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A FEW GOOD MEN (article first published : 2002-03-18)

Currently running at the Hilton College Theatre is a Hilton College production titled A Few Good Men. Directed by Antony Lovell, it runs until March 21.

The play poses the following questions: How far can you go to protect the top man?; How long can the authorities cover up corruption within their own organisation?, and How important are codes of honour?

Set in 1986 in the US Marines, Erin Sorkin's play is the text upon which the Tom Cruise movie was based. Although written as a play and not as a film script, the pace is fast and movie-like.

A young recruit is not up to scratch so the platoon arranges a "Code Red" - a form of unofficial punishment. The recruit dies and two soldiers are arrested. The subsequent court case, driven by a woman, strives to find out if the code Red was simply carried out by the soldiers or if it was secretly approved by the authorities and then covered up by them.




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