Reviewed by Cherie Jung
THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER
Starring: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, Leslie Stefanson, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, James Woods, Boyd Kestner, and Daniel Von Bargen.
Directed by: Simon West
Screenplay by: Chris Bertolini and William Goldman
Based on the book by Nelson Demille.
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I haven't read the book, but I have talked about it with friends and I've read several reviews of it. I had a pretty good idea, going into the movie of what was going on and what had gone on prior to the starting point. I'm not particularly a John Travolta fan, and from what I'd heard about the book, he didn't strike me as being suitable for portraying warrant officer Paul Brenner. But putting my misgivings aside, I trekked to the movie anticipating an edgy thriller with a military setting.
The General in the title is General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. He may be nominated as the next vice-president. He's a national hero. His daughter, an officer at Fort MacCallum, has been called "a poster girl for the military." She is found dead -- staked out, on one of the base's training areas. Two investigators from the Army's Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.) are assigned to the case. Everyone is a suspect. And it seems that everyone is lying. It also seems that the dead woman has secrets, too.
The C.I.D. investigators are determined to uncover the truth, at all costs.
If sexual violence and rape scenes make you squeamish, then be forewarned. This film also contains some nudity and a bit of coarse language. But if you can get past that, the movie will hold your attention, certainly, and possibly cause you to ponder "the code of honor" long after you've left the movie theater.
I enjoyed this movie so much that I went to see it again the next day. I stopped on my way home from the theater to pick up a copy of the book. I highly recommend both, the movie and the book.
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