The General's Daughter (1999) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Simon West
Stars: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe
Length: 116 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 56 out of 278 found boring (20.14%)

One-line Reviews (207)

As for the directions the movie takes, the development of the investigation is predictable and the good explanations for the main suspense case are soon overwhelmed by nonsense or cliché explanations and reasons of the main characters.

Much of the investigation feels rather mundane, only to be punctuated by the overly gratuitous nature of the crimes involved.

For once, I'd like to see one of these high octane directors (Michael Bay, West or Tony Scott) take on a project with some depth and complexity rather than these banal popcorn flicks.

Instead, this really smelled like a way for the producers to exploit some S&M fantasies while scolding men for engaging in -- S&M fantasies!

Spend your money on something worthwhile and entertaining, like "Besieged".

Very enjoyable.....

Nonetheless, some really outstanding acting, and a few very compelling scenes in a mediumly-scripted version of what I've heard is a brilliant novel.

However, despite its somewhat perfunctory development, 'The General's Daughter' remains an enjoyable, and surprisingly engrossing, experience principally owing to the performances of John Travolta, James Woods, the increasingly watchable James Cromwell and a redundant, but nonetheless engaging, Madeleine Stowe.

You do have to think about who the killer might be throughout the movie,and ,looking back,there were an engaging list of charecters to choose from,and,if I'd concentrated and used my brain a bit more during the course of the film,I could possibly have made it a more interesting experience than it already was,had the initial revelation of the story been not so straightforward Simon West style.

Strong and intriguing plot based on a novel,how the whole facts were inside the US Army probably the writer inspired in something alike that should happened in the past..and the picture works and hold you for a clever screenplay,the main cast carry on the story as good thriller,intense for a type of a so daring subject...

Travolta is at his best in this suspenseful thriller that places him between the proverbial rock and hard place.

The plot was not overly complicated and easy to follow - signs of good pacing from a decent director, it was an excellent tale of revenge - I enjoyed it - and if you normally don't like these types of movies - then ignore what you consider these types - because it isn't - it's on it's own class.

This looks stunning on DVD.

Oh, and this for the ones who thought the rape and bondage scenes intriguing, rent a porno, may I suggest "Army Sluts".

Happily it rises above their standard and I found this to be really quite enjoyable with the pace and energy of the film covering over the slightly convoluted plot.

Very entertaining.

It has the most stunning soundtrack I have encountered for a long time.

However the plot was shaky, unrealistic and a little hard to follow.

But West does a great job of keeping the material exciting.

Overall quite enjoyable and even amusing .

On the other hand, the movie has an outstanding cast, is well acted and is engaging from beginning to end.

It was the worst kind of dry, macho, Hollywood drivel imaginable, with lots of frowning men trying to look intense, and lots of pretentious posturing and "you don't know how high this thing goes!

I strongly recommend this exciting thriller to anyone bored with the standard fare.

Considering the drawn out topic, its above average in its field.

For a movie that pretends to be so self-righteous, a lot of unrighteousness sure gets swept under the carpet so the contrived ending can take place.

This is an entertaining movie to watch - mostly because John Travolta is really interesting in his role.

The General's Daughter pulls out all the stops to give you an unpredictable ride,you won't soon forget!.

James Woods plays Colonel Robert Moore who is Elisabeth's mentor and he shares some fairly intense scenes with Paul before and after he is thrown in jail.

The main theme of rape is dicey to begin with, but the movie's confusing plot line does nothing to add to the filmmaker's stand.

A well-made, suspenseful mystery/thriller.

First of all, some parts became boring and did not focus much on the plot.

There are lots of orange filters, helicopters flying around, various shots of cool military stuff, dramatic music and slow mo close ups of things falling to the ground.

John Travolta stars in an entertaining thriller/who dunnit about a Generals daughter who is murdered under very strange curcumstancies and the ensuing investigation which at every turn brings up a new lead and a new suspect.

Just breathtaking...

Spiced up with violence and sex and a pretty naked girl, it's still more suited for deep overthinking than for perching on the edge of one's seat.

A summer movie either needs a killer plot that keeps you hanging on or enough bloody violence and explosion that lack of plot doesn't matter.

entertaining sleaze .

It's mystery IS compelling for the majority of the film, which is nicely photographed and well-made.

There is a scene in the film that I found engaging when Paul is told by General Campbell "You're going to have to decide on this one, Paul.

It was a great way to spend two hours,therefore,I highly recommend it.

It's sexist, racist, and revels in drawn-out shots of the title character's dead body.

Weak and trite.

But even if, her role was empty, and her relationship with Travolta went nowhere.

Ultimate Unbelievable and Boring .

The worst movie I ever saw is rated like a 9 by critics, "Death in Venice" They are just movies - and not many of you here are going to be Ebert and his buddies?


