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Based on the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American to break the color barrier in the U.S. Navy's diving program, this biography is a straightforward no-frills tribute. Played by Gooding, Brashear comes across as the very embodiment of perseverence, as shown in his rise from sharecropper's son to military man. De Niro plays Billy Sunday, a racist training officer whose discrimination nearly kills Brashear on several occasions before Brashear earns Sunday's respect. As Brashear's career advances, Sunday's declines due to drunkenness and insubordination. When Brashear loses his leg in the line of duty, the now-recovered Sunday helps him retrain using a prosthetic leg. The character of Billy Sunday is actually a composite drawn from many men in Carl Brashear's military career.

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Available on Running time 129 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Deep Blue, Military: Navy, Sea Disasters, Scuba, Biopics: Military, True Stories
Scott Marshall Smith
Cuba Gooding, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Hal Holbrook, Powers Boothe, Aunjanue Ellis, Joshua Leonard, David Conrad, Glynn Turman, Holt McCallany, Lonette McKee, Carl Lumbly
Anthony B. Richmond
George Tillman
Mark Isham

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Men of Honor
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Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) had to quit school when he was in the 7th grade to work on his family's farm, so he didn't have a lot of education. But he had a dream to become the first African-American to make the U.S. Navy's Diving program. So he joins the Navy and his chief Billy Sunday (Robert DeNiro) is given orders from his commanding officer to see that Carl fails just because of his color. Carl even saves one of his fellow divers and he isn't acknowledged for doing so, they gave the medal of honor to the diver that left the man that Carl saved. Carl and Billy have a lot to overcome but in the end they both help each other. Carl has to get his leg amputated and Billy is a recovering alcoholic. This film was made in 2000 and is based on a true story. This movie is excellent and it is great to see that two people from different walks of life eventually become friends and overcome racism.