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Men of Honor (2000)

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The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him.

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George Tillman Jr.
11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Master Chief Billy Sunday
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Chief Carl Brashear
Charlize Theron ... Gwen Sunday
Aunjanue Ellis ... Jo
Hal Holbrook ... 'Mr. Pappy'
Michael Rapaport ... GM1 Snowhill
Powers Boothe ... Captain Pullman
David Keith ... Captain Hartigan
Holt McCallany ... MM1 Dylan Rourke
David Conrad ... Lt. / Cmdr. / Capt. Hanks
Joshua Leonard ... PO2 Timothy Douglas Isert
Carl Lumbly ... Mac Brashear
Lonette McKee ... Ella Brashear
Glynn Turman ... Chief Floyd
Dennis Troutman Dennis Troutman ... Boots
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Storyline

The story ultimately revolves around two "men of honor"; their relationship, their individual and joint failures and triumphs. Carl Brashear is determined to be the first African American Navy Diver in a time where racism is rife. Leslie Sunday is his embittered trainer, determined to see him fail. Fate, challenges and circumstances eventually draw these two men together in a tale of turbulence and ultimately triumph. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

History is made by those who break the rules.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Navy Diver See more »

Filming Locations:

Cathlamet, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,339,465, 12 November 2000

Gross USA:

$48,818,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,343,495
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Carl Brashear's great-nephew is NHL bruiser Donald Brashear of the New York Rangers. See more »

Goofs

When Brashear swims from the U.S.S. Hoist, shortly after jumping in, a sailor has a Number 1 Mark III Enfield rifle. While it was in use at the time, it was a British rifle, and the United States did not field it. See more »

Quotes

Billy Sunday: [Addressing the cadet divers] gentlemen, this is weekend liberty, remember one night stands maybe over in the morning but Syphilis lasts a lifetime.
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Crazy Credits

The woman in the detox center is listed as "Pinch-Faced Woman at Detox Center" See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD includes several deleted scenes cut from the final film:
  • Billy lies drunk on a beach and is caught by Military Police; the film then cuts to the opening scene showing just why he is in handcuffs.
  • Carl finds Pappy's dog and he makes a white officer wash the poor animal in lye because carl touched it.
  • an alternate ending showing just what exactly happened to Billy
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Connections

Referenced in MacGruber (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wish It Would Rain
Written by Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Rodger Penzabene Sr., Carl Christiansen and Roger Penzabene Jr.
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P. under License
from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Very good film!
16 April 2003 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

This one is a great one! Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding have teamed up to make a powerful and very influential film. This is the true story of the first black US Navy diver and the obstacles he faced in attaining his certification at the hands of a racist Master diver. Along the way, he must also face plain old bigotry from all of his classmates, none of whom want him in their class. They move out of the barracks when he arrives. Ultimately, he becomes certified and goes on to have a great career as a US Navy diver. Watch this one! It's a great tale of courage and honor. As the story unfolds, we get to watch racism slowly dissipate and everyone begins to respect men one at a time.


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