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The Generals Daughter (DVD)
Recording Studio:Paramount Pictures

The General s Daughter is a 1999 American mystery thriller film directed by Simon West from a screenplay co-written by Christopher Bertolini and William Goldman, based on the novel of the same name by Nelson DeMille. It stars John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, and James Woods. The plot concerns the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent Army general. The General s Daughter received negative reviews from critics, but was a box-office success, grossing $149.7 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $60 to $95 million.


While in Georgia, Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, an undercover agent of the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division Command, masquerades as First Sergeant Frank White to broker an illegal arms trade with a self-proclaimed freedom fighter. At Fort MacCallum, Brenner gets a flat tire and Captain Elisabeth Campbell, a psychological operations officer and the daughter of Lieutenant General Joseph Fighting Joe Campbell, the base commander, helps him change it. The next evening she is found murdered. The base provost marshal, Colonel William Kent, secures the crime scene. Brenner and rape specialist Warrant Officer Sara Sunhill are brought in to investigate. They receive Elisabeth s records and notice that her grades plummeted her second year at West Point. Brenner wants to search Elisabeth s house, but Kent declines because it is off-base and therefore outside their jurisdiction.

Picking the lock of Elisabeth s house, Brenner and Sunhill find a room containing video and BDSM equipment, but an intruder attacks him and removes the videotapes. He questions Elisabeth s superior officer, Colonel Robert Moore, whose evasiveness leads to his arrest on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer. At the crime scene, Sunhill is attacked in an attempt to intimidate her and Brenner. During the attack she notices one assailant is wearing a silver claddagh ring, and identifies him as Captain Jake Elby. At gunpoint, Elby confesses that Elisabeth was sexually promiscuous with the men on the base as part of an extensive psychological warfare campaign against her father.

Back at the jail, Kent releases Moore, confining him to quarters at his home on-base. Upon returning to Moore s home, he, Brenner, and Sunhill find him dead with an apparently self-inflicted bullet to the head, which Brenner doubts was suicide. Campbell s adjutant, Colonel George Fowler, attempts to close the investigation stating Moore killed himself out of guilt, but Brenner insists on continuing the investigation. Brenner and Sunhill travel to West Point, where Elisabeth s psychiatrist, Colonel Donald Slesinger, explains that during a training exercise seven years earlier, several cadets brutally gang-raped Elisabeth and left her naked and staked down in the same position she was found murdered, and a cadet came forward regarding the attack. Sunhill tracks down the former cadet and tricks him into admitting his presence during the attack; feeling trapped and guilt-ridden, he admits to witnessing it and explains how the male cadets hated Elisabeth, since she surpassed them as a cadet.

Brenner visits the general, who corroborates the attack and confirms that before visiting Elisabeth in the hospital, he met with another general, who felt the assailants would go undetected given the type of training exercise and stated the attack going public could ruin the concept of women in the military. Campbell reluctantly agreed and tried to convince Elisabeth to forget the attack, effectively traumatizing her. After revealing that Sunhill easily identified Elisabeth s assailants, who face 20 years in prison, Brenner deduces Elisabeth had Moore help her stage the attack scene so she could force her father to see what he covered up. Campbell states that he threatened Elisabeth with a court martial due to her affairs with multiple officers, including Kent, and that she responded to his ultimatum with the staged attack scene. Unmoved, he left her tied naked to the stakes.

Realizing that Kent releasing Moore from prison, taking Elisabeth s keys, and sleeping with her makes him a suspect, Brenner learns that Kent is at the crime scene with Sunhill and wants him to join them. At the scene, Kent admits his obsession with Elisabeth and that after he found her at the staged scene, upset over her father being unmoved by her effort, she dismissed Kent and spat in his face. Enraged, he strangled her. After admitting to murdering Moore to evade detection, Kent then commits suicide by stepping on a mine. As Campbell prepares to board the plane to accompany Elisabeth s body to the funeral, Brenner confronts him and blames him for her death, explaining that his betrayal effectively killed her and Kent just put her out of her misery. Though Campbell warns him to keep silent, Brenner has him court-martialed for conspiracy to conceal a crime, ruining the general s career.