A crashing bore of a movie, and a pretty nasty bore at that.

I cannot explain why, maybe a magnificent cinematographer is all a film needs, but it is riveting viewing.

Don't waste your time .

The stakes are high and the pressure on the investigator is enormous but his determination to see the job through provides the basis for this thoroughly absorbing tale of corruption, cover-ups and one of the worst forms of betrayal imaginable.

Worth watching!

The narrative is strong & completely compelling.

This film is not only offensive and gratuitous, it is also very dull.

Brilliant, powerful, and gripping Mystery / Thriller.

I am sorry to admit that this was the first time I fell asleep in a cinema.

Compared with the gruesome murder scenes in, say, "Seven", which horrify by presenting brief glimpses and letting the imagination do the rest, these scenes are drawn-out and heavy-handed.

John Travolta's performance is fine, if a little uneven, and Madeleine Stowe is good, but somewhat limited by a script which is sometimes banal, particularly in her lines.

Ridiculously contrived story about the going's on behind the scenes in the US military.

After reading the very entertaining novel by Nelson De Mille, I was prepared for 2 hours of action and suspense, boy, was I wrong.

Still, there are some enjoyable points, like the astonishing cinematography, largely in sick yellow and always sweaty; it gives the feeling that all the characters were imprisoned in some hellhole.

Too many bad jokes and one liners (even though there is a delicious joke about lawyers), and a few pointless subplots plague the story, and inevitably sink this movie onto the levil of the typical MOR action movie.

James Cromwell was good as the General but certainly not good enough to salvage this, cliche filled, effort.

They show that's its not all spit-and-polish, snappy salutes and marching in formation.

Gen Joseph Campbell is one to remember,and very suspenseful.

It is exciting, thrilling and suspenseful and addition to this John Travolta gives a powerhouse performance.

Here's an example of how trite some of the dialogue is.

And you can see that James Woods tried hard to infuse some sparkle into the insipid lines and to bring some depth into the shallow and cliché-ridden character he plays.

I thought this movie was an interesting movie, but it was predictable.


An entertaining, above average thriller.

The long, complicated answer to the whodunit seems tacked on, and much of the story is advanced by conversations and cliche interrogation scenes.

She's smart, clever and the scenes between her and Travolta were enjoyable.

beautifully filmed,entertaining drama.

" Madeleine Stowe plays Travoltas investigative sidekick expertly well adding EXTRA tension to a script that already has the viewer on the edge of their seat.

John Travolta trades his boogie shoes for Army boots as he delves into a deep-dish mystery of sex, duty, and passion, and while he and the rest of a strong cast serve up some entertaining performances, the movie at the center of things feels simultaneously overdone and half-baked.

Entertaining, no more no less .

My friends were overwhelmed by an intense rape scene.

The rest of the cast turns in relatively weak performances, especially James Cromwell in a tedious outing as the villain of the piece.

The story with the power of a sledge hammer presents powerful scenes toward the end making the film well worth watching.

THe interactions between him and Travolta's character were the most entertaining parts of the movie, and worth the price of admission.

A really good movie, with an excellent cast, and a really thrilling plot.

This is only the stuff of an empty headed action film, and we later realise has nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

The acting is extraordinary and the story strong, but the director chose to use his camera to manipulate the audience by using every visual cliche available.

The General's Daughter was an intriguing story but it had so many plot fillers and gaps that you leave the theater feeling, well, cheated.

Very good enjoyable movie.

Lots Of Pluses and Minuses, But Entertaining .

From the opening credits through bloody-pawed cats and Carmina Burana to the final rainy blast this is a highly contrived film.

Would it be suspenseful?

compelling mystery....

Those expecting something synonymous with his name will be disappointed, those looking for recognisable names and faces in role you know they can play in their sleep on top of what is a rather engaging narrative of depravity and inner-filth will not be.

Despite a derivative storyline with several genre clichés, The General's Daughter remains entertaining as a murder mystery.

one of the worst movies i have ever seen, and just about the most depressing you can imagine.

While far from a great story, this is still an absorbing one.

Though based on true events, the film's screenplay fails to develop a particularly compelling or surprising story, settling instead for a gallery of essentially stereotypical characters.

this movie has a superior cast; is wonderfully shot and edited, with an engaging plot line.

Unless you're home, snowbound (or something of the sort), there is nothing else to do or watch and this movie is on TV, you're probably better off engaging in some other activity...

A very entertaining film from start to finish, and a true murder mystery of greater proportions.

But it knows this and is able to look past it's cliché's and have fun with the genre.

Flawed but gripping movie, violence is difficult to watch.

Although I had the beginning of "American Dream" in my head, I still enjoyed it.

