History Film / AFewGoodMen

9th Feb '16 3:18:31 PM brianify
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** Really, the entire movie, at least to people who have actually served in the military (especially the Marines). Uniforms are sloppily maintained, Marines in the movie often keep their hands in their pockets (a major no-no in the real Marine Corps), and nobody maintains bearing or decorum anywhere.
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** Really, the entire movie, at least to people who have actually served in the military (especially the Marines). Uniforms are sloppily maintained, Marines in the movie often keep their hands in their pockets (a major no-no in the real Marine Corps), and nobody maintains bearing or decorum anywhere. Not to mention, as a ''naval'' base, the base commander of Guantanamo is always a navy officer; the Marine company on Guantanamo is primarily for base security and ceremonial duties.

* PoorCommunicationKills: Dawson and Downey's tendancy to only give information when specifically asked leads to them to leave a very vital piece of information out of their story to their lawyers. It severely damages their case and nearly costs them their freedom.
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* PoorCommunicationKills: Dawson and Downey's tendancy tendency to only give information when specifically asked leads to them to leave a very vital piece of information out of their story to their lawyers. It severely damages their case and nearly costs them their freedom.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: Dawson SmallNameBigEgo: Colonel Jessup, relatively speaking. Jessup is the base commander at Guantanamo Bay, a fairly important posting (note that the movie predates the WarOnTerror) which at least de facto borders enemy territory, and Downey's tendancy to only give information when specifically asked leads to them to leave has a very vital piece large contingent of information out of their story to their lawyers. It severely damages their case and Marines under his command. However, this isn't nearly costs them their freedom.enough for a man of Jessup's inflated sense of importance: he constantly plays up how he's supposedly "on the wall" defending civilization from such terrifying enemies as [[SarcasmMode the Cubans]] and how he, a mere colonel, understands how to defend the nation (in peacetime!) better than anyone alive.
4th Feb '16 3:31:09 PM sparkles38
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* PleaBargain: [[DefiedTrope Dawson refuses to take one.]] --> "We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code, and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. But I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I WILL NOT DISHONOR MYSELF, MY UNIT, OR THE CORPS SO I CAN GO HOME IN SIX MONTHS! [beat] Sir.

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* PleaBargain: [[DefiedTrope Dawson refuses to take one.]] --> "We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code, and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. But I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I WILL NOT DISHONOR MYSELF, MY UNIT, OR THE CORPS SO I CAN GO HOME IN SIX MONTHS! [beat] Sir.
4th Feb '16 3:28:40 PM sparkles38
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* DontCallMeSir: Kaffee says this to Downey.

