The General's Daughter

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Paramount Released 1999

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Director:
Simon West
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

The General's Daughter is the 1999 film starring John Travolta based off the novel of the same name by Nelson DeMille. Chief Warrant Officer Four Paul Brenner (Travolta) arrives at a local army base in Georgia and meets Captain Elisabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson) the day before she is murdered. Brenner is then requested to stay at the base and solve the crime with his partner Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe). When they search Elisabeth's home, they discover that the basement is filled with handcuffs, harnesses, a camera connected to a VCR, and various other sex toys. Brenner is then attacked by a masked figure that steals the VHS tapes and runs off. Brenner and Sunhill then question Colonel Robert Moore (James Woods), Colonel George Fowler (Clarence Williams III), Colonel Dr. Donald Slesinger (John Beasley) in their attempt to uncover the details of the murder. When they question Elisabeth's father, the general (James Cromwell), they begin to the put the puzzle together. Directed by Simon West, the film was poorly received by critics by faired well at the box office.

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  • 80

    Variety

    The cinematic equivalent of a disposable airplane read, a hokey, kinky military thriller that's twisty and compelling enough to hook viewers in the mood for a trashy good time.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Travolta again carries a film with enjoyable ease, even if this one remains badly diminished by its perverse streak.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A middling, so-so thriller about a murder investigation on an Army base, it falls to Earth somewhere between failure and success, inconclusive to the end.

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Thrillers, Crime