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Men of Honor - DVD
Men of Honor
|Cuba Gooding, Jr.|
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|Release Date:||April 10, 2001|
|Running Time:||128 minutes|
A 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 follows 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 antagonistic 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 simultaneously becomes 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 unbelievably 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.
DVD Edition Details
Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
Color, Widescreen, Dolby
Commentary by Cuba Gooding, Jr., George Tillman, Jr., producer Robert Teitel and screenwriter Scott Marshall Smith
Alternate ending plus 11 deleted scenes with commentary by director George Tillman, Jr.
Animated storyboards with commentary by director George Tillman, Jr.
"Mater Chief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear" documentary
HBO "First Look" featurette
Brian McKnight music video: "Win"
Widescreen anamorphic format