The Great Santini Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for The Great Santini the Movie

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Lt. Col. Bull Meechum, the "Great Santini," a Marine pilot stationed stateside, fights a war involving his frustrated career goals, repressed emotions, and family. His family becomes his company of marines, as he abuses them in the name of discipline, because he doesn't allow himself any other way to show his affection. With a standout performance by Duvall, the film successfully blends warm humor and tenderness with the harsh cruelties inherent with dysfunctional families and racism. Based on Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel, the movie was virtually undistributed when first released, but re-released due to critical acclaim.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, American South, Books to Film: Pat Conroy, Bad Dads
Lewis John Carlino
Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Julie Ann Haddock, Lisa Jane Persky, David Keith
Ralph Woolsey
Lewis John Carlino
Elmer Bernstein
Orion Pictures


Montreal World Film Fest. 1980: Actor (Duvall).

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