Movie Review – Men In Black 3 (2012)

Year of Release: 2012

*ing: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Emma Thompson

Verdict: 2.5/5

Even before you hit the theatre, you know what to expect from the MIB series – weird looking aliens, memory erasing devices and some fine stunts. So how does MIB-3 differ from this staple diet? Read on..

Although I watched the 3rd part without having watched the 2nd, it wasn’t difficult to catch up. This instalment doesn’t only include aliens, some cool tech & incredible action but has an extra dimension thrown in; that of ‘time travel’ – a facet every human has been fascinated with since the beginning of time.

So we start with aliens (but of course) and some lovely banter between Agent J (Will Smith) & Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones/Josh Brolin) which shows how strong a bond both share without spelling it out in obvious words. K is embroiled in a plethora of secrets that J wouldn’t be let on (which are obviously revealed later in the movie). Anywho, a cool alien fight later we learn about an evil alien (Boris The Animal) who escaped from the jail on Moon to take revenge from Agent K for his broken arm. The very next day J wakes up and starts about his daily routine only to find that there is some lapse in his time line and that K has been dead over 40 years. He also discovers that the Boris’ race never became extinct and are planning to invade the Earth.

This is when he decides to go back in time to 1969 so as to save his partner and make sure that Boris The Animal dies and their race becomes extinct so that planet earth doesn’t face any threat in the future. It is now that the movie becomes exciting. We get to experience the olden days with some cool and funny quips thrown in by “J from the future”. We also get to see K and how different he was in the past. The rest of the story although predictable (good prevails, evil dies, secrets revealed, happy endings) is saved from boredom by some funny and witty dialogues and some cool action sequences. And as is the case with any sci-fi movie, the special effects definitely help.

When MIB originally came out it was a lot cooler since there weren’t that many other sci-fi cool movies releasing (at least in India). But now that Hollywood is queuing up to release their movies in Bollywood even before they hit theatres there, we are getting to see some much cooler and edge of the seat action movies than ever before. And honestly MIB-3 pales in comparison. Although the lead actors have done justice to their roles, the movie in general is just another passing affair. But you can definitely give it a watch since no other major movie has released this weekend – a big plus for MIB-3.

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Movie Review – Ishaqzaade (2012)

Year of Release: 2012

*ing: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Gauhar Khan

Verdict: 2.5/5

 

After the astounding and surprising success of Paan Singh Tomar, it seems like Bollywood has taken fancy to the “small-town” stories.

Ishaqzaade is set in a small fictional town called Almor in UP. It’s the story of the hateful vengeance and subsequent love of two kids born in warring political families. And to throw in even more complications, they belong to different religions – Muslim & Hindu. Lo and behold! We have a recipe ready for fireworks and impending disaster.

Zoya (Parineeti Chopra) is a feisty young lady belonging to the Qureshi clan, who harbors the dream of becoming an MLA of Almor. And on the other side we have Parma (Arjun Kapoor), a rowdy fellow with devil-may-care attitude from the Chauhan clan, who does everything in his power to impress his MLA grandfather. With the elections drawing close, both the sides are busy campaigning and even busier maligning each others’ images. And our two youngsters aren’t far behind in the promotional race.

But soon we are taken from the barren land of hate and politics between the families to the beautiful sun-kissed locales of love and romance of Zoya and Parma. In case you’re wondering whatever happened to all the hatred, looks like a public slap and humiliation is all you need to love somebody, especially if you’re a twisted character like Parma. The slap acted as a catalyst in the chemical equation that led the lead pair loving each other with as much passion as they hated each other with. Yeah! I was surprised at the ease of it all too.

A whirlwind romance later we get to experience a twist in the tale, which will totally catch you unawares. The second half is a bit slower than the first (but isn’t that so with almost all the movies that have released lately?). The second instalment of the film takes us from emotions like grief and betrayal to ones like love, happiness and even more betrayal.

The story is predictable but the treatment of it isn’t. We have seen numerous movies on a similar subject, and this one surely won’t go down in history, but I’d certainly have to give it points for making an effort. Some scenes will elicit “what the what?” response from the audience and some other scenes, like the love-making scene, are stretched unnecessarily. But the movie did manage to get the finer nuances of a small town in UP right (like using guns as toys, the drinking, the dancing etc.). The songs are nice and are already popular; Amit Trivedi sure is someone to look out for.

