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The General's Daughter

  • Drama
  • 1999
  • Simon West
  • 111 mins
  • 18

Summary

Mystery thriller starring John Travolta and Madeleine Stowe. When the daughter of a well-respected military base commander is gruesomely murdered, army CID detectives (and former lovers) Paul Brenner and Sarah Sunhill are assigned to investigate the crime but encounter an impenetrable wall of silence.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This moderately absorbing military whodunnit is let down by the lazy hamming of star John Travolta. He plays an army cop called in to investigate the horrific rape and murder of a woman officer (Leslie Stefanson) who also happens to be the daughter of top military man James Cromwell. However, as Travolta and colleague Madeleine Stowe start digging, they find some nasty skeletons in Stefanson's closet. Travolta aside, the performances are strong, with James Woods effortlessly stealing the show as one of the prime suspects. Con Air director Simon West demonstrates that there's more to him than just spectacular set pieces, yet the wayward script's derivative twists and turns weaken what should have been a hard-hitting drama.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul BrennerJohn Travolta
Sarah SunhillMadeleine Stowe
General CampbellJames Cromwell
Colonel KentTimothy Hutton
Elisabeth CampbellLeslie Stefanson
Chief YardleyDaniel Von Bargen
Colonel FowlerClarence Williams III
Colonel MooreJames Woods
General SonnenbergJohn Frankenheimer
Dalbert ElkinsMark Boone Junior

Crew

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DirectorSimon West

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1999-09-17
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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