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The General's Daughter (1999)

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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Director:

Simon West

Writers:

Nelson DeMille (novel), Christopher Bertolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Paul Brenner
Madeleine Stowe ... Sara Sunhill
James Cromwell ... General Campbell
Timothy Hutton ... Colonel Kent
Leslie Stefanson ... Elisabeth Campbell
Daniel von Bargen ... Chief Yardley
Clarence Williams III ... Colonel Fowler
James Woods ... Colonel Moore
Peter Weireter Peter Weireter ... Belling
Mark Boone Junior ... Elkins
John Beasley ... Colonel Slesinger
Boyd Kestner ... Captain Elby
Brad Beyer ... Bransford
John Benjamin Hickey ... Captain Goodson
Rick Dial Rick Dial ... Cal Seivers
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Storyline

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Go behind the lies. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija del general See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,332,053, 20 June 1999

Gross USA:

$102,705,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,705,852
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Towards the end of the film soldiers are shown practicing maneuver, with the soundtrack being a contemporary cover of the song Rock Island Line. This was a popular song among chain gangs and is linked to the concept of doing "hard time," which, in some ways, bears a resemblance to the duties of enlisted personnel. See more »

Goofs

In the segment of the training video shown near the end, it is stated that the human eye can, "perceive 16 shades of gray." This is utter nonsense. We can perceive thousands. If the statement were true, a white-to-black gradient would look to us like it has sixteen stripes of gray instead of a smooth transition. Early second-generation gray-scale monitors would be able to display sixteen shades of gray, but this was the limitation of early graphics cards and had nothing to do with human perception. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
MP Guard: I.D., please. First Sergeant White, please proceed.
Brenner: [in a southern accent] I believe I will. Thank you kindly.
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As the end credits roll scenes from the alternate version are shown. See more »


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Early in the Mornin'
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Overly Talky, But Well Made
12 June 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Overly talkative and overly complex, "The General's Daughter" just doesn't know when to quit. Still, there's no denying it is a well-made, well-acted effort from director Simon West (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). John Travolta stars as Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, determined to get to the bottom of the murder of a respected base commander's daughter. Of course very little is as it initially seems as Brenner peels back one layer of lies after another -- some surprising, others less so. The final truth is so bizarre and disturbing that even the most experienced viewers won't guess it. More focus and a shorter running time would have helped this one.


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