I just have some complains due to the fact that until 40~50 minutes the film is a little boring, having too many names and faces.

The circumstances of the killing are bizarre and the search for the truth unearths a number of unexpected findings that could potentially derail careers, cause great embarrassment to certain individuals and seriously damage the reputation of the Army.

The ending is disappointing to say the least, and I left the theater feeling cheated.

A few scenes are such clever rip-offs, they're nearly intriguing .

A violent, flawed, but ultimately quite entertaining movie.

JT soon dons a shabby raincoat and this becomes a mundane whodunit.

The witty remarks between him and Travolta are really what make this film worth watching.

I was quite surprised,by how engaging it truly was,the 6.1 rating is horribly low,for the quality of this film.

On a closing note, I wish people would stop repeating the plot in their reviews: it's boring, redundant and does not provide a bit of film analysis.

The ending was quite empty; even though I liked the twist involving James Woods' character.

The story is so intricate that it's hard to follow.

It makes for relatively uninteresting cinema.

The scenes between Travolta and suspect James Woods have a crackling and unpredictable energy.

This movie was watchable, certainly not one of the worst I've ever seen, but it was loaded with every kind of cinematic cliche-the answerable-to-no-one style of the military, the pairing of former lovers to solve a crime, the harrowing descent of the victim before her demise.

Some snappy dialogue helps move things along.

Whether he is a soldier first or a Police Officer may have a bearing on what he does with the truth once he has it in this compelling and complex mystery.


Also unnecessary and quite trite was the affair that happened years ago between Travolta and Stowe.

The movie was a tense, well acted but cliche ridden murder/mystery.

Things picked up after about thirty minutes and an interesting plot seemed to be unfolding, notwithstanding a totally pointless distracting sideline -- a hokey, done-a-thousand-times-better bit of turf-war animosity between a civilian cop and the swaggering military investigator (Travolta).

The brief moments John Travolta and James Woods try to one-up, compliment, and simultaneously insult one-another are in a grandiose Tom Cruise/Jack Nicholson "Few Good Men" style that demands that you be compelled, even if you know there's probably a more intriguing interrogatory storyline on this afternoon's Judge Judy.

Clues are regularly served up on silver platters, and the entire film is dragged along by the convenient action of minor characters.

The film is so precise in its dialogue, so intelligent in its story, so tense in its confrontations, and so brutal in its subject matter that this can only be described as one of the years most intriguing movies.

Pretentious, slow, and often boring.

A very entertaining film in all respects, I thought.

One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

While The General's daughter is a well-made and gripping thriller, the message it professes to deliver is two-faced.

Father Christmas types with a toothful of grins and a kid at each arms, as in the nazis/Russians/US propaganda pictures ?

Firstly, I'd like to say that the movie IS worth watching, especially if you're flicking through the channels on TV and it happens to be playing.

But it is a tremendously unpleasant film to watch and though there are some really good scenes (I loved the scene of Stowe getting the captain to confess all about the rape), many scenes just seemed contrived and fell flat.

The story and plot are both extremely distasteful - but in the hands of a talented director, we might've actually been forced to face this issue as adult filmgoers - instead - we get essentially a slick snuff film - juvenile, sleazy exploitation that's just pointless.

He's menacing, suspect, yet still sensual -- in a way that is both frightening and intriguing.

Sadly, at this point the film makers decided to make it a propaganda film by shamefully manipulating the audience.

The General's Daughter's actually a bit boring.

Travolta does his role justice where the character could easily have been played mundane at best and horrid at worst.

It all just seemed a bit haphazard and disjointed - and the ending didn't satisfy either.


There's too much of an attempt to set this up as a "mystery thriller" so that it actually ended up becoming rather dull waiting to see it through to its inevitable conclusion.

Travolta delivery all as top billing actor and James Woods has a great performance and the unexpected stand the audience until to the final!!!

Everything was going fine until the whole thing was wrapped up in an unexpected way that didn't seem to have any real purpose except to put the blame on the guy you least expected, which was a little too cliched for my tastes.

Great movie, tense and suspenseful .

Slick and engrossing.

Kudos on the director and cast for taking this difficult storyline and making into a powerful and exciting drama.

Sometimes boring.

Do yourself a favour, save your money and don't go see this movie.

There is one particular line in the film where Travolta describes what precautionary measures one must do in this day and age before engaging in sexual intercourse that had me laughing for at least five minutes after the joke was over.

It will often leave you on the edge of your seat,while entertaining you in the process.

An intense thriller full of twists and turns .

Unfortunately, anyone relying on this for their adrenaline fix, will be sadly disappointed:, the plot is weak, the overacting is painful ( Clarence Williams III as Colonel Fowler looks like he is in agony in every scene) action is AWOL for most of the movie, and the "surprises" aren't.

