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MEN OF HONOR
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr, Charlize Theron, Aunjanue Ellis, Hal Holbrook, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe, David Keith, Holt McCallany, Joshua Leonard, Dennis Troutman, Joshua Feinman, Theo Nicholas Pagones, Ryan Honey, David Conrad, Glynn Turman, Lonette McKee, Carl Lumbly, Eric Newsome, Shawn Michael Howard, Robert Blanche, Scott Kraft, Troy Lund
Director: George Tillman Jr
USA & UK: 128 mins
USA Rated: R for language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong and coarse language
USA Release Date: 10 November 2000
UK Release Date: 30 March 2001
Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr) lets nothing stand in the way of his dreams. The son of a Kentucky sharecropper, Carl leaves home for what he expects would be a better life. "Never quit ... be the best," his father had told him, and Carl takes those words to heart.
After he joins the newly-integrated Navy, Carl spends two years writing a hundred letters before the service accepts his application for its Dive School program. Carl's training officer, Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) is a celebrated Master Chief Navy Diver whose exploits as a troublemaker are as legendary as his accomplishments as a diver. He relentlessly taunts and challenges Carl, expecting him to falter and quit. But Carl has other ambitions and ideas because nothing will stand in the way of his dream of becoming a Navy Diver, not even Billy Sunday!
Years later, after Carl suffers a crippling injury, he and Sunday unexpectedly join forces. Never one to turn down an opportunity to flout the system, the rebellious senior officer helps Carl buck Navy bureaucracy, overcome the loss of a leg, and go on to make military history. By the time he retires, Carl earns the esteemed titles of Master Diver and Master Chief, the Navy's highest rank for an enlisted man.
DVD Special features:
12 deleted scenes including an introduction and commentary from the director and an alternate ending
Audio commentary by Cuba Gooding Jnr, George Tillman (director), Scott Marshall Smith (writer) and Robert Teitel (producer)
'Making of Men of Honour' Featurette
Mini Documentary 'A Tribute to Carl Brashear'
Animatics with director's commentary
2x TV Spots
VHS Special features:
'Making of Men of Honour' Featurette (28 mins),
Mini documentary 'A tribute to Carl Brashear'
12 deleted scenes including an introduction from the director and an alternate ending