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The General's Daughter is a 1999 American mystery thriller film directed by Simon West from a screenplay co-written by Christopher Bertolini and William Goldman, based on the novel of the same name by Nelson DeMille. It stars John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, and James Woods. The plot concerns the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent Army general. The General's Daughter received negative reviews from critics, but was a box-office success, grossing $149.7 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $60 to $95 million.

The General's Daughter

While in Georgia, Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, an undercover agent of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, masquerades as First Sergeant Frank White to broker an illegal arms trade with a self-proclaimed freedom fighter. At Fort MacCallum, Brenner gets a flat tire and Captain Elisabeth Campbell, a psychological operations officer and the daughter of Lieutenant General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Campbell, the base commander, helps him change it. The next evening she is found murdered. The base provost marshal, Colonel William Kent, secures the crime scene. Brenner and rape specialist Warrant Officer Sara Sunhill are brought in to investigate. They receive Elisabeth's records and notice that her grades plummeted her second year at West Point. Brenner wants to search Elisabeth's house, but Kent declines because it is off-base and therefore outside their jurisdiction.

Realizing that Kent releasing Moore from prison, taking Elisabeth's keys, and sleeping with her makes him a suspect, Brenner learns that Kent is at the crime scene with Sunhill and wants him to join them. At the scene, Kent admits his obsession with Elisabeth and that after he found her at the staged scene, upset over her father being unmoved by her effort, she dismissed Kent and spat in his face. Enraged, he strangled her. After admitting to murdering Moore to evade detection, Kent then commits suicide by stepping on a mine. As Campbell prepares to board the plane to accompany Elisabeth's body to the funeral, Brenner confronts him and blames him for her death, explaining that his betrayal effectively killed her and Kent just put her out of her misery. Though Campbell warns him to keep silent, Brenner has him court-martialed for conspiracy to conceal a crime, ruining the general's career.

On the day Elisabeth's body is to be put to rest, Brenner has one final confrontation with Gen. Campbell. Facing his former commander, the man he once idolized, Brenner berates him for choosing his career over his daughter. Elisabeth had been dying ever since Campbell told her to forget the rape, Brenner argues, and Kent only finished it. By holding Campbell accountable for the cover-up, the film points to the corruption and rot that has taken hold in the military and allows abuse to thrive, rather than simply labeling Kent as one bad apple.

Captain Ann Campbell is a West Point graduate, the daughter of legendary General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is the pride of Fort Hadley until, one morning, her body is found, naked and bound, on the firing range.

Parents need to know that The General's Daughter is a mystery thriller with a very graphic rape scene, sex tapes, murder, suicides, guns, blood, and language. John Travolta stars as Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner who is investigating the rape and murder of the daughter of a high-ranking general, played by James Cromwell. The movie attempts to tackle the weighty issue of sexual violence and discrimination of women in the army, but fails. The rape scene is very traumatic, with the film revisiting the scene in flashback throughout. There are also a number of gory deaths, some a result of suicide. One person shoots themselves in the head and another deliberately steps on a mine. A sex tape is discovered as part of the investigation and shows the participants engaging in bondage. Variants of "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," and more are heard throughout, and details of the rape are discussed explicitly. Characters are also shown smoking, both cigarettes and cigars. The film is based on the novel by Nelson DeMille and directed by Simon West best known for cult classic Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER follows Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner (John Travolta) as he investigates the murder of the daughter of the high-ranking Lieutenant General Joe Campbell (James Cromwell). Brenner is joined by fellow officer Sarah Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) and together the pair start to unravel a number of cover-ups within the army base.

The titular character is Captain Elizabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson), a specialist in psychological operations. She is the daughter of Lieutenant General Joseph Campbell (James Cromwell), an ambitious man with political aspirations. Father and daughter serve in a Georgia Army Base. Early in the film, Campbell's nude body is found staked down with tent poles, strangled, and presumably raped. Warrant officers Paul Brenner (John Travolta) and Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) are called in to investigate. 041b061a72


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