To see the difference in movies today and (the better) movies of the 50's, compare the Reiner/Cruise/Moore/Nicholson movie "A Few Good Men" with the Dmytryk directed movie of 1954, "The Caine Mutiny," starring Humphrey Bogart. In the first, Tom Cruise thunders "I want the TRUTH!" as he reduces Jack Nicholson's character to a greasy spot on the floor. Nicholson is dragged out, disgraced and embittered, and Cruise tells him, "I'm not your son. I'm an officer in the United States Navy, and you're under arrest you [s.o.b.]!" Cruise is on a moral mission throughout; and his dilemma is in becoming a great trial lawyer like his father. The real victim, the dead Private Santiago, is a mere stepping stone to Cruise's noble career advancement. The acquitted (but discharged) defendants salute Cruise as they leave the courtroom. It is Cruise who emerges as the hero. A tragic hero, as all he really wanted to do was work out plea bargains and get back to the softball field. In The Caine Mutiny, the lawyers, played by Jose Ferrer and the underrated E.G. Marshall, quietly and methodically take the witnesses apart, with no ridiculous displays of emotion. Here is E.G. taking apart the defendant, Steve Maryk, who believe the captain mentally ill, on trial for mutiny: Just a few questions. Were your grades in high school average? - Lower than average. - And in college? [unclear] Are you trained in psychiatry? - No. Where did you get the idea that Queeg was mentally ill? - Out of books ... I can't remember the titles. Define schizophrenia. - I can't. What's a manic-depressive? - I don't know. What's the difference between "paranoid" and "paranoia"? In truth, you don't know anything about mental illness. - I didn't say I did. You knew enough to commit mutiny. [Ooooh, tha't's a lick.] Whereas Tom Cruise rides off heroically into the sunset, Jose Ferrer, who wins his case too, shows up drunk at the celebration party and throws his drink into Fred McMurray's face. It spoils the party, but everyone knows Ferrer is right to feel badly about having humiliated Captain Queeg in the courtroom. Braveheart does the same annoying thing. I demand change!