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Thumbnail for The Great Santini (1979) The Great Santini (1979)

Basics Critics:79Viewers:65Rusty:77
Category: Drama, WarNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama film, film based on literatureMain subject: dysfunctional familyRuntime: 115 - 116 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: South CarolinaDirector: Lewis John CarlinoScreenwriter: Lewis John Carlino, Herman RaucherBased on: The Great SantiniMusic: Elmer BernsteinCinematography: Ralph WoolseyStars: Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Stan Shaw, Brian Andrews, David Keith, Lisa Jane Persky, Paul Gleason, Theresa MerrittAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Robert Duvall)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Michael O'Keefe)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Great Santini is a 1979 film directed by Lewis John Carlino, written by Lewis John Carlino and Herman Raucher, and based on the 1976 novel of the same name by Pat Conroy. The film stars Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe, Lisa Jane Persky, Julie Anne Haddock, Brian Andrews, Stan Shaw and David Keith. The film tells the story of a Marine officer whose success as an F-4 Phantom military aviator contrasts with his shortcomings as a husband and father. The film explores the high price of heroism and self-sacrifice. The film is set in 1962 before widespread American involvement in the Vietnam War.

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