Word of Honor

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  • NR
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.3  (583)

Word of Honor is a gripping 2003 made-for-television film directed by Robert Markowitz and starring Don Johnson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Sharon Lawrence. Based on the book of the same name by Nelson DeMille, it is a thrilling drama about a Vietnam veteran, Ben Tyson (Johnson), who is accused of war crimes committed during his time in the army.

The movie begins with Tyson, who is now a successful and prosperous businessman, receiving a shocking visit from a former comrade, Al Fowler (played by John Heard). Fowler, also a veteran of the same unit, accuses Tyson of killing civilians in a Vietnamese village during the war. The accusations are severe, and Tyson is rattled to the core. The story gets complicated when the son of one of the victims seeks revenge and kidnaps Tyson's wife, Julie (Tripplehorn). Tyson's former flame, also a lawyer, Karen (Lawrence), comes to his aid in the ensuing legal chaos.

The film explores the themes of morality, loyalty, and courage. It delves deep into the human psyche, especially into that of Ben Tyson, as he tries to come to terms with the truth behind the allegations against him. He is forced to confront his demons from the past and grapple with the consequences of his actions, making for excellent character development throughout the movie.

The acting performances in Word of Honor are excellent, with Don Johnson playing a complex, layered character with great nuance, delivering one of his most compelling performances. Jeanne Tripplehorn also portrays Julie, the wife of Ben, with great empathy and vulnerability. Sharon Lawrence, playing Karen, complements the two lead actors with her strength and presence.

In addition to the acting, the film's pacing keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The suspenseful story unfolds gradually, keeping you guessing about the truth until the bitter end. The script is well-written and nuanced, making Word of Honor one of the better depictions of the psychological toll of the Vietnam War on soldiers that one is likely to see in cinema.

The cinematography, set design, and music score are also praiseworthy, with the visuals of the war and the present-day scenes all serving to add depth to the storyline. The sound is immersive, conveying the tense atmosphere of the numerous courtroom and battlefield scenes. All in all, the technical elements of the movie blend seamlessly to support the core themes and characters.

In conclusion, Word of Honor is a superb cinematic experience that keeps the audience engaged throughout. With an excellent cast, a gripping story, and fantastic technical execution, the movie sets a high standard for movies dealing with war, morality and the human condition. Watch it if you can, and you won't be disappointed.

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    1 hr 31 min
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    6.3  (583)