The General's Daughter | Chicago Reader

The General's Daughter

With the help of an old flame (Madeleine Stowe), a sensitive yet macho warrant officer (John Travolta) investigates a murder on a military base—and a cover-up that seems to lead up the chain of command. The plot twist: the victim, a woman, once helped him change a tire. Director Simon West, whose intuitions about tone in action comedy made Con Air a marvelous hybrid, tries something more daring here: telling a story about a violent sex crime with humor. This isn't impossible—David Lynch has done it with great success. But the screenplay by Christopher Bertolini and William Goldman depends on unexamined ideas about a relationship between sex and violence; the feminist veneer is the most deeply disturbing part of this callow thriller, whose fetishizing of a dead woman's body (and a live woman's sexual behavior) is far more questionable than anything even The Silence of the Lambs has been accused of. Based on a novel by Nelson DeMille; with James Cromwell, Timothy Hutton, Clarence Williams III, and James Woods.


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