The Great Santini

The Great Santini

DVD - 2013
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Bill Meechum is one of nature's hard cases, an ace marine fighter pilot so adept at his lethal trade that they call him The Great Santini. But now it's peacetime, 1962. More at home playing 'top gun' in the cockpit than playing father in his own living room, he's become that most useless of all figures: a warrior without a war. Based on Pat Conroy's best-selling autobiographical novel, Meechum's battleground is the family home, with his objective to mold his oldest son in his own rigid image.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2013, c1979.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: GREA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Duvall, Robert
Danner, Blythe

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Apr 25, 2017

Robert Duvall does a good job in portraying a rigid, abusive military hero whose entitlement and narcissism molds a family that struggles in different ways to express their own individuality. Watching him repeatedly beat his son with basketball blows to the head to "toughen 'im up" is hard to stomach, as is threatening him not to come home unless he literally kneecaps a basketball opponent. You have to answer for yourself whether a heroic act expunges all his actions. Set in 1962, a long time ago, and surely the Marine Corps has evolved its sense of honor and family since then.

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Apr 25, 2017

kpelish thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Apr 25, 2017

Other: Domestic violence

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