Parineeti Chopra has once again proved that she isn’t just another pretty face; looks like Ladies vs. Ricky Behl wasn’t a fluke. She portrays even the smallest of emotions with ease. Though we are yet to see how she would fare in more serious roles but then it’s easy to forget that she’s just two films old. She acts well, looks great and unlike her cousin isn’t fake or overacts which lends her a very girl next door-ish quality. No wonder the guys are already swooning over her.

Arjun Kapoor, the supposed star of the film, makes his debut with this movie. Though he isn’t as versatile as the leading lady, he isn’t too bad either. He pulls the rowdy goon look and mannerisms with aplomb though you’re certainly left with a feeling that he could’ve done better. Gauhar Khan in a supporting role is okay and wouldn’t have been missed had she not been there. Though she certainly rocks the item songs!

This movie is time pass at best with a little sloppy and preachy ending. But with social issues being the flavor of the season (read Satyameva Jayate), this movie will surely get decent collections.

 

Trivia:

  • Parineeti Chopra got a bad viral attack while shooting in Lucknow. The doctors advised her not to shoot for at least three days due to severe weakness. But she insisted to shoot as she knew there were location availability issues. At last, Parineeti like a true professional finished all her shots for the day and only then went back to her hotel to rest.
  • There was a string of 5 days when shooting could not start on time due to excessive fog and bad light. The entire unit would reach the set on time as per the call-sheets, get ready and then wait. Quite a few of the unit members would channel their energies into cricket, others would break into songs. The fog delayed the shoot but brought the unit-members closer.
  • It was a joke on set that Habib Faisal‘s favorite on the set was Pradeep, who was playing Banwra, an accompanist in Chand Baby’s entourage. Whenever he was in frame with Arjun, Parineeti or Gauahar, Habib would first brief him, and then the rest. Also on the dinner table, Habib would be constantly talking about Banwra. Arjun would jokingly act very upset about this.
  • Arjun Kapoor had a love hate relationship with his bike in the movie. Habib Faisal wanted a Yezdi to be his character’s bike in the film. As Yezdi is an old bike, two replica bikes were searched for from all over Lucknow and matched with the original. Co-incidentally and for some strange reason, all the three bikes would act temperamental at the time of shooting. Arjun started hating the bike and was irritated with its tantrums. But towards the end of the shoot he fell so in love with the bike that he would be found riding it between shots just for the fun of it.
  • While performing a running sequence in Barabanki in UP, Arjun Kapoor suffered a very serious spasm in his hamstring muscle which caused him great pain. However, in spite of the severe pain the actor finished the shot in a jiffy after just five minutes of rest.
  • During the shoots of one of the songs titled ‘Chokra’, the temperature in Barabanki in UP dipped drastically.
    Actor Arjun Kapoor was to wear a wet vest and Gauahar Khan a tiny blouse. Everybody was worried as to whether they would be able to manage. But ultimately the duo completed the shoot on time and received a standing ovation from the unit.
  • The film was originally titled Tewar, which means attitude in Hindi. But, later the filmmakers decided to change it to Ishaqzaade to bring in the element of love story in the title, also.

Movie Review – Kahaani (2012)

Year of Release: 2012

*ing: Vidya Balan, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Verdict: 3/5

When the biggest star of 2011 asks you to go watch a movie, you don’t question, you just do. That’s the effect Vidya Balan has on people these days. But in Bollywood you are only as good as your last movie, so let’s check out where does Kahaani leave her on the star-o-meter.

The film opens with a sequence where a toxic gas that’s released ends up killing people in a Kolkata Metro train. Wait, did you come to the right screening? Well your ruminations are put to rest when right in the next scene (which is 2 years later in the movie) a heavily pregnant Vidya (or Bidya as they would say in Kolkata) emerges from the Kolkata International Airport only to get hassled by the taxi guys haggling over getting her to take their taxi. The subtle yet powerful acting by Vidya in this small scene gets you glued already.

So Vidya has flown all the way from London to find her missing husband – Arnab Bagchi. Armed with her suitcase & a 2 kg. belly she heads to the police station to get an FIR filed. Thus begins her journey, through the sultry by-lanes of Kolkata, to find her missing husband. Spurned by the Police, she finds support & empathy in a rather naive but idealistic cop Rana (Parambrata Chattopadhyay). With very little information and not much help she sets out on a task that is a rather difficult one. During this expedition we get embroiled in government politics, secret agencies, underground network, contract killing; with each scene and link providing bits and pieces of information so as to keep us guessing the storyline further.

