Men of Honor

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For other uses, see Men of Honor (disambiguation). Men of Honor_sentence_0

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Directed byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_1_0 George Tillman Jr.Men of Honor_cell_0_1_1
Produced byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_2_0 Bill Badalato

Robert TeitelMen of Honor_cell_0_2_1

Written byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_3_0 Scott Marshall SmithMen of Honor_cell_0_3_1
StarringMen of Honor_header_cell_0_4_0 Men of Honor_cell_0_4_1
Music byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_5_0 Mark IshamMen of Honor_cell_0_5_1
CinematographyMen of Honor_header_cell_0_6_0 Anthony B. RichmondMen of Honor_cell_0_6_1
Edited byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_7_0 John Carter

Dirk WesterveltMen of Honor_cell_0_7_1

Production

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Fox 2000 Pictures

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Distributed byMen of Honor_header_cell_0_9_0 20th Century FoxMen of Honor_cell_0_9_1
Release dateMen of Honor_header_cell_0_10_0 Men of Honor_cell_0_10_1
Running timeMen of Honor_header_cell_0_11_0 129 minutesMen of Honor_cell_0_11_1
CountryMen of Honor_header_cell_0_12_0 United StatesMen of Honor_cell_0_12_1
LanguageMen of Honor_header_cell_0_13_0 EnglishMen of Honor_cell_0_13_1
BudgetMen of Honor_header_cell_0_14_0 $32 millionMen of Honor_cell_0_14_1
Box officeMen of Honor_header_cell_0_15_0 $82.3 millionMen of Honor_cell_0_15_1

Men of Honor (released in the UK and Ireland as Men of Honour) is a 2000 American drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr.. Men of Honor_sentence_1

The film was directed by George Tillman Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear, the first African American master diver in the United States Navy. Men of Honor_sentence_2

Plot Men of Honor_section_0

Carl Brashear leaves his native Kentucky and the life of a sharecropper in 1948 by joining the United States Navy. Men of Honor_sentence_3

As a crew member of the salvage ship USS Hoist, where he is assigned to the galley, he is inspired by the bravery of one of the divers, Master Chief Petty Officer Leslie William "Billy" Sunday. Men of Honor_sentence_4

He is determined to overcome racism and become the first black American Navy diver, even proclaiming that he will become a master diver. Men of Honor_sentence_5

He eventually is selected to attend Diving and Salvage School in Bayonne, New Jersey, where he arrives as a boatswain's mate second class. Men of Honor_sentence_6

He finds that Master Chief Sunday is the leading chief petty officer and head instructor, who is under orders from the school's eccentric, bigoted commanding officer to ensure that Brashear fails. Men of Honor_sentence_7

Brashear struggles to overcome his educational shortcomings, a result of his leaving school in grade 7 in order to work on his family's failing farm. Men of Honor_sentence_8

He receives educational assistance from his future wife, a medical student who works part-time in the New York Public Library in Harlem. Men of Honor_sentence_9

Brashear proves himself as a diver by rescuing a fellow student whose dive buddy abandons him during a salvage evaluation. Men of Honor_sentence_10

Unfortunately, due to the racism of the commanding officer, the student who fled in the face of danger is awarded a medal for Brashear's heroic actions. Men of Honor_sentence_11

Likewise, during an underwater assembling task where each student has to assemble a flange underwater using a bag of tools, Brashear's bag is cut open on purpose. Men of Honor_sentence_12

Brashear nevertheless finishes the assembly and graduates from diving school, earning the quiet and suppressed admiration of Sunday and his fellow divers. Men of Honor_sentence_13

Sunday is later demoted to senior chief by the commanding officer for standing up for Brashear and allowing him to pass. Men of Honor_sentence_14

The paths and careers of Brashear and Sunday diverge. Men of Honor_sentence_15

Brashear rises quickly through the ranks, even becoming a national hero in the 1966 Palomares incident for recovering a missing hydrogen bomb and for saving the lives of Navy crewmen. Men of Honor_sentence_16

Sunday continually loses his composure around officers who disrespect his accomplishments, until he is finally demoted to chief petty officer and relegated to menial duties. Men of Honor_sentence_17

He becomes a brooding alcoholic displeased with his lowered rank. Men of Honor_sentence_18

The two eventually meet again after Brashear's left leg was so mangled in the Palomares incident that he feels that his only chance to return to active duty and a relatively normal life is for the leg to be amputated and replaced with a prosthesis. Men of Honor_sentence_19

Until this time, no Navy man had ever returned to full active duty with a prosthetic limb. Men of Honor_sentence_20

Sunday again trains Brashear and aids him in his fight against the Navy's bureaucracy and an antagonistic Navy captain (Brashear's and Sunday's former Hoist executive officer) in order to return to full active duty and fulfill his dream of becoming a master diver. Men of Honor_sentence_21

They succeed in getting Brashear reinstated. Men of Honor_sentence_22

In the epilogue, it is noted that two years later Brashear becomes a master diver. Men of Honor_sentence_23

It is added that he does not retire from the Navy for another nine years. Men of Honor_sentence_24

Cast Men of Honor_section_1

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Production Men of Honor_section_2

The film features the classic US Navy Mark V diving equipment used by the Navy from 1915 until 1985. Men of Honor_sentence_25

The equipment was custom made by DESCO, who manufactured the gear for the Navy along with three other makers. Men of Honor_sentence_26

The helmets used were actually commercial helmets (which have larger glass windows or "lights") on Navy breast plates, allowing greater visibility of the actors. Men of Honor_sentence_27

The divers wore equipment weighing about 200 pounds (91 kg). Men of Honor_sentence_28

Reception Men of Honor_section_3

The film opened at the third position at the North American box office behind Little Nicky and Charlie's Angels, which was on its second week at the top spot. Men of Honor_sentence_29

Men of Honor was met with mixed reviews. Men of Honor_sentence_30

It currently has a 42% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus stating: "De Niro and Gooding Jr. manage to turn in performances that make this by-the-numbers inspirational movie watchable." Men of Honor_sentence_31

Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, calling it "an old-fashioned biopic" but criticized Theron's appearance in the film, calling it "professional but unnecessary to the picture". Men of Honor_sentence_32

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While the film portrays a Wisconsin recruit as the only White recruit to remain in Carl Brashera's bunk, the actual individual was a Brazilian diver named Alberto José do Nascimento, who was also dark skinned. Men of Honor_sentence_33

Alberto also helped Brashear save a fellow recruit who was trapped underwater during a training exercise. Men of Honor_sentence_34

Soundtrack Men of Honor_section_5

Mark Isham's soundtrack was released as an album in 2000. Men of Honor_sentence_35


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