THEY AIMED TO BUILD THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING MACHINE… THEY MISSED.
Some time during the late 1980s, Lieutenant Colonel James Burton (Cary Elwes) is assigned to test the new Bradley fighting vehicle and discovers it is a disastrous project. This HBO TV movie tells the utterly absurd story of how the Bradley came to be. The Pentagon is depicted as mindlessly wasteful and ineffective, but it’s all done with a good sense of humor. Scary stuff, if it’s all true, but as a whole the film is a little bland (much like Cary Elwes’s leading character). Kelsey Grammer is good though as a general who’s protecting the project.
1998-U.S. Made for TV. 103 min. Color. Directed by Richard Benjamin. Book: James Burton. Cast: Kelsey Grammer (General Partridge), Cary Elwes (James Burton), Viola Davis (Sergeant Fanning), John C. McGinley, Tom Wright, Clifton Powell… Olympia Dukakis.
Trivia: Co-executive-produced by Danny DeVito. The director plays Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.