It’d be best not to give too much of the story away since the film’s a thriller where you are constantly discovering details and guessing how the movie will turn out and what the climax would be like. But no matter how much you rack your brains throughout the movie, you would never be able to imagine what turn the story actually takes. Yes! The twist in the story is THAT wild (in fact bordering a little on absurd)!

The performances by all the characters are commendable. But special mention should go to Nawazuddin Siddiqui for portraying the uncouth, bad-mouthing, stern government agent. He is a treat to watch and his bad-ass performance will find it’s own sweet corner in your heart. Parambrata Chattopadhyay as Rana is quite adorable in the role of a naive, idealistic cop who is yet to be corrupted by the system. You will give in to his simple charm. Saswata Chatterjee in the role of a weirdly funny psycho contract killer is good too.

Vidya Balan as always has done a lot of work and fits the bill perfectly of a pregnant woman – in terms of mannerisms, body language etc. Her dialogue delivery is subtle yet still packs punch.

But despite all the above things working for the movie, it lacks that zing, that special wow-factor. At the end of the movie you feel that it could’ve definitely been better although you can’t really place a finger on how or what. The pace could’ve been more slick.

Well, the movie works if you keep some of your logic aside and do not go with a lot of unnecessarily high expectations (which I made the mistake of doing). Kahaani with all it’s wonderful ingredients is a heavily pregnant movie which somehow fails to deliver (quite literally / pun intended)!

Trivia:

  • Vidya Balan’s pregnant tummy was made of rubber weighing 2 Kgs.
  • Vidya Balan made her debut in a Bengali movie, Bhalo Theko, which also starred Parambrata, her co-star in Kahaani.
  • Kahaani was shot in real time, during Durga Puja in Kolkata with real people who had no idea what was going on.
  • While filming a scene for Kahaani, Vidya almost fell onto the tracks of the Kolkata’s metro rail, but was saved by her director Sujoy Ghosh.
  • To promote Kahaani, Vidya embarked on a promotional tour with a pregnancy bump. She was seeing promoting the movie at public places like railway stations and buses in her character.
  • Amitabh Bachchan has lent his classic baritone voice to Rabindranath Tagore‘s epic song ‘Ekla Cholo Re‘ in the movie.

Movie Review – Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

Paan Singh Tomar

Year of Release: 2012

*ing: Irrfan Khan, Mahie Gill

Verdict: 4/5

“Beehad mein toh baagi baste hain, Dakait toh parliament mein hote hain”. This power packed line delivered by the performance powerhouse Irrfan Khan in the promos was enough to drive the audiences to the theater. And boy were they in for a joyride!

PST comes as a pleasant surprise; with it’s strong script, stronger dialogues, fabulous acting and wonderful direction; in midst of movies like Housefull being made which just bank on their star power and ridiculous item numbers to do well. While the recently released movies are cheap rehashed versions of hit Hollywood movies, PST is authentically desi. While the recent crop of movies are like caviar curry minus the spice, PST is authentic daal baati churma with tons of flavor.

It is an endearing story of an army man turned athlete turned dacoit. The legendary Chambal ghati forms the backdrop for the major part of the movie, an area that was once infamous for housing innumerable number of self-made dacoits & their gangs. The inability of food doled out at the army canteen to satiate Paan Singh’s hunger, leads to him joining sports so that he can eat as much as he wants. His innocuous innocence in all of this will totally get to you.

Thus begins the glorified story of how he becomes a name to reckon with in the Steeple chase race where he breaks his own records. But the turning point or a setback for his flourishing career comes when he learns of the family feud in which his land was illegally taken over by his cousin brother. Armed with his army background and sports credentials he sets out to achieve justice the right way. But when spurned and insulted by the system, he has no other choice but to turn into something he had been avoiding all along. There is only so much insult a male ego can suffer. Thereupon we get to witness the dacoit part of Paan Singh’s life which is as beautifully captured as his athletic days.

The movie definitely glorifies the life of a dacoit but also gets you thinking whether we can blame those who are forced to choose illegal or criminal paths by our very own system. A question everybody can agree is highly morally subjective.

