A Few Good Men

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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Question: At the beginning of the movie when Lt. Kaffee and Lt. Weinberg are first being assigned to the case by "Division" they both have on 1st LT bars on their right collar. Shouldn't they be wearing Captain bars as the equivalent of Navy Lt is a Captain in all other branches? The Sr. officer in the room is a Captain in the Navy or Col. in other branches and wears the "full bird" on his collar.

Answer: No, as the Navy has two Lieutenant ranks. Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant. Lt. JG is equivalent to 1st Lieutenant in the other 3 branches. One silver bar is correct.

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Answer: A navy Captain is a higher rank than a Army, Marine, or Air Force Captain. In the Navy, "Captain" is pay grade O-6 - the sixth officer rank, and the last one before the Admiral ranks begin. In the Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force, the rank called "Captain" is pay grade O-3, the third officer rank. The O-6 rank for the other three services would be Colonel.

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