The General's Daughter

June 18, 1999 0 By Fans
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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.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.1/10 (27,266 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Simon West

Stars: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving.

Writers: Nelson DeMille, Christopher Bertolini


John Travolta

Warr. Off. Paul Brenner

Madeleine Stowe

Warr. Off. Sara Sunhill

James Cromwell

Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell

Timothy Hutton

Col. William Kent

Leslie Stefanson

Capt. Elizabeth Campbell

Daniel von Bargen

Police Chief Yardley

Clarence Williams III

Col. George Fowler

James Woods

Col. Robert Moore

Peter Weireter


Mark Boone Junior

Dalbert Elkins

John Beasley

Col. Donald Slesinger

Boyd Kestner

Capt. Jake Elby

Brad Beyer

Capt. Bransford

John Benjamin Hickey

Capt. Goodson

Rick Dial

Cal Seivers

Go behind the lies.

Release Date: 18 June 1999

Filming Locations: Savannah, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000


Opening Weekend: $22,332,053
(20 June 1999)
(2856 Screens)

Gross: $102,678,089
(10 October 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Bruce Willis was originally considered for Brenner.


In the armory scene, Belling takes an M-16 out of a box with an M-203 grenade launcher attached to it. In the next shot the grenade launcher is gone and the M-16 has standard hand guards.


[Asking about his relationship with the deceased]

Did you play together?

Colonel Robert Moore:
What a truly excellent question.

User Review

Great movie unfairly savaged by critics.

Rating: 8/10

THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER is movie that has been done before. But it knows
this and is able to look past it's cliché's and have fun with the
genre. A cop(Travolta) is called to an army base to investigate the
death of a general's daughter after she has been raped and beat to
death and left naked and tied to the ground with tent stakes. It's a
ghastly sight and everyone wants him to get to the bottom of it as soon
as possible. The problem is that EVERYONE has something to hide or is
hiding someone who has something to hide. This has an all-star cast and
they are terrific. The story is well written and the cast has some fun
with it along the way. Director Simon West knows how to tell the story
with a slight tongue and cheek flavor and still maintain the very
serious nature of the subject matter. The action sequences are very
well choreographed and the climax is pretty intense. 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. No matter
if the critics thumbed their elitist nose's at it. They're loss is our
average Joe's gain. ***1/2 out of 4.