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With: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, James Woods, Rick Dial, Leslie Stefanson, Mark Boone Junior
Written by: Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman, based on a novel by Nelson DeMille
Directed by: Simon West
MPAA Rating: R for graphic images relating to sexual violence including a strong rape scene, some perverse sexuality, nudity and language
Running Time: 116
Date: 06/15/1999

The General's Daughter (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

John Travolta stars as a rumpled army investigator in this political thriller. The sexy daughter (Leslie Stefanson) of 3-star General (James Cromwell) has been raped and murdered. Rape expert Madeleine Stowe is called in to assist Travolta and the two banter playfully. Director Simon West (Con Air) has no subtlety or technique, but the screenplay, co-written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), provides enough lucid moments to make the movie work for a while, particularly the tet-a-tet between Travolta and James Woods. The ending goes completely to ruin, however, as West throws in his usual explosions and stupid plot turns.

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