History Film / ThePentagonWars

6th Mar '18 4:33:53 AM manofwarb
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No, you make a made-for-TV BlackComedy starring Creator/KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.

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No, you make a made-for-TV BlackComedy starring Creator/KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride crew,[[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.
happening and Creator/ViolaDavis as an admin sergeant assigned to help him.
11th Jan '18 8:06:55 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AwesomePersonnelCarrier: Inverted to hell and back with the Bradley when Burton arrives: it is TheAllegedCar and a HummerDinger, a rolling death-trap inefficient as a troop carrier, a weapons platform or even just an armored vehicle, and you can ''forget'' about using it in its original capacity as a scout -- it will draw the gunfire of every enemy on the field.



* VastBureaucracy: The Pentagon. Played for all the dark laughs it can obtain (trying to stall Burton's test with live animals by making a division to research the "perfect" live animal to use--a process that will take a year, at the fastest) and drama (everybody on the Bradley project that isn't a JerkAss WarHawk getting the decency grounded out of them on-screen because it's the only way that they will get ''anything'' done).

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* VastBureaucracy: The Pentagon. Played for all the dark laughs it can obtain (trying to stall Burton's test with live animals by making a division to research the "perfect" live animal to use--a process that will take a year, at the fastest) and drama (everybody on the Bradley project that isn't a JerkAss WarHawk getting the decency grounded grinded out of them on-screen because it's the only way that they will get ''anything'' done).
11th Jan '18 7:45:03 PM costanton11
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* FalseReassurance: As spoken by KelseyGrammer in perhaps the [[DeadpanSnarker snarkiest]] moment in the movie.

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* FalseReassurance: As spoken by KelseyGrammer Creator/KelseyGrammer in perhaps the [[DeadpanSnarker snarkiest]] moment in the movie.
11th Jan '18 7:40:22 PM costanton11
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No, you make a made-for-TV BlackComedy starring KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.

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No, you make a made-for-TV BlackComedy starring KelseyGrammer Creator/KelseyGrammer as a Maj. General Partridge who wants the Bradley in production no matter how much of a liability it is to its own crew, and [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as Lt. Colonel Burton, who will do everything he can to prevent that from happening.
26th Dec '17 7:40:37 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Pentagon is filled with them. Partridge is the most notable example.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Pentagon is filled with them. Partridge is the most notable example. For example, when Colonel Burton requests sheep for a live fire test on the Bradley, Partridge has a ''whole new department created'' for the purposes of animal procurement just to slow down the process of Burton actually getting hold of some sheep for his test.
26th Dec '17 7:35:48 AM CynicalBastardo
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* PassedOverPromotion: Colonel Smith, the BeleagueredBureaucrat who managed the Bradley design project was passed over from being given the coveted general's star for a long time due to the Bradley's DevelopmentHell.

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* PassedOverPromotion: Colonel Smith, the BeleagueredBureaucrat who managed the Bradley design project was passed over from being given the coveted general's star for a long time due to the Bradley's DevelopmentHell. [[spoiler: This is eventually subverted when they [[KickedUpstairs promote him to keep him from asking any more questions]].]]
6th Dec '17 8:18:32 PM Kalaong
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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Burton uses the story of the M-16 to accuse the enlisted men working on the Bradley of not caring because they never knew anyone who died because of defective equipment. This is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] however; as enlisted men, a lot of them probably ''did'' have close friends who died in combat because of defective equipment and Burton knows this.

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* SoldiersAtTheRear: Burton uses the story of the M-16 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M16_rifle#Adoption M-16]] to accuse the enlisted men working on the Bradley of not caring because they never knew anyone who died because of defective equipment. This is [[InvokedTrope deliberate]] however; as enlisted men, a lot of them probably ''did'' have close friends who died in combat because of defective equipment and Burton knows this.
22nd Oct '17 2:20:19 PM Malady
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* YouDidntAsk: One reason why Burton was never told about the aluminum gas study. Also when the Bradley explodes during the demonstration at the end--the soldiers didn't rigged it to blow up, nor did they rigged it to prevent the thing ''from'' blowing up like they had been doing. They just didn't told Burton because he didn't allowed them to explain when he was making his speech.

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* YouDidntAsk: One reason why Burton was never told about the aluminum gas study. Also when the Bradley explodes during the demonstration at the end--the soldiers didn't rigged it to blow up, nor did they rigged it to prevent the thing ''from'' blowing up like they had been doing. They just didn't told tell Burton because he didn't allowed allow them to explain when he was making his speech.
21st Oct '17 6:56:09 AM manofwarb
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* PassedOverPromotion: Colonel Smith, the BeleagueredBureaucrat who managed the Bradley design project was passed over from being given the coveted general's star for a long time due to the Bradley's DevelopmentHell.
-->'''Colonel Smith''': ''"Look at these eagles! I've been a bird colonel so long, I'm starting to grow goddamned feathers!!"''
22nd Sep '17 2:53:57 PM USABobcat
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Burton has shades of this in the film. Highlights include ''stealing the door off of an ammo dump'' in order to test a Romanian rocket off the books.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Burton has shades of this in the film. Highlights include ''stealing the door off of an ammo dump'' in order to test a Romanian rocket off the books. It's pretty heavily implied that Burton is acting this way because if anyone tries to court-martial or reprimand him for doing these things, they will draw more attention to the Bradley's failings as a vehicle, which is what Burton wants.
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