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A military drama movie starring Robert DeNiro
and Cuba Gooding. It is a Based on a True Story
movie about Carl Brashear, the very first African-American Master Diver of the US Navy.
- Appeal to Force: Sunday intimidates a Marine standing watch outside the courtroom. The Marine lets Sunday by, even though keeping him out of the courtroom was his only reason for being there.
Chief Sunday: Son, you best step aside or I'll crack you right in the jaw.
- Biopic: A loose biography of Master Chief Carl Brashear.
- Badass: Both Carl Brashear and William Sunday.
- Badass Creed: "The Navy Diver is not a fighting man, he is a salvage expert. If it is lost underwater, he finds it. If it's sunk, he brings it up. If it's in the way, he moves it. If he's lucky, he will die young, 200 feet beneath the waves, for that is the closest he'll ever get to being a hero. Hell, I don't know why anybody'd want to be a Navy diver."
- Determinator: Carl. He stay underwater for over 9 hours to finish his final test at Dive School. He also didn't let having one of his legs amputated get in the way of his military career.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Even though Carl saved the life of a fellow student who was trapped, the credit for his heroics went to a student who had run away.
- The Fake gives Carl the medal before they part ways one last time.
- Handicapped Badass: Carl, after losing his lower left leg
- Jackie Robinson Story: He was not the first African-American Navy diver, but he was the Navy's first African-American master diver. He later became the Navy's first one-legged African-American diver.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Who knew taking 12 steps forward could be so dramatic?
- The Obi-Wan: Sunday, after Brashear earns his respect.
- Pretty in Mink: Sunday's wife.
- Sink or Swim Mentor: Sunday's teaching philosophy.
- Socialite: Several officers at a
- The Drunken Sailor: Sunday, whose Madness Mantra takes the form of the CPO Rules:
Chief Sunday: A chief petty officer shall not drink; however, if he should drink, he shall not get drunk. If he should get drunk, he shall not stagger. And if he staggers, he shall not fall. If he should fall down, he shall fall in such a manner as to cover up his rate so that passers-by will think he is an officer.
- The Mentor: Sunday to Brashear. Carl wouldn't have made master chief without him.
- Training from Hell: Truth in Television, Navy Dive School really is pretty damn strenuous.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: It seems the story is over when Carl graduated from dive school. Cue the second half of the movie.