Men of Honor (2000)

  • Time: 129 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Director: George Tillman Jr.
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Charlize Theron


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.

One comment

  • I loved this movie! The very opening of the movie is very powerful, mainly because of the father, and the story picks up around ten minutes later. There is a big story packed into this movie, and even though it is a two hour movie, the first hour and a half happen so fast, and the last half hour finally slows down to a good pace, but it’s over before you know it.

    Cuba Gooding Jr. does a good job, almost great. He can be a bit cheesy at times, but 99% of the time his role is done very well. He seems like a real person with an indestructible will to overcome the racism that is keeping from achieving his dreams.

    I like Robert DeNiro even more. He is always a phenomenal actor, and in a way, his performance reminds of that in “Raging Bull”. The character is different, but he has his moments that seem similar to Jake LaMotta’s. He is a cold hearted and racist man, but does get some sympathy points when you realize that him and Carl Brashear are driven by the same motives and have just gone different paths.

    I definitely recommend seeing “Men Of Honor”, even if it seems over very quickly.

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