Philosophy aside, the entire movie is a treat to watch. The director (Tigmanshu Dhulia) has taken care of the smallest details – the authentic dialect of the area, the non-dramatic and gradual aging process of Paan Singh, love-making scenes in rural India during olden times, Mahie Gill’s village belle avatar, Paan Singh’s attempts at getting privacy with his wife, his suppressed anger and frustration at being able to do nothing when outnumbered by his cousin’s men,  etc. The light-hearted moments peppered throughout the movie keep it from getting too serious or boring.

Though the local dialect adds an authentic touch, it might be a little difficult for people not familiar with it to understand. Also the second half of the movie sometimes drags in bits and pieces.

But apart from the above tiny glitches, the movie has proven yet again that the real hero is the story/script as it is the soul of the movie. This is the precise reason why this film has worked wonderfully without any hype or over the top promotions. And of course not to discount the brilliant performance by Irrfan Khan.

It’s about time that other filmmakers learn a lesson from Tigmanshu Dhulia and make films that have a story rather than churning out nonsense after nonsense starring the biggest stars. As can be learnt from numerous culinary contest shows; no matter how fancy a dish looks, it is only as good as it tastes.

Original interview of Paan Singh Tomar

Trivia:

  • Paan Singh Tomar won the steeplechase event at Indian National Games for seven years in a row. He gave up sports and became famous dacoit in Bhind in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The makers of Paan Singh Tomar used real money worth Rs 3 Lakhs and hung it on a hoarding in Juhu, Mumbai as a part of a promotion. The hoarding was guarded by security personnels but the bag of real money had to be removed when cops intervened due to security threats.
  • Paan Singh Tomar’s nephew, Balwanta Singh lodged an FIR against the director Tigmanshu Dhulia in Gwalior for an alleged breach of promise. Balwanta claims that Tigmanshu had promised to pay him Rs 40 lacs to help him find details about the transformation of Paan Singh from an athlete to a dacoit.
  • The film Paan Singh Tomar was shot in Chambal. Since the area is bandit infested, the cast and crew were not allowed to venture out of their hotel after 5pm and there was security round the clock.
  • The film Paan Singh Tomar required the lead actor Irrfan Khan to be physically fit. Hence Irrfan used to go for regular jogs in the evening and also indulge in playing cricket with the cast and crew.
  • Irrfan Khan was not the first choice to play the dacoit, the director had Akshay Kumar in mind earlier, but later approached Irrfan Khan who fit into the character very well.
  • Irrfan Khan was not aware of Paan Singh Tomar although he was a National Steeplechase Champion. Only after he was approached by the director Tigmanshu Dhulia and later reading about him, did Irrfan learn of him and found his character very intriguing.
  • Apparently the final schedule of the film was delayed because Irrfan suffered an injury to his leg. Also while shooting in the jungles of Dholpur, the sultry weather caused Irfan a blackout and he even got dehydrated.
  • To essay the character of Paan Singh Tomar, Irrfan Khan dedicated himself 2 month before the beginning of the shoot to learn and train on Steeplechase. He took training from a Delhi based National level coach who trained Irrfan in the sport. Irrfan also undertook lessons on voice modulation and pronunciation as he had to speak in the local dialect.
  • To make the film look authentic, director Tigmanshu Dhulia shot the film Paan Singh Tomar in his village and in the house where he grew up.
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia shot the film in terrains of Chambal, Forest Research Institute in Dehradun which was converted into a sports complex and Ludki with army men.

Movie Review – 25th Hour (2002)

Year of Release: 2002

Stars:  Edward NortonBarry Pepper and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Verdict: 2.75/5

Although nominated for Golden Globe and recipient of a lot of critical acclaim, I personally think the movie is a wee bit over-rated.

It’s about a guy called Monty (Edward Norton) who has been sentenced to 7 years in prison for drug peddling and his last 24 hours of freedom and what he does with that.

The opening scene shows Monty saving an injured dog (Doyle) who later becomes an inseparable part of his life. There are overtones of this first scene throughout the movie. Monty saves the dog and gives him another chance at life. Later in the movie Monty fondly recalls that saving the dog was the best thing he did in his life. In a way Doyle’s life symbolizes Monty’s.

During the last 24 hours he meets with all the people who matter in his life – his girlfriend Naturelle, his father who thinks he is to blame for his son’s life turning out the way it did and his 2 best friends; a teacher who is infatuated with one of his students & an investment banker who is overconfident, brash & a loud mouth.

