A Few Good Men

Factual error: Lt. Caffey (Tom Cruise) wants the two marines to plead guilty and take a deal because he doesn't want the to "spend the rest of their lives in Leavenworth (prison)." The United States Disciplinary Barracks is indeed located in Leavenworth, Kansas. And the US Army and US Air Force send convicted felons there to do their time. However, Marines and members of the United States Navy are sent to Portsmouth Naval Prison in New Hampshire. It is run by the Marines.

Nimzoman
Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: It's perfectly within character that Caffey wouldn't know this. He's been in the navy a short time, never tried a case in a courtroom, and is generally uninterested in military protocol.

Jason Hoffman

Continuity mistake: During the trial at the end, Jessup struggles with the MPs to get to Danny Kaffee. After the struggle, his tie is all out of place. In the following close-up shots, it's re-aligned, before becoming completely askew as Jessup goes to retrieve his hat.

Continuity mistake: In one scene when Sam and Jo are leaving Danny's apartment, there is a wide shot showing Daniel opening the door, then there is a close up of Daniel and Sam, and Sam opens the door again.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Tom Cruise is yelling at/questioning Dawson at the jail in the witness room, immediately after Cruise gets up in Dawson's face and says, "I'm the only friend you've got," Cruise is supposed to simply turn and walk away. But you can see from the angle behind Dawson that Cruise' first step is a step down, indicating that he was on a pedestal of some sort to bring their heights closer together.

Continuity mistake: Near the end when Jack Nicholson is on the witness stand you can see his collar is wet from sweat, then after he gets up it is dry, then wet again...

Deliberate mistake: The extras used in the scene when Danny gets assigned the case appear again as members of the Jury. If Danny's fellow officers were called as Jury members for a trial all would have to declare an interest and be ineligible to hear the case. (00:09:30 - 01:03:25)

A Few Good Men mistake picture

Continuity mistake: During Danny's drunken yelling scene he swoops a table ALMOST clear of its papers, meaning there are still a few papers messily left on the table. However, a few shots later, those papers are mysteriously missing. (01:47:20)

Factual error: During the performance of the Marine Silent Drill Platoon at the very beginning of the movie, they are performing with Springfield 1903 Rifles, whereas the Marines perform with M1 Garands. The reason is that the Texas A&M Fish drill team was being used in the Marines' stead.

Factual error: In the opening scene, during the overhead shots of the Marine band, the band members are out of step with the music. In military marching, the left foot ALWAYS falls on the downbeat of the music. In all other shots, the music is properly synchronised.

Continuity mistake: While having lunch outside, Jack Nicholson takes a cigar up to his mouth and when he is about to give a puff, shot cuts to a general view of him and now his arm is down and no trace of the cigar is seen.

Sacha Premium member

Continuity mistake: Just before Danny sits down after questioning Mr. R.C. McGuire, look at his shadows on his jacket. As Jack gets up, notice the sun shadow on his jacket, it's at an angle, but Danny didn't have one.

Continuity mistake: Part of Jack's opening statement has him walking towards the jurors with his left arm bent shot from behind the jurors. The next shot is from behind Jack, looking at the jury and his left arm is by his side.

Other mistake: When Danny, Sam and Jo arrive on Guantanamo Bay Naval base, they are met by the driver who recommends they put on camouflage jackets so their dress whites won't be spotted by Cuban snipers distinguishing them as high ranking targets.They comply and as you see them drive away, right there on the top of their heads, bright white dress hats can be seen clear as day. While it's against regulations to remove hats outside, it's also against regulations to cover dress whites, so a half-assed measure is an odd choice.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jo is telling Danny that she sent one of the prisoners some comic books (towards the beginning of the movie)he steps inside his car and the back window is halfway down. As he drives away it is completely up and as he pulls into the next scene, it is still up, while his driver side window remains down the whole time. (00:30:00 - 00:32:00)

Revealing mistake: In one scene, Tom Cruise is walking along the sidewalk with Kevin Pollak (who is pushing a pram). The camera, which obviously is moving backwards on a dolly, is in front of them. As the men walk past some bushes, watch the branch on the right-hand side. As it comes into view, we see it spring back and shake for a bit. Evidently, the camera dolly snagged it on the way past.

Continuity mistake: When Jack Ross (Kevin Bacon) calls his first witness to the stand, he steps over to the podium between himself and the defense counsel, but in the wide shot showing the witness walking across the courtroom, he is back at his table. Then in the following close-up he is once again at the podium.

Character mistake: During the trial, Danny says Lt. Col. Markinson shot himself in the mouth with a .45, but in the suicide scene, Markinson's gun is a Beretta 9mm, the standard-issue U.S. Military sidearm, and it is implied he shot himself in the left temple, not the mouth.

Upvote valid corrections to help move entries into the corrections section.

Suggested correction: The last shot of Markinson in the film is literally him inserting the gun into his mouth.

This correction is irrelevant since that's not what the mistake is claiming.

Bishop73

The original submission claimed two things, 1) the gun was a 9mm and not a 45 caliber, and 2) that the implication was he shot himself in the temple. The correction was for the second point since we are shown him inserting the gun in his mouth, which matches was was said at trial. The first mistake about gun type still stands though.

While the Baretta M9 was the standard issue pistol of the time, a man of Lt Col Marginson's stature may well have his .45 ACP M1911 pistol as well as his issued weapon. Daniel Kaffee, being of very limited military experience would have known this, and being Navy, probably couldn't tell the difference.

Continuity mistake: During Danny's examination of Lt. Kendrick on the witness stand, he leans up against his courtroom table, shot from the back, in front of the microphone which is straight on, on the table. The next shot, from the front, shows the mic to the left of him and on an angle.

Factual error: The film's presentation of Guantanamo Bay seems unrealistic. In an attempt to make Jessep seem autocratic and akin to a dictator, they show a scene of Jessep and Danny meeting outdoors. In the background, there is a colonial-era type mansion in immaculate condition. There are no such buildings on the Naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

Continuity mistake: After Danny tells Jessep to sit back down on the witness stand and the judge is telling Danny how to address Jessep, he pours himself a glass of water. From the shot where his back is towards us he puts the pitcher down. We then see a shot in front of him and he is putting the pitcher down again. (01:56:00 - 01:58:00)

Col. Nathan R. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines; you have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives and my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.
You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said "thank you, " and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.

More quotes from A Few Good Men

Trivia: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has a cameo as a lawyer in a bar talking to a woman about one of his cases.

More trivia for A Few Good Men

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.