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The General's Daughter (1999)

When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

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The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. Written by Jeff Cross <[email protected]>

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Rated R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,332,053, 20 June 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,705,852

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$149,705,852
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Bruce Willis was originally considered for Brenner. See more »

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During the opening credits there is a brief view of Gen. Campbell and Col. Fowler riding to the academy in a staff car, with Gen. Campbell sitting on the left side of the vehicle. This is incorrect military protocol. Correct protocol is for the lowest ranking officer (Col. Fowler) to enter the vehicle fist so that when they exit the vehicle, the highest ranking officer (Gen. Campbell) will exit first. Col. Fowler should be the one sitting on the left side. See more »

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[first lines]
MP Guard: I.D., please. First Sergeant White, please proceed.
Brenner: [in a southern accent] I believe I will. Thank you kindly.
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As the end credits roll scenes from the alternate version are shown. See more »

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Referenced in Basic (2003) See more »

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Composed by Carl Orff
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser
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sadly dishonest
15 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

'The General's Daughter' was a slightly above average flick until the very end. Sadly, at this point the film makers decided to make it a propaganda film by shamefully manipulating the audience.

'The General's Daughter' is completely a work of fiction – it is entirely made up. However, the film makers insert a final message giving the viewer the impression that it was a true story. They follow this, and reveal the purpose of their dishonesty, with a short endorsement for women in the military. In doing this they ceased to be film makers and became mere propagandists, dishonest manipulators who lie to the commoners for the 'greater good'. In my opinion, in doing so, they embarrassed both themselves and the art of film making.

It is completely moral to take a true story and 'dramatize' it for a moral or ideological reason. It is also moral to create an entirely fictional story for the same reason. However, it is unethical to create a fictional story and then mislead the viewer into believing it is true just to propagate one's ideology. It is this sin that the film makers are guilty of.

You may say, 'Well, everyone knows it's from a novel'. Oh, please….. There are so many people who don't read books at all and whose only source of knowledge is the movies or TV. To these people, movies and TV are the Voice of Authority. The film makers are well aware of this. Perhaps it was this awareness that led them to this manipulation…….


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