The movie moves on showing how each person is grappling with their own issues in life; Monty predictably with his impending jail term & his suspicion on his girlfriend for outing him out to the cops, Philip with his own moral issues about being attracted to one of his students, Monty’s father with his guilt pangs etc.

Over the whole story Monty comes to realize how he himself is responsible for screwing up his life since he had everything going for him – a scholarship from a reputed private school, good looks, an amazing girlfriend and how he blew everything away.

The best two scenes for me in the movie have to be, one where Monty gives a F*** You speech in front of the bathroom mirror and two, where Monty begs Barry to beat and thrash him early in the morning so that he looks rugged enough for jail. Barry’s denial to do it, Monty’s instigation, everything has been beautifully portrayed.

The ending though profound & beautiful, is very open-ended and might confuse a lot of people.

The movie makes one wonder as to how many opportunities we get and turn away from them in lieu of other easy looking and exciting pursuits which turn out to be everything but that in the end. Maybe shortcuts to success aren’t really all that worth it in the end.

Edward Norton as always is brilliant. Definitely don’t watch if you’re looking for a cheerful movie.

Trivia:

  • IMDB Rating – 7.9/10
  • Edward Norton says the word “fuck” 40 times in about five minutes during his monologue in the bathroom. The phrase “Fuck you” is on the mirror in the bathroom.
  • Tobey Maguire bought the rights to the original novel with the intent of starring. He later decided to do Spider-Man, although he did stay on this film as a producer.
  • During his speech in the bathroom, Edward Norton says, “Slavery ended 137 years ago. Move the fuck on!” This is a reference to American History X, where he says, “Slavery ended like a hundred and thirty years ago, how long does it take to get your act together?”
  • Edward Norton‘s character mentions about wanting to be the “girl in ‘X-Men’, the one that can walk through walls”. Co-stars Anna PaquinBrian CoxAaron Stanford and Dania Ramirez have all starred in the X-Men movies, as Rogue, General Stryker, Pyro, and Callisto respectively. The girl who can walk through walls is called Shadowcat.
  • ‘Alicia Keys ‘ was considered for the role of Naturelle.
  • Edward Norton says he took every penny he made from Red Dragon to finance this film.
  • Monty’s line, “Champagne for my real friends, and real pain for my sham friends,” is a Francis Bacon quote.

Movie Review – Delhi Belly (2011)

Shit Happens

F****N AWESOME!!

However crass the above words are, they truly and aptly sum up the reaction after watching the movie. With this movie Bollywood has truly come of age and it totally kicks ass.

And ‘ass’ is exactly what the movie starts with giving you a flavor of what is about to be thrown at you.

Let’s quickly get over with the story as that isn’t the most extraordinary thing about this movie. The movie is about 3 flatmates – Tashi (Imraan Khan), Arun (Vir Das), Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor) who accidently get embroiled in a diamond smuggling ring. Tashi’s girlfriend (Shehnaaz Treasurywala) unknowingly acts as a courier to deliver diamonds for Vijay Raaz. She gives the package to Tashi to deliver to an address  who the gives it to Nitin and who in turn gives two packages to Arun and they get mixed up and the wrong one reaches Vijay Raaz. And then the story takes a wild turn.

Now the story isn’t anything exceptional, it’s the treatment that makes the movie stand out. The movie is one of a kind that has come in a really long time. The English version is mostly in English and portrays how normal youngsters talk these days in big cities like Mumbai & Delhi. If the movie wasn’t treated delicately, then the fine balance between cheapness & crass humor could’ve been lost.

All the actors are aptly casted and even the smallest character has done his/her bit and make the movie a perfect watch.The director has paid attention to even the smallest details like the Haryanvi accent of the sidekicks. The Potty humor, the background music, the language, the character sketches, the look of the characters everything works for the movie and only an Amir Khan could have pulled it off.

The movie might not sit well with people with a more conservative sense of humor. Though the opening revenue of the film suggests otherwise.

It is DEFINITELY a must watch, even if you watch it for the sheer joy of watching something out of the league than the regular bollywood potboilers.

Shit did happen in this movie but we ain’t complaining…I say go for it!