  • John Travolta as Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner
  • Madeleine Stowe as Chief Warrant Officer Sarah Sunhill
  • James Cromwell as Lieutenant General Joe Campbell
  • Timothy Hutton as Colonel Bill Kent
  • Leslie Stefanson as Captain Elisabeth Campbell, General Campbell s daughter and Psychological Operations Officer
  • Daniel von Bargen as Chief of Police Yardley
  • Clarence Williams III as Colonel George Fowler, Adjuntant to the General
  • James Woods as Colonel Bob Moore, Elisabeth s commanding officer
  • Mark Boone Jr. as Sergeant Dalbert Elkins
  • John Beasley as Colonel Don Slesinger, Elisabeth s psychiatrist at West Point
  • Boyd Kestner as Captain Jake Elby
  • Brad Beyer as Captain Bransford
  • John Benjamin Hickey as Captain Goodson
  • John Frankenheimer as General Sonnenberg


The General s Daughter was directed by Simon West and produced by Mace Neufeld. It was an adaptation of the best-selling book of the same name, written by Nelson DeMille and published in 1992. William Goldman did some work on the script. Michael Douglas was originally attached to star.

Much of the film was filmed in various locations in and around Savannah, Georgia.

A love scene between Travolta and Stowe was cut from the final film.

Two key changes were made after test screenings: Travolta s character made a stronger moral stand at the end, and it became clearer at the beginning that he was a military investigator working undercover.

Talking about the rape scene, Leslie Stefanson said, It was horrible for me, but there was no way to avoid it. I don t want to necessarily ever do it again, but an important message could be brought up by it.


Box office

Against an estimated budget from $60 to $95 million, The General s Daughter grossed almost $103 million at the domestic box office, contributing to a worldwide gross of $150 million.

Critical response

The General s Daughter garnered generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has it at a 21% approval rating based on 89 reviews, with an average score of 4.4/10. The website s critical consensus reads: Contrived performances and over-the-top sequences offer little real drama . On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+ on scale of A to F.

Roger Ebert described The General s Daughter as well-made and with credible performances, but marred by a death scene that was so unnecessarily graphic and gruesome that by the end I felt sort of unclean. Janet Maslin of The New York Times commended Travolta for carrying the film with enjoyable ease and Bertolini and Goldman for supplying enough smart, amusing banter in his interactions with Stowe and Woods, but criticized West s direction for underutilizing good actors while pumping up the story s gratuitously ugly side with lazy fetishistic touches of its subject matter, concluding that: ll the movie cares about is the deed itself and the way it was done. Russell Smith of The Austin Chronicle gave praise to the performances of Travolta, Stowe and Woods, but felt there was a disconnect between the screenwriters and the director when crafting the narrative, concluding that: The General s Daughter inspires all kinds of cognitive dissonance with its blend of high-mindedness and cheesy titillation. Very odd, and very icky. Highly recommended for graduate psychology students in aberrant sexuality, but others can probably skip sans regret. Rolling Stone s Peter Travers also commended Travolta and Stowe for keeping the viewers attractively distracted with their chemistry and criticized West for sending his supporting cast adrift into deep-fried Freudian melodrama , calling it a lurid mess, a Southern gumbo simmering in Gothic cliche. Rita Kempley of The Washington Post criticized the film for playing up its critical look at military injustice by indulging in the misogyny of its overall plot, concluding that it doesn t provide a compelling indictment of cronyism and duplicity within the military. While coverups and sex discrimination are continuing problems throughout society, this movie isn t offering any solutions. It s having its cheesecake and eating it, too.




Paramount Pictures

Rating MPA

Not Rated

Recording Length

116 Minutes

Recording Studio

Paramount Pictures



Age Group


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1h 56min


Awards, 3 wins & 5 nominations


Simon West


Nelson DeMille, Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman


John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell

Produced by

Anson Downes, Linda Favila, Lis Kern, Jonathan D. Krane, Stratton Leopold, Mace Neufeld

Music by

Carter Burwell

Cinematography by

Peter Menzies Jr.

Film Editing by

Glen Scantlebury

Casting By

Mindy Marin

Production Design by

J. Dennis Washington

Art Direction by

Ann Harris, Thomas T. Taylor

Set Decoration by

Marvin March

Costume Design by

Erica Edell Phillips

Makeup Department

Michèle Burke, Michelle Bühler, Toni G, Susan Germaine, Will Huff, Joseph P. Hurt, Susan V. Kalinowski, Brian Penikas, Sandi Rowden, Geordie Sheffer, Joy Zapata, Carrie Angland, Alex Proctor, Mark Shostrom

Production Management

Stratton Leopold, Amy Ness, Debbie Schwab

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Steve Danton, Lorraine Fischer, Foongy Lee, Donald Sparks, Craig Hosking