But that's only the beginning of the sleazy, distasteful imagery which Travolta and his partner (Stowe) become immersed in.

A well made and suspenseful, though grisly, mystery .

One of the most thrilling movies and i would love to see John Travolta to play a role in like this movie again

This is a corny and predictable film.

Pretty entertaining .

Yet at times contrived lighting and set design clearly take precedence over content and this runs the risk of turning the film into an exercise in self-parody.

Not travolta's best film, but it is very enjoyable.

The investigation given by Brenner (Travolta) and Sarah Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) starts somehow confusing and as it keeps going it keeps getting less confusing.

I left the theater thinking of what a great cast did for this film.

The point of clear fiction aside, the story is intriguing.

So if you are looking for a familiar but really good, intense, and exciting action murder mystery THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is well worth seeing.

He is perfectly casted and recites his dialog in such a way that during his confronting scenes, the audience is on the edge of their seats and breathless.

I leave you to see "The General's Daughter," a well made and intense thriller to start the summer season.

"The General's Daughter" is a masterfully suspenseful thriller in which the audience can only try to guess what the truth is.

With a surprise ending that was so contrived, in the light of the serious subject matter, that it came across almost as a comedy.

The third worst movie ever made .


Well made film version of the thrilling Nelson DeMille novel that has it all, including a fine performance from Travolta as the investigator who searches for the truth surrounding the murder of the general's daughter.

This movie was one big cliche.

This is a solid, tightly crafted flick and though not a defining moment in film making history, it is an enjoyable and entertaining film worth seeing.

Formulaic but enjoyable .

But I was left feeling empty about this film; the plot; the characters; and their hidden "double" personalities just didn't ring true to me; or have any depth either.

The whole movie was thrilling from beginning to end, and I'm looking forward to purchasing it when it is released to the public.

So unbearable I almost shut the movie off, Thank God that did not last very long.

Though his character was poorly written and bland (so not all the fault falls on him), he looks tired and bored during most of the scenes, and is hardly any fun to watch.

Contrived .

Aside from the baggage of the many villainous roles he's played, which sit in the back of the viewer's mind and enhance the uncertainties of this story, Colonel Moore is just the most fascinating character here.

If you're looking for an intelligent, gripping movie that keeps you interested from beginning to end, you'll find it in this one.

Some of other commenters have noted this movie's characteristic, tiresome Hollywood anti-military component.

The General's Daughter is a slick,engrossing murder mystery,That'll keep you guessing.

This movie is a waste of time.

Hard to say anything against this; it is a very entertaining movie with good dialogues and very solid to brilliant acting by everyone, the story is full of variety and you never know really what will come next, and finally this movie has a (feministic) message and is based on a real story.

A derivative murder mystery, but an enjoyable one .

If you can overlook Travolta's accent, James Woods and James Cromwell's miscasting, and a southern county sheriff storyline that is unnecessary as it advances the film none and is there only to make fun of southerners, then the movie is worth watching right up until the final 10 minutes.

An endless line of predictable clichés.

The plot is - at best - average and extremely predictable.

The film is engaging although disappointing in the end.

I personally enjoyed it after even just seeing it on the video tape.

A movie that starts out well, then becomes very unbelievable and boring.

There was a scene when James Wood and Travolta was engaged in a intense dialogue...

Excellent murder mystery, very suspenseful, very intriguing .

i found this movie very riveting and engaging,although very disturbing.

The plot is compelling and suspenseful, the acting is generally superb, and the script does not let down either.

" Most of The General's Daughter is by-the-numbers, but a few scenes are such clever rip-offs, they're nearly intriguing.

This film has a really intriguing plot.

The action sequences are very well choreographed and the climax is pretty intense.

A little predictable.

He is riveting, humourous and effective in the new film, "The General's Daughter," as he tries to solve a bizarre murder, which forms the center of the story.

It's a shame that the season of Arlington Road and The Sixth Sense had also such predictable movies.

The real cast highlight for me, however, is the stunning Madeleine Stowe (remember her from 1992's excellent "Last of the Mohicans"?

My wife and I recently saw a fascinating documentary on prostitutes.

A boring suspence, actionless action, senseless drama film.

Naw, just wait for it to come out on Showtime when you're really bored.

After Stefanson is brutally murdered, after an apparent gang rape, Travolta is teamed with a former girlfriend (Madelaine Stowe, looking even more drab than usual).

The General's Daughter is quite a compelling film with particularly outstanding performances from James Cromwell and James Woods.

There's also a breathtaking shot of West Point, NY, where a small portion of the story takes place.

Simon West wanted to make something slow after the Con Air.

One problem with the movie is that Travolta and Stowe get off to a slow start.