A Few Good Men (Legal Review Edition)

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Original Release Date:
1992
Original Running Time:
138
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
119
Time Cut:
19
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
"YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!" is iconic. It's an awesome punchline to a very good movie. But not an awesome movie. To fix that, this edit remedies many legal inaccuracies, improves the pacing, and makes the hero more likable and the heroine less inept.
Intention:
An online review by two lawyers made me realize that my enthusiasm to rewatch the movie is largely tempered by the legal moments that break my suspension of disbelief.
I cut as much as possible of the points they criticize (Tom Cruise and Kevin Bacon still walk around the courtroom and don't formally submit items for evidence, but there's no solution to that without access to the master files).
While doing that, I trimmed moments that needlessly made Cruise unlikable, Moore less competent, or were simple filler.
The result is a faster-paced, legally more accurate courtroom drama.
Other Sources:
Freesound.org
Special Thanks:
Moe_Syzlak for sharing the Toy Story tune "You can't handle the truth".
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
- Used the 4K blu-ray as source (converted to 1080p and BT.709 colorspace using Handbrake).
- Lots of trims and cuts (19 minutes) to a) legal inaccuracies, b) moments where Cruise was needlessly annoying, c) moments where Moore was needlessly imcompetent, d) filler shots that didn't advance the story.
- One scene was shifted in the timeline (a flashback now opens the movie, making it play chronological).
- Sound replacement around one transition (using Freesound.org 's excellent archive).
- Subtitles edited accordingly.
Cover art by lapis molari (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0(1)
Visual Editing
 
10.0(1)
Audio Editing
 
10.0(1)
Narrative
 
8.0(1)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(1)
(Updated: January 21, 2023)
Overall rating
 
9.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
10.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
8.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
Star appeal all over this one. One can handle the truth.

It was bold to remove the emotional engagement with the victim by way of leaving out the Code Red itself. Its a court case drama and is about the acting. Getting straight into the intrigue is the way to go.

Really I need to watch the original again to comment further as had been decades since the VHS machine died when it chewed the tape from this movie. I watched it too many times. Its got a vibe. So went and bought it on Blu-ray and thought I'd check out a fan-edit before watching it. Its good. Basically this feels like that movie but with greater focus I can say for sure. I did feel that the defendants were missing some character that the Code Red scene and some of the other missing shots added. Some revellations of important relevances. Those dreams of belonging. The dream of strength being a virtue. American stuff!!

Been through the Blu-ray now and can safely say Demi Moore is HOT!!!

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Yes
Format Watched?
Digital
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