Art Department

Daril Alder, Christopher Amy, Fred Apolito, Dominique Arcadio, Jeffrey J. Barrows, Paul Bartoli, Dave Brown, Mark W. Brown, Kenneth Bryant, Lorrie Campbell, Robert Camron, Frankie Cappello, Sean Carville, Rich Chirco, Lynn Christopher, Don Cooke, Gary DeBortoli, Susan Dennis, Dale DeStefani, Beverli Eagan, Bryan D. Garofalo, Geno Ghiselli, Scott Goodale, Gloria Ann Twinkle Groover, Glen E. Hawbecker, Michael P. Hunter, Tim Jackson, Al Kenders, Ward Lathrope, Tom Lifsey, Randy Martens, J. Craig Morrison, David Napoli, David J. Negron Jr., Erik L. Nelson, Margo Newman, Sean O Harra, Deborah Palmer, Frank J. Rivera, Kenneth Robertson, Doug Rosenberger, Terry Scott, Dan Simon, Dennis Steere, Ciro Vuoso, Greg Whitfield, Richard Wright, Judi Bell, Tony Chavez, Daniel B. Foster, Hugh W. Griffith III, Joshua Hunt, Héctor López, Scott Mobley, Robert Tate Nichols, Fred O Connor, Alex Sessing, Bennet Silver, Lance Totten, Jason Vanover, Scott B. Warner

Sound Department

John H. Arrufat, Bill Baldwin, Bob Baron, Joseph F. Brennan, Peter Brown, Thomas Causey, Jeff Clark, Richard Corwin, Anne Couk, Scott Curtis, Roger Fearing, Tammy Fearing, Stephen Hunter Flick, Dana Gustafson, Robin Harlan, William Jacobs, Richard Kite, Susan Kurtz, Gregg Landaker, Steve Maslow, David McDonald, Ron Meredith, Jon Michaels, Sarah Monat, Jeffrey R. Payne, Darren Polish, Andy Potvin, Carin Rogers, Randy Singer, Thomas W. Small, Beth Sterner, Robert Ulrich, David Williams, Kerry Dean Williams, Evan T. Chen, Brendan Davis, Jason England, Paula Fairfield, Frank Fleming, Christopher Flick

Special Effects by

Stan Bielowicz, Scott Blackwell, Steve Dearth, Terry Erickson, David Hill, Steve Johnson, Paul J. Lombardi, Scott D. Mattson, George Paine, Chuck E. Stewart, Christien Tinsley, Brian Van Dorn, Parry Willard, Curtis Williams, Scott Mobley, Scott Roark, Joseph Quinn Simpkins

Visual Effects by

Dennis Bredow, John Campuzano, Richard J. Cook, Shellaine Corwel, Robert D. Crotty, Archie Donato, Christina Drahos, Dorene Haver, Carl Hooper, Celine Jackson, Marc Kolbe, Jon-Marc Kortsch, Richard Lund, Jim Big Dog McLean, Craig A. Mumma, Daniel Naulin, Jeremy Nelligan, Glenn Neufeld, John Peel, Jeff Pierce, Paul Simon, Jeremy Squires, Jimmy Squires, Alette Vernon, Chris Willie Williams, Krystal Wood, Chris Crowell, Ted Fay, Phillip Lefesi, Matt Linder, Kate Neumann


Joey Box, John Branagan, Tony Brazas, Kathy Brock, Bob Brown, Keith Campbell, George B. Colucci Jr., Edward Conna, Dane Farwell, Mickey Giacomazzi, Benny Gibson, Cal Johnson, Ken Lesco, Irving E. Lewis, Dennis Madalone, Bob McGovern, Jim Palmer, Denney Pierce, Mark Riccardi, David Rowden, Myke Schwartz, Patricia Tallman, Chester E. Tripp III, Sandy Wasko, Tim Weske, Danny Wynands, Nancy Young, Matthew R. Anderson, Cory Fleming, Mark Riccardi, Lynn Salvatori, Brian J. Williams, Nancy Young

Camera and Electrical Department

Mike Akins, Michael Alexonis, Matthew E. Alper, Lee Auerbach, Steve Bacon, Glenn Ballard, Huston Beaumont, Marek Bojsza, Richard Cantu, David Conley, Glenn Corbett, D. Michael Dahlquist, Gary Dahlquist, Tony X. Deale, Rusty DeBarge, Shiloh Eck, David Ellis, Michael S. Epley, Ricardo F. Ferrat, Richard Foreman Jr., Megan Forste, Gregory Franklin, Jarek Gorczycki, Jeffrey M. Hall, R. Dana Harlow, Patrick Hoeschen, Rich Jackson, Dan Kelly, Gary Kelso, Steve Koster, Bob Leitelt, Michael Logan, Paul Lowery, Joe Luther, Joe C. Maxwell, Bill McConnell Jr., Fred L. McLane, Parker Meyer, James H. Pair III, Harrison Palmer, Jesse Wayne Parker, Frank Parrish, Robert Presley, C. Alan Rawlins, Tony Rivetti, William Self, Ingrid Semler, Charles Smith, Rafael E. Sánchez, Mike Thomas, Francis X. Valdez III, Jason Wayne Ellis, Doug Weinmann, Steven J. Winslow, Steve Zigler, Maryan Zurek, John S. Campbell, Peter Graf, Jaime Heintz, Joe Hill, Alan Kaneshiro, Wayne Kosky, James A. Lundin, Ben Noble, Heather Page, Randy Tharpe, Joseph D. Urbanczyk, Steve Zvorsky

