Men Of Honor

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20th Century Fox Released 2000

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Director:
George Tillman Jr
Released:
2000
Rating:
R

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.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

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

  • 60

    Variety

    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
        Win
        Performed by Brian McKnight

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    Themes

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