The General's Daughter

June 18th, 1999


The General's Daughter

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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (27,266 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Simon West

Stars: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving.

Writers: Nelson DeMille, Christopher Bertolini

John Travolta - Warr. Off. Paul Brenner
Madeleine Stowe - Warr. Off. Sara Sunhill
James Cromwell - Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell
Timothy Hutton - Col. William Kent
Leslie Stefanson - Capt. Elizabeth Campbell
Daniel von Bargen - Police Chief Yardley
Clarence Williams III - Col. George Fowler
James Woods - Col. Robert Moore
Peter Weireter - Belling
Mark Boone Junior - Dalbert Elkins
John Beasley - Col. Donald Slesinger
Boyd Kestner - Capt. Jake Elby
Brad Beyer - Capt. Bransford
John Benjamin Hickey - Capt. Goodson
Rick Dial - Cal Seivers

Taglines: Go behind the lies.

Release Date: 18 June 1999

Filming Locations: Savannah, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $22,332,053 (USA) (20 June 1999) (2856 Screens)

Gross: $102,678,089 (USA) (10 October 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Bruce Willis was originally considered for Brenner.

Continuity: In the armory scene, Belling takes an M-16 out of a box with an M-203 grenade launcher attached to it. In the next shot the grenade launcher is gone and the M-16 has standard hand guards.

[Asking about his relationship with the deceased]
Brenner: Did you play together?
Colonel Robert Moore: What a truly excellent question.

User Review

Great movie unfairly savaged by critics.

Rating: 8/10

THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is movie that has been done before. But it knows this and is able to look past it's cliché's and have fun with the genre. A cop(Travolta) is called to an army base to investigate the death of a general's daughter after she has been raped and beat to death and left naked and tied to the ground with tent stakes. It's a ghastly sight and everyone wants him to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible. The problem is that EVERYONE has something to hide or is hiding someone who has something to hide. This has an all-star cast and they are terrific. The story is well written and the cast has some fun with it along the way. Director Simon West knows how to tell the story with a slight tongue and cheek flavor and still maintain the very serious nature of the subject matter. The action sequences are very well choreographed and the climax is pretty intense. So if you are looking for a familiar but really good, intense, and exciting action murder mystery THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is well worth seeing. No matter if the critics thumbed their elitist nose's at it. They're loss is our average Joe's gain. ***1/2 out of 4.


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