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Men of Honor [Blu-ray]

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  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • An heroic life gets a suitably dramatic retelling in George Tillman, Jr.'s docudrama MEN OF HONOR, based on the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African American to become a United States Navy master diver. The film employs the conventional yet pleasurable against-all-odds narrative. Carl Brashear (played with noble grace by Cuba Gooding Jr.) is the son of a degraded Southern sharecropper. Determined to succeed in the vocation he believes he was born for, Brashear enlists in the navy. Once there, however, the determined young man finds his dream inaccessible--thwarted by the forces of institutional and personal racism. When, after a long and difficult struggle, he is finally allowed into diving school, he finds himself under the authority of Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a former master diver whose injured lung has left him permanently above water. Sunday becomes simultaneously Brashear's most vicious adversary and most loyal supporter, motivating him to succeed. The story that follows is a highly emotional wave of ups and downs: Brashear overcomes one barrier only to be met by the next, even larger one. MEN OF HONOR is at times heartbreaking and painful to watch, but the triumphant ending makes for a deeply satisfying payoff.
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    • Rating - For language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2241432

  • Credits
    Robert De Niro, Robert DeNiro, Cuba Gooding, Charlize Theron, Hal Holbrook, Harold Rowe Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Powers Boothe
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Cuba Gooding Jr. [gets to] flex both physical and acting muscles for once....De Niro cagily crafts Sunday, a composite character, into a memorable and complex creation..."
    USA Today

    "...Gooding conveys fierce dignity and simmering power..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Gooding's solid performance is one of the most powerful aspects of MEN OF HONOR....[He] creates a credible depiction of Brashear's phenomenal strength of character..."
    Box Office

    "...Gooding Jr. is effortlessly appealing as Brashear and you'll root for him to succeed....Very noble..."
    Total Film

    "...Gooding and De Niro have the talent to pull it off, and the film emerges as a dynamic entertainment with the punch of an especially spectacular sports event..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...[Cuba Gooding Jr.] delivers a strong, convincing performance....The movie sells itself..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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