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* NoodleIncident: The Curtis Bell incident is mentioned several times throughout the film but never explained. -->'''Kendrick''': That won't be necessary, Colonel, I'll handle the situation. -->'''Markinson''': The same way you handled the Curtis Bell incident?
26th Dec '15 7:51:54 AM bassmedic87
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** Combined with HollywoodLaw, as there is no charge in the UCMJ of "conduct unbecoming a Marine." There is "conduct unbecoming an officer," but Dawson and Downey are enlisted personnel.
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** Combined with HollywoodLaw, as there is no charge in the UCMJ of "conduct unbecoming a Marine." There is "conduct unbecoming an officer," but Dawson and Downey are enlisted personnel. The closest charges that would apply to them would be Article 93, "cruelty and maltreatment," or Article 134, "general article," which covers charges that are otherwise not codified in their own Articles.
17th Dec '15 3:31:15 PM Gitman
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* MoodWhiplash: After Jack tells Kaffee he was bullied into the courtroom by the memory of his dead father, Kaffee responds by shouting the mildly hilarious, "YOU'RE A LOUSY FUCKING SOFTBALL PLAYER, JACK!" Then it turns sad when Jack ignores him and replies with apparently genuine regret, "Your boys are going down, Danny. I can't stop it any more."
13th Dec '15 4:09:56 PM bartraeke
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-->'''Kaffee: "Why does a Lieutenant Junior Grade with nine months' experience and a track record for plea bargaining get assigned to a murder case? Would it be so it never sees the inside of a courtroom?"
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-->'''Kaffee: -->'''Kaffee''': "Why does a Lieutenant Junior Grade with nine months' experience and a track record for plea bargaining get assigned to a murder case? Would it be so it never sees the inside of a courtroom?"
13th Dec '15 4:09:14 PM bartraeke
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** BunnyEarsLawyer: Kaffee, while legitimately undisciplined and a little lazy for a military man, is incredibly able to pick up on the smallest irregularities throughout the film to indicate something is off about the whole case, eventually uncovering the whole plot.
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** * BunnyEarsLawyer: Kaffee, while legitimately undisciplined and a little lazy for a military man, is incredibly able to pick up on the smallest irregularities throughout the film to indicate something is off about the whole case, eventually uncovering the whole plot.plot. ** Including the fact the case was assigned to him. -->'''Kaffee: "Why does a Lieutenant Junior Grade with nine months' experience and a track record for plea bargaining get assigned to a murder case? Would it be so it never sees the inside of a courtroom?"
5th Dec '15 6:26:57 AM AllenbysEyes
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* InterserviceRivalry: The good guys are all Navy while the villains are Marines. The good guys see the Marines as KnightTemplar fanatics who will endanger their own men's lives for the sake of reputation while the villains see their Navy counterpoints as weak and have no concept of what it truly takes to keep the country safe.
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* InterserviceRivalry: The good guys are all Navy while the villains are Marines. The good guys see the Marines as KnightTemplar fanatics who will endanger their own men's lives for the sake of reputation while the villains see their Navy counterpoints as weak and have no concept of what it truly takes to keep the country safe. Somewhat qualified by Ross, who's friends with Kaffee and is at worst a PunchClockVillain.
17th Nov '15 3:43:39 PM Boggs
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* {{Narcissist}}: Jessup goes ''beyond'' even having a massive god complex. He disobeys his superior officers because he thinks he knows better than them, loves to hear himself talk, rather flippantly exploits others for his own gain, has a '''colossally''' overblown sense of self-importance, seems to think he and he alone is somehow 'special,' demands excessive admiration and unquestioned obedience he clearly doesn't deserve, displays arrogance and haughtiness to his peers as well as his underlings, is an EntitledBastard, displays a clear LackOfEmpathy, and is seemingly incapable of even ''considering the mere possibility'' that he is ever wrong about ''anything.'' And even when confronted with irrefutable evidence that he is, he simply blames everyone else.
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* {{Narcissist}}: Jessup goes ''beyond'' even having a massive god complex. He disobeys his superior officers because he thinks he knows better than them, loves to hear himself talk, rather flippantly exploits others for his own gain, has a '''colossally''' overblown sense of self-importance, seems to think he and he alone is somehow 'special,' ("I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom.") demands excessive admiration and unquestioned obedience he clearly doesn't deserve, displays arrogance and haughtiness to his peers as well as his underlings, is an EntitledBastard, displays a clear LackOfEmpathy, and is seemingly incapable of even ''considering the mere possibility'' that he is ever wrong about ''anything.'' And even when confronted with irrefutable evidence that he is, he simply blames everyone else.
17th Nov '15 3:11:41 PM Boggs
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* StrawMisogynist: Jessup makes [[StayInTheKitchen chauvanistic]] comments about Galloway and military women in general ''right to her face.'' Of course, it's clearly not just women Jessup thinks are beneath him.
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* StrawMisogynist: Jessup makes [[StayInTheKitchen chauvanistic]] comments about Galloway and military women in general ''right to her face.'' To say nothing of his disparaging remarks about Kaffee's "girly white uniform." Of course, it's clearly not just women Jessup thinks are beneath him.
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