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Men of Honor


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 

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Overview

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.

Cast List

George Tillman Jr.
Leslie Dilley - Production Designer, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Les Dilley - Production Designer, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Bill Badalato
Charlize Theron - American actress, MONSTER
Michael Rapaport - Actor
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
David Keith - American Actor
Robert Teitel - Producer
Bob Teitel - Producer
Powers Boothe - American Actor
Hal Holbrook - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr. - American actor, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT/ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
Anthony Richmond - Director of Photography, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Tony Richmond - Director of Photography, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Anthony B. Richmond - Director of Photography, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
John Carter - Editor, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Mark Isham - Composer, WATERWORLD (1995)
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Oscar-winning American Actor, JERRY MAGUIRE
Scott Marshall Smith - screenwriter, MEN OF HONOR
Salvador Perez Jr. - Costume Designer, MEN OF HONOR (2000)
Salvador Perez - Costume Designer, MEN OF HONOR (2000)

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543414322
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (For language.)

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Movies > Dramas

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Theatrical Release
African Americans

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: November 10, 2000. MEN OF HONOR was shot in Washington and Oregon. A naval base set was built from scratch on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Estimated budget: $32 million. Cuba Gooding Jr., producer Robert Teitel, director George Tillman Jr., and the actors playing the diving trainees all dove once at a navy facility so that they could get a real sense of the task's danger and difficulty. The MEN OF HONOR script was sent to the U.S. Department of Defense in the preproduction stage in order to ensure the navy's cooperation. Though the script was based on Carl Brashear's true story, the character played by Robert De Niro--Billy Sunday--was invented by the screenwriter. Carl Brashear advised the special effects crew throughout filming. MEN OF HONOR was originally titled NAVY DIVER but was changed in July 2000.

Reviews:
"...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 USA Today, p.8E


"...Gooding conveys fierce dignity and simmering power..." - 12/01/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.39


"...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 Box Office, p.161


"...Gooding Jr. is effortlessly appealing as Brashear and you'll root for him to succeed....Very noble..." - 04/01/2001 Total Film, p.95


"...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 Los Angeles Times, p.C2


"...[Cuba Gooding Jr.] delivers a strong, convincing performance....The movie sells itself..." - 11/10/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33

 
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