must see movie.
USA Today A film that will knock your socks off!
Ebert and Roeper and the Movies Two thumbs up!

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