Skip to main content
A Few Good Men Movie Poster
Plot, Details & Awards

A Few Good Men

Rated R for language.

R In Theaters 10/30/1992 , 138min.
Share this movie on

Plot & Details

In this military courtroom drama based on the play by Aaron Sorkin, Navy lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is assigned to defend two Marines, Pfc. Louden Downey (James Marshall) and Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson (Wolfgang Bodison), who are accused of the murder of fellow leatherneck Pfc. William Santiago (Michael de Lorenzo) at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Kaffee generally plea bargains for his clients rather than bring them to trial, which is probably why he was assigned this potentially embarassing case, but when Lt. Commander JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) is assigned to assist Kaffee, she is convinced that there's more to the matter than they've been led to believe and convinces her colleague that the case should go to court. Under questioning, Downey and Dawson reveal that Santiago died in the midst of a hazing ritual known as "Code Red" after he threatened to inform higher authorities that Dawson opened fire on a Cuban watchtower. They also state that the "Code Red" was performed under the orders of Lt. Jonathan Kendrick (Kiefer Sutherland). Kendrick's superior, tough-as-nails Col. Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson), denies any knowledge of the order to torture Santiago, but when Lt. Col. Matthew Markinson (J.T. Walsh) confides to Kaffee that Jessup demanded the "Code Red" for violating his order of silence, Kaffee and Galloway have to find a way to prove this in court. A Few Good Men also features Kevin Bacon as prosecuting attorney Capt. Jack Ross and Kevin Pollak as Kaffee and Galloway's research assistant, Lt. Sam Weinberg.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Rick Kline Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert Eber Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Kevin O'Connell Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Rob Reiner Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Andrew Scheinman Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture David Brown Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Robert Leighton Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Rob Reiner Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Aaron Sorkin Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Tom Cruise Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jack Nicholson Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Robert Richardson Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Directors Guild of America Best Director Rob Reiner Nominated

MTV Movie Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 MTV Movie Awards Best Picture Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Jack Nicholson Won
1992 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

People's Choice Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 People's Choice Awards Best Picture Won
1992 People's Choice Awards Best Picture - Drama Won

Stay Connected with Moviefone

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Subscriptions

Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts

Movies

You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.


    Update settings
    X