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(Cuba Gooding, Jr.) is a former farm worker who joins the U.S. Navy
after World War II and dreams of becoming the first black U.S. Navy
diver, in a time when racial discrimination is an accepted part of
American society. Leslie Sunday (Robert De Niro) is the Navy diving
school’s head trainer, under orders from his commanding officer to
prevent Brashear from graduating at all costs. At first, Sunday carries
out his orders with conviction. He bombards Brashear with terrible
insults to break his spirit; he deliberately undermines the black man’s
training to make him fall behind his fellow diving students. But when he
realizes that these tactics only strengthen Brashear’s resolve even
more, Sunday begins to transform from enemy to mentor and ally.
transformation reaches a dramatic climax when Brashear, already in
service as a salvage diver and gaining the necessary experience to
become Master Diver, loses his leg in a work-related accident and gets
discharged from active duty. Refusing to let anything stand in the way
of his dream, he battles the entire U.S. Navy bureaucracy to regain full
active status—no longer alone, but with his trainer by his side.
real-life events, “Men of Honor” (directed by George Tillman, Jr.) is a
gripping story of human determination at its most powerful—where an iron
will succeeds not only in conquering all obstacles, both natural and
man-made; but more importantly in earning the respect, admiration and
loyalty of even the most stubborn foe.
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