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The Great Santini

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Original title
The Great Santini
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Pat Conroy, Lewis John Carlino (Novel: Pat Conroy)
Elmer Bernstein
Ralph Woolsey
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Orion Pictures
Drama | Army
Movie Groups
Pat Conroy Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
The four Meechum kids and their mother move from Marine post to Marine post, following their father, a pilot, in the peaceful years before the Vietnam war. Bull Meechum, the self-described "great Santini," is manic: a martinet at once enthusiastic and abusive of his family. In Beaufort, South Carolina, Bull is assigned to whip into shape a squadron of pilots, and Ben makes friends with Toomer, a slow-talking Black youth. Racial and family tensions explode in violence, and Ben must find a way to make peace with his father.
1980: Academy Awards: 2 Nominations: Best Actor (Robert Duvall) and Supp. Actor (O'Keefe)
1980: Golden Globes: Nominated for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male (Michael O'Keefe)
1980: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Robert Duvall)
1980: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Actor (Robert Duvall)
1980: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Drama Screenplay
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