Casting Department

Xanthia Decaux, Sierra French-Myerson, Barbara Harris, Jimmy Jue, Kim Petrosky

Costume and Wardrobe Department

James P. Cullen, Lisa A. Doyle, Donna Marcione Pollack, Wendy Moynihan, Mark Peterson, John M. Jack Wright

Editorial Department

Nathan R. Fitzgerald, Michael Healey, Dennis McNeill, Todd E. Miller, Mark Rathaus, Theresa Repola Mohammed

Location Management

Laura Bryant, Allison Gross, David Israel, Lisa W. Strout

Music Department

Bob Bornstein, Sandy DeCrescent, Norman Dlugatch, Michael Farrow, Dominic Gonzales, Jim Henrikson, Alan Kaplan, Sonny Kompanek, Tom MacDougall, Barbara McDermott, Chris Montan, Joe E. Rand, Adam Milo Smalley, Sebastian Toettcher, Louise Di Tullio, James Walker, Paul Wertheimer, Booker White, Tom Boyd, Robert Pike Daniel, Rick Fleishman, The Hollywood Studio Orchestra, The Hollywood Studio Symphony, Tommy Johnson, Greg Hale Jones, James Thatcher

Script and Continuity Department

Patti Dalzell, Scott Rosenberg, Steven Sessions

Transportation Department

Dan Brizendine, Randy Cantor, Dusty Saunders, James E. Vargas, Moore Brian, Bruce Callahan, Knut Kielpinski, K.D. Smith, Dana Swartout, Hank Van Apeldoorn, Susan Van Apeldoorn

Additional Crew

Michael Alvarado, Anthony Archuleta, Scott Barton, Bruce Benson, Lori Berlanga, Kayce Brown, Brent Carlton, Jared Chandler, Christopher Cilluffo, Alexandra Close, Jamie Daddio, Lisa Davidson, Kathy Day, James DeOliveira, Peter Evangelatos, Cliff Fleming, Cory Fleming, Gia Goyen, Cris Graves, Gabriela Gutentag, Robert Hatfield, George Skip Henfling, Erin Hilkey, Una Hill, Craig Hosking, Stephani Hunter, J. Elizabeth Ingram, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Brandon Lambdin, Romina M. Laygo, Barrett J. Leigh, Robert Mazaraki, Parker Meyer, Don Miller, Howard J. Morrison, Robert J. Morton, Cedric Nairn-Smith, Irina Naydichev, Harris Parker, Perri Pearson, Frank Pelluchon, Yvonne Ramond, Brian Relyea, Chris Saunders, Rick Shuster, Matthew D. Smith, Kristian Sorensen, Gene Strange, Susan Such, Jason Teahan, Lora Umphress, Maria Vallen, Sherrie Whitehead, John Wilkie, Michael Barnes, Donald Black, Tony Brazas, Terri L. Burns, Carson R. Feldman, Greg Ferris, Billy Fields, Craig Hosking, Mark Ivie, Michael G. Kehoe, Tony Kerum, Meti Kusari, Judy Malinoski, Ronda McCall, Bill Miller, Day Permuy, Dax Phelan, Bernadette Tanchauco, Tim Weske


Patrick Prokop


Crime, Drama, Mystery


Paramount Pictures, Neufeld Rehme Productions, MFP Munich Film Partners GmbH & Company I. Produktions KG


USA, Germany







ImDb Rating Votes


Metacritic Rating


Short Description

The General s Daughter is a 1999 American mystery thriller film directed by Simon West from a screenplay co-written by Christopher Bertolini and William Goldman, based on the novel of the same name by Nelson DeMille. It stars John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, and James Woods. The plot concerns the mysterious death of the daughter of a prominent Army general. The General s Daughter received negative reviews from critics, but was a box-office success, grossing $149.7 million worldwide against an estimated budget of $60 to $95 million.

Box Office Budget

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Box Office Opening Weekend USA


Box Office Gross USA


Box Office Cumulative Worldwide Gross



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