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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.
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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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Technical Specs

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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

In 2009, the USNS T-AKE 7 was named the USNS Carl Brashear, in honor of Master Chief Boatswain's Mate (Master Diver) Carl M. Brashear (1931-2006), who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. He was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the Navy Diving School, and was designated a Navy salvage diver. He was the first African-American to qualify and serve as a master diver while on active duty, and the first U.S. Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee, the result of a leg injury he sustained during a salvage operation. After thirty-one years of service, Brashear officially retired from the U.S. Navy on April 1, 1979. See more »

Goofs

In every scene with a diving helmet, it's screwed on clockwise. However, when Carl Brashear is on television searching for the H-Bomb, it's screwed on counter-clockwise. See more »

Quotes

[Sunday regards a picture of Carl's late father]
Billy Sunday: What the hell did he ever say to make you try so hard?
Carl Brashear: Be the best.
Billy Sunday: Well, you are.
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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 According to Jim: A Crying Shame (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Brian McKnight
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User Reviews

very honorable
18 March 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Familiar but triumphant true story set in the 1950s about a man and his determination to defy the odds. Gooding gives a rock solid performance as an ambitious Navy diver whose iron will leads him to fight discrimination and try to become the first ever colored master diver. Along the way he matches wits with—and eventually gains the respect of—his belligerent, hard-nosed superior (De Niro). Considering the film's definite Rocky formula you'll probably be a step ahead of the story at every turn, but it's well-directed, acted with such great conviction, and has a finale so powerful and moving that you almost have to go along for the ride. A compelling and gripping story of will and determination. ***


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