The Great Santini
The Great Santini (1979)

Bull Meechum (Robert Duvall) loves fighting almost as much as he loves the Marine Corps. Profane, cocky, and arrogant, he's a great fighter pilot -- and he knows it. His boss hates his guts, but knows that if he's going to… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 26, 1979
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This is one of those special films that moves effortlessly between tension, tears and laughs ... Robert Duvall's performance runs neck-and-neck with his Lonesome Dove turn as his career best.

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Emanuel Levy

Robert Duvall and Michael O'Keefe turn in powerful, Oscar nominated performances in this familiar family melodrama about tyrannical marine-father who bullies his sensitive son so that he can become a real man.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Fantastic performances by Duvall and O'Keefe highlight this father-son tug-of-war.

Rob Gonsalves

Two-dimensional and minor.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette


Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The Great Santini is a convincing portrait of the battles between a military man and his coming-of-age son.

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Cole Smithey

An emotionally devastating drama with a first rate performance from Robert Duvall.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Duvall as rough, tough Marine in downer story of family conflict

Scott Weinberg

Offers a whole lot more than just Duvall's flawless performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Underrated classic. Robert Duvall at his best.
Erin Collins
I thought the kid who played Benny was a bit much. It was a bit unbelievable. Otherwise, the movie was pretty good. Duvall's character was funny. Sad… More
Devon Bott
The Great Santini (1979): Starring Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe A slow-simmering "sleeper" of a film, The Great Santini wavers… More
Lee Kyle
Duvall was nominated for this and watching it you will see why. Great story of a bullying father and husband, whos children make him come to turns with his… More
John Ballantine
Duvall embodies cockiness to the nth degree as he sets unrealistic expectations for his offspring in living up to the greatness of Santini. It borders on… More
Anthony Valletta
Outstanding performances, especially by Robert Duvall.