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Story

When John Travolta first opens his mouth during the opening credits of The General's Daughter and speaks in a terrible Southern cracker drawl, one briefly hopes that the movie will turn out to be just as hilariously bad. Unfortunately, the accent is soon revealed to be part of a disguise, and the movie is just as quickly unveiled as a clumsy, run-of-the-mill potboiler. A female officer is discovered strangled and tied to the ground; she's the title character, and because of the general's political ambitions, the mystery of who did it and why has to be wrapped up in 36 hours by Travolta and fellow CID officer Madeleine Stowe (Last of the Mohicans, 12 Monkeys). Sexual violence and lurid S&M have been thrown in to shore up the incomprehensible plot, but that only adds to the queasy atmosphere. The supporting actors--an impressive collection including James Woods (Salvador), Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People), and James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential)--don't embarrass themselves, but even they can't make sense of their blustering, macho dialogue. It's amazing that screenwriter William Goldman (who wrote such great and genuinely thrilling films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, All the President's Men, and Misery) left his name attached to this script; there's no sign of his usual skill and intelligence. Madeleine Stowe, a graceful presence in any film, is equally wasted. Directed with a lot of empty flash by Simon West (Con Air). --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

John TravoltaWarr. Off. Paul Brenner
Madeleine StoweWarr. Off. Sara Sunhill
James CromwellLt. Gen. Joseph Campbell
Timothy HuttonCol. William Kent
Leslie StefansonCapt. Elizabeth Campbell
Daniel von BargenPolice Chief Yardley
Clarence Williams IIICol. George Fowler
James WoodsCol. Robert Moore
Mark Boone JuniorDalbert Elkins
Brad BeyerCapt. Bransford

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Simon West
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 116 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 18, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 14, 1999
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