Men Of Honor

20th Century Fox Released 2000




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George Tillman Jr

Men of Honor is a movie about two brave divers in the United States Navy who stand together in opposition of racism in 1950's America. Carl Brashear, whose long fight to become the first African American Master Diver, the highest rank a Navy diver can achieve, became one of the most inspirational stories from the early years of the Civil Rights movement. Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 to escape the hopelessness of Kentucky sharecropping, only to find there was as much resistance to African American success in the armed forces as their was anywhere else in the country. Brasher became inspired to achieve the rank of Master Diver after seeing the bravery and talent of Master Chief Petty Officer Billy Sunday. Sunday became Brashear's instructor at Diving and Salvage school, where Sunday's ranking officers advised him to make things difficult for the ambitious Brashear in order to keep the African American man from rising through the ranks. In the ensuing years, Brashear fought to achieve his dream in the face of prejudice, and Sunday became his greatest ally despite the damage it did to Sunday's own career.



Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Leaves you wanting to know more, and that's not a bad thing.

  • 60


    Those in search of positive role models and films detailing little-known aspects of black and military history, or stressing the value of tenacity and hard work, pic has something ...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Until its unbearably hokey ending, acquits itself reasonably well.

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    • Production Budget - $32,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $48,818,921 (53rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $82,343,495 (56th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $73,907,680
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $124,661,024

    • Other production companies:
      Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (US distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Cathlamet, Washington
      Diblee Point, Rainier, Oregon
      Long Beach, California
      Longview, Washington
      North Plains, Oregon
      Portland, Oregon
      Rainier, Oregon

    • Tagline:
      History is made by those who break the rules.

    • Music:
      Anchors Aweigh
      Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
      Arranged by Will Schaefer
      Stars and Stripes Forever
      Written by John Philip Sousa
      Arranged by Will Schaefer
      I'm in Town
      Written by Jack Lauderdale
      Performed by Frantic Faye Thomas
      Sunny Side of the Mountain
      Written by William York
      Performed by Hawkshaw Hawkins
      Make Up My Mind
      Written by Thomas Smith and Wayne Perry
      It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
      Written by Joseph D. Miller
      Performed by Kitty Wells
      Half a Mind
      Written by Roger Miller
      Performed by Ernest Tubb
      Morning Papers Waltz Op. 279
      Composed by Johann Strauß
      Blue Yodel #4
      Written by Jimmie Rodgers
      Performed by Bill Monroe
      Will You Be There
      Written and Performed by Gene Rodriguez
      I Want You to Be My Baby
      Written by Jon Hendricks
      Performed by The Count
      Arranged by Shelly Berg
      You'll Never Know
      Written by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren
      Performed by Sue Raney
      Arranged by Shelly Berg
      Say When
      Written by Johnny Bristol
      Performed by Marvin Gaye
      I Wish It Would Rain
      Written by Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Rodger Penzabene Sr., Carl Christiansen and Roger Penzabene Jr.
      Performed by The Temptations
      Performed by Brian McKnight


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Historical, Military & War, Social Issues, Biography, for men