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Men of Honor (2000)

Director: George Tillman     Starring: Robert De Niro Cuba Gooding
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40680478
UPC: 024543037774
UPC 14: 00024543037774
Category Keywords: African Americans  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Sensormatic, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/13/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 143 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2000
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2003777
Video UPC UPC: 00024543037774
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlize Theron
Video Cast Info Michael Rapaport
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro
Video Cast Info David Keith
Video Cast Info Powers Boothe
Video Cast Info Hal Holbrook
Video Cast Info Cuba Gooding Jr.
Video Cast Info Scott Marshall Smith - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Salvador Perez Jr. - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Leslie Dilley - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bill Badalato - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Richmond - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info John Carter - Editor
Video Cast Info Mark Isham - Composer
Video Cast Info Robert Teitel - Producer
Video Cast Info George Tillman Jr. - Director

Memorable Quotes

"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

"Some things just don't mix, do they?"----Mister Pappy (Hal Holbrook) to Billy Sunday

"Why do you want this so badly?"----Jo (Aunjanue Ellis)|"Because they said I couldn't have it."----Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.)

"Since when does deserving mean anything?"----Billy Sunday to Carl Brashear

Professional Reviews

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

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