The Great Santini

The Great Santini

DVD - 1999
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A tough career marine, dissapointed that he has no war to fight, runs his household like a book camp to the great distress of his emotionally-torn adolescent son.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©1999.
ISBN: 9780790742793
0790742799
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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ZoltanKozak
Oct 22, 2019

When it came to "The Great Santini's" title character, Wilbur "Bull" Meechum (annoyingly played by Robert Duvall) - I couldn't identify with this demanding, psychotic man nor with his screwy actions either.

IMO - If this story about out-of-kilter family dysfunction had been billed as a twisted comedy, then, yes, it would've had some entertainment value.

But, as 1979's "The Great Santini" stood (with Robert Duvall chewing up the scenery through the obsessions of his one-note character) I found that the cringe-worthy aspect of this story never allowed me to muster up even the slightest bit of sympathy for any of the decidedly pathetic characters portrayed in this picture.

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kpelish
Apr 25, 2017

Robert Duvall does a good job in portraying a rigid, abusive military hero whose entitlement and narcissism molds a family that struggles in different ways to express their own individuality. Watching him repeatedly beat his son with basketball blows to the head to "toughen 'im up" is hard to stomach, as is threatening him not to come home unless he literally kneecaps a basketball opponent. You have to answer for yourself whether a heroic act expunges all his actions. Set in 1962, a long time ago, and surely the Marine Corps has evolved its sense of honor and family since then.

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kpelish
Apr 25, 2017

kpelish thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Apr 25, 2017

Other: Domestic violence

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