A Few Good Men

Corrected entry: One of Kaffee's lines of questioning to Jessup centres around the lack of a phone call from Santiago upon learning he was being transferred. "Upon hearing the news that he was finally getting his transfer, Santiago was so excited that do you know how many people he called? Zero. No-one. Not one call to his parents saying he was coming home. Not one call to a friend saying 'Can you pick me up at the airport?'" The trouble is, Santiago was requesting a transfer, not a discharge. Had the transfer in fact been granted, he would have been going to some other USMC posting, which could be practically anywhere in the world.

Correction: True, he was requesting a Transfer, officially known as a "Permanent Change of Station" (PCS). With PCS moves, the serviceman is usually granted as much as 30 days of Leave (vacation). Santiago may have chosen to go home for a period of time before reporting to his new duty station.


Corrected entry: The judge of the military court martial would be wearing black robes, just like civilian trials. In every scene the judge is only wearing his uniform, which in reality he would be wearing under the robes. The only time a judge at a court martial would not be wearing robes is in a forward deployment area, not Washington DC.

Correction: I was a military Paralegal "Chief Legalman" for 16 years. I worked in many courts-martial with our JAG attorneys and our military judges never wore black robes. For Special Courts-Martial, judges would wear Uniform of the Day and for General Courts-Martial they would wear their dress uniform.

Corrected entry: When Markinson kills himself he puts his weapon to his left temple, however when Kaffee recounts the story he says Markinson "put his pistol in his mouth. . ."

Ian Hunt

Correction: In the original film version, Markinson does indeed put the pistol in his mouth. I believe it has been showed edited in the television version. But in the original film, he places the pistol in his mouth. You can even hear it when he does this. I'm not quite sure how one would describe it, be it a sound his tongue makes or possibly hitting his teeth, but he puts the pistol in his mouth. And it is haunting.

Corrected entry: Just prior to the performance of the Marine Silent Drill Platoon at the very beginning of the movie, the scene opens with an image of the U.S. flag blowing in an apparently brisk wind. As the scene continues, trees in the background are essentially motionless and leaves on the ground are not moving.

Correction: I have heard, rather than felt, the wind blowing through the trees countless times throughout my life. Air currents move independently at different altitudes and locations.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Kaffey and Ross are having a beer discussing the case, Ross says, "I don't believe your clients belong in jail, but I don't get to make that decision". The thing is, as the prosecutor, he DOES get to make that decision. He has the authority to not only negotiate plea deals but also to drop charges altogether if he feels there isn't enough evidence to support them.

Correction: First of all, Ross tried to offer a deal but Caffey rejected it. Secondly, Ross could not drop the charges because the evidence supported bringing the two Marines to a court martial. And third, Ross could make recommendations to the court regarding sentencing but does not have the final say. The judge does.


Corrected entry: After Dr. Stone's testimony concludes, Captain Ross advises the Judge that the prosecution rests. The Judge then states that the case will began at 10:00 am on Monday the 19th, at which time the defense will call its first witness. When court resumes on the 19th, and both Ross and Kaffey are questioning Barnes, the clock on the wall indicates it's shortly after 3:30 PM - over five hours after this court session was supposed to begin.

Brittle Fingers

Correction: It's days later. The clock could be wrong, or there were some unforeseeable delays that got them a late start. The audience doesn't have to be told what the delays were.


Corrected entry: A United States Marine does not wear his cover (hat) indoors unless he is under arms and a Marine also does not salute without wearing a cover. Therefore, Marines generally do not salute indoors, which was done in the movie a number of times.

Correction: Not correct.Apart from the salute by LCpl Dawson at the end of the trial, the only Marines wearing a cover and saluting indoors are the MP guards. You can see that the MPs are either 'literally' under arms by carrying a sidearm or 'symbolically' under arms by wearing a duty belt.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film, Lt. Kaffee asks Col. Jessip, "Lt. Kendrick ordered the Code Red, didn't he? Because that's what you told Lt. Kendrick to do." Then Capt. Ross shouts "object", but Kaffee keeps going, stating how Jessip cut the defendants loose after the plan went bad. During this tirade, both Ross and the Judge shout at Kaffee. At one point, the Judge says to Kaffee, "Consider yourself in contempt!" However, at the very end of the movie, Kaffee leaves the courtroom on his own. No procedure is conducted relating to him being charged with contempt of court as the Judge had ordered. Did the Judge forget about it? How about the bailiff, or Ross (as a prosecutor)? Are we supposed to just forget about the fact that Kaffee should technically have been arrested?

Correction: This is a question, not a mistake. The judge wants to see the tirade play out, so he specifically says "Consider yourself in contempt" instead of "I am holding you in contempt". This gives him the leeway of interpretation and can decide later if he actually wants to charge Kaffee with contempt.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When the drill team is performing at the beginning of the movie, they begin with fixed bayonets. Without returning them to their sheaths, they are missing during the rest of the routine.

