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
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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

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.

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: 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.

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Lt. Daniel Kaffee: My client is a moron. That's not against the law.

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Trivia: A Few Good Men was based loosely on an incident which involved a group of soldiers performing a hazing act on a recruit by the order of their platoon commander. The recruit nearly died, and it wasn't until the commander finally confessed in court that the soldiers were let off. This is confirmed by the director commentary.

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Question: What exactly is a Code Red?

Answer: It's something done to one trooper in a unit who is not pulling his load, to let him know his teammates are tired of him making them look bad. It can range from a beating after lights out to scrubbing a soldier who won't shower with toilet brushes and Comet. (And yes, both of those are from my own military experience, though I wasn't the victim!) It's meant to give a warning and doesn't normally harm anything but the victim's pride. They are strongly against regulations in the past year or two as several soldiers were injured by their unit getting overzealous, just like in the movie.

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