Trivia:

  • IMDB Rating – 8.6/10
  • Shooting for the film began in August 2008 in Delhi. But due to many technical reasons, the film finally got released after three years in July 2011.
  • Imran Khan gave four screen test and then he finally got chosen for the role in his uncle Aamir Khan‘s movie ‘Delhi Belly‘.
  • For an item girl in the film, earlier the makers were thinking for Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Malaika Arora Khan. But finally they chosen MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar.
  • To bring in good luck for his approaching home production ‘Delhi Belly’, Aamir has made up his mind to wear the same blue T-shirt which he had donned on the World Cup 2011 finals, on the release date of the film.
  • Writer of the film Akshat Verma especially come down from Los Angles to Mumbai to meet Aamir. While Aamir was busy with some shoot so Akshat gave the script to the maid of Aamir’s house. By a strange quirk of fate, Kiran Rao read the script first. There was a pile of 200 scripts next to Aamir and Kiran picked up the first one and started reading. She started laughing and her laughter increased that she fell from the sofa. Aamir asked her what she was reading. She said that its Delhi Belly.
  • Bhag D.K. Bose Aandhi Aayi, the song that has become a raging hit, was included in the film at the last moment and was composed just a few weeks ago, much after the principal shooting of the film was over.
  • To ensure that his prime protagonists got the plot, language, setting and milieu just right, Aamir and director Abhinay Deo come up with a 100-hour-long crash course. It was a 10-day-long crash course, and all actors holed up in a room for up to 10 hours at a stretch along with the producer and director. The focus on these meetings was on ensuring the trio of actors got their gaalis right, and react naturally to the adult humour.

Movie Review – A Few Good Men (1992)

When ‘they’ say a movie is as good as its script, ‘they’ are correct. And when you throw in some brilliant acting by some veteran actors, you’ve got yourself a masterpiece.

A Few Good Men is just that, a masterpiece. This meaty, juicy story of fight for justice of two unfortunate soldiers who are pitted against the head of the battalion, shines in all its glory as actors like Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise & Demi Moore do complete justice to it.

The story revolves around the plight of two soldiers who are ordered to basically rag a member of their battalion (informally called code red) since he hasn’t been living up to the expectations of the group and is accused of breaking the chain of command. They do as they are told but in the course of events the victim dies and the two soldiers are taken into custody on account of murder charges.

Then comes in picture, the idealistic lawyer Demi Moore who believes that the soldiers are innocent and wants to handle the case herself. But the superiors consider a young, brash & over-confident lawyer (Tom Cruise) better suited to take the job. After initial ego clashes both Demi Moore & Tom Cruise’s characters decide to call it a truce.

Though Tom initially believes the case to be a sure-shot defeat in his otherwise victory laden career, he later after an emotional turmoil realizes that he can win it and sees it as a means to make his father proud, who also was a respected lawyer.

People who love courtroom dramas and even those who don’t would enjoy this movie equally. Jack Nicholson’s has given one of the most brilliant performance as Col. Jessup who is a stuck up, highly egoistic, pain in the ass superior and holds respect above everything else. If it weren’t for his character, the movie wouldn’t have been what it is. In fact the viewer waits for his face-off with Tom cruise in the court.

And a bonus for the female viewers, Tom Cruise looks like a dream. Ah! The good ol’ days before the couch-jumping incident.

It is a classic that anybody can watch and enjoy irrespective of age or taste.

Trivia:

  • IMDB Rating – 7.6/10
  • Tom Cruise‘s Jack Nicholson impersonation (when his character is quoting Col. Jessup) was not scripted.
  • A love scene between Demi Moore and Tom Cruise was planned but was not done because the movie didn’t really call for it.
  • When searching for an appropriate setting for the trial, the producers learned that regular military courtrooms are plain and featureless offices. In order to create a more photogenic setting, they settled on a vacant courtroom in an empty courthouse.
  • Jack Nicholson repeated his famous courtroom monologue as Col. Jessep off-camera several times so Rob Reiner could film the reactions of other actors from various angles. Nicholson’s memorable on-camera performance was filmed last, but according to Reiner and the other cast members, Nicholson gave it his all every take as if he was on camera.
  • The word “sir” is used 164 times during the movie. That’s an average of once every 50 seconds.
  • The movie’s line “You can’t handle the truth!” was voted as the #29 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
  • The original play “A Few Good Men” by Aaron Sorkin opened at the Music Box Theater on November 15, 1989 and ran for 497 performances.
  • June 2008 Ranked #5 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 greatest films in the genre “Courtroom Drama”.