Correction: While the drill team is conducting movements in a column formation, they have fixed bayonets. However, when we see the drill team conducting movements without bayonets, they are in completely different types of formations. It is very likely that they unfixed their bayonets prior to changing their formations.

Corrected entry: The Judge who presides over the court martial is played by the same actor who played the judge in the court martial of the A-Team.

Correction: Hardly trivia. He has also played a military person in several other movies such as Air Force One which isnt really trivia.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: The man who Demi Moore (Jo) first addresses the case to, and tells her she's "too important at her current assignment" also plays a Naval lawyer of high rank on the TV show Jag.

Correction: Not really trivia. Many actors play the same kind of role in different shows like good guy or bad guy.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: Private Santiago is killed on September 5th or 6th. Let's say it takes a week to ten days before they go to court. That's about September 15th. The trial starts three weeks later. That's October 6th. A few days later is when Jo screws up in court, and Danny says they should take the night off, because they've been working non stop for three and a half weeks. So now it's about October 10th. That same night, Danny is watching a baseball game, and the Twins are playing the Orioles. At the time the movie was filmed, there was just one round of playoffs before the World Series, so the Series would have already begun by October 10th. Both the Twins and the Orioles are in the American League, so they couldn't have been playing each other then.

Correction: Danny may very well be watching a recording of a game between the Twins and the Orioles. My dad is a major Green Bay Packer fan and has tons of their games on tape.

Corrected entry: At the end of the scene where Danny and Sam are walking down the street pushing Sam's child in a stroller they are both on the sidewalk. Danny opens his car door and looks back at Sam and Sam is now up a flight of stairs with the stroller.

Correction: There is a short amount of time Sam is out of the picture and it is long enough for him to have carried the stroller up the steps.

Mister Ed

Corrected entry: In the opening scene with the Marines marching, many of the Marines have blood stripes (those are the red stripes going down the dress blues). The problem is that a few of the guys are Lance Cpls and under- you must be a Cpl. to receive your blood stripes.

Correction: Having just watched the opening scene, there are very few marines in the drill team with blood stripes on their trousers. However. all of the PFCs and Lance Corporals are wearing trousers without blood stripes.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Markinson surprises Danny in the backseat of his car you can tell he is not really driving the car because it is a straight road and he is constantly turning the wheel back and forth.

Correction: Danny drives an old car from the 60s that has never been restored, so the steering would be VERY loose. Even on straight roads you would have to move the steering wheel a lot just to make small corrections.

Corrected entry: Danny is at softball practice when Commander Galloway confronts him about the case. Since it is early October when the story takes place, they would not be playing softball.

Correction: Why can't you play softball in October? I spent 20 years in the military and there was always a Fall and a Spring softball league. Many games were played in October.

Corrected entry: In the first scene with Danny and Jo, in her office, one button on his shirt is buttoned, unbuttoned, and buttoned again. Also, there is a stain on his shirt, and then it's gone, and the apple gets bigger as he eats it.

Correction: If any button on Kaffee's uniform was undone, his shirt would be halfway open. The buttons stay the same and the stain is always there. It just looks different as camera and light angles change.

Corrected entry: At the end, Dawson and Downey were convicted only of "conduct unbecoming a U.S. Marine," a charge they would not have received a Dishonorable Discharge for; they would probably have received a General Discharge, or at worst a Bad Conduct Discharge.

Correction: The discharge is not directly related to the charge. The court-martial decides what type of punishment to hand down. Clearly since Santiago died, they felt the Dishonorable Discharge was warranted.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Prior to leaving for Cuba, Demi Moore (who is wearing whites) reminds Cruise (who is wearing khakis) that the uniform requirement for the base is whites. Upon their arrival in Guantanamo, Demi is wearing khakis and Cruise and his partner are wearing whites.

Correction: Demi Moore never mentions the uniform requirement is whites. Kevin Pollack mentions prior to their arrival in Cuba to wear whites. It wasn't because it was a requirement, but because of the heat.

Corrected entry: After Dawson and Lt. Caffey have their heated argument Lt. Caffey storms out of the interrogation room. He stops at the door and asks Dawson why he isn't saluting a superior officer leaving the room. The fuming Dawson gets up and defiantly jabs his hands in his pockets. Dawson is actually following correct procedures. Military prisoners are not allowed to salute anyone.

Correction: This is more a mistake on Lt. Caffey's part, whether deliberate or not. He knows that Dawson should not salute him, but he wants to make a point about outranking Dawson.


Marines are not allowed to put their hands in their pockets; it is against regulations. Dawson doing so is a major "screw you" to Caffey and the regs in general.

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.

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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.

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

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