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Demi Moore stars as Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil, the first female candidate for the U.S. Navy SEAL unit, a clandestine strike force drawn from the crème de la crème of the combined services--an opportunity provided her by the political maneuvering of Senator Lillian de Haven (Anne Bancroft). To make the grade, Jordan has to survive a grueling selection process in which 60 percent of all candidates wash out. Enigmatic Master Chief John Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen) runs the brutal training program that involves 20-hour days of running, marching, and crawling through obstacle courses under the worst weather conditions while carrying landing rafts--not to mention eating out of a garbage can during breaks. Along with the best of the men, the lean, mean, shaven-headed Jordan handles the punishment, including a bizarrely motivated beating from her drill sergeant. The top brass, confident that a woman would quickly drop out, becomes concerned as Jordan's ability to handle SEAL training becomes evident. Soon she must contend with trumped-up charges that she's fraternizing with women, and the senator begins receiving threats that military bases in her state may have to be closed.
Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil (Demi Moore,) is offered the opportunity by the political maneuvering of Senator Lillian de Haven (Anne Bancroft), to become the first woman candidate for a U.S. Navy SEAL unit. This particular unit is a covert force compromised of the cream of the crop of the combined services.
In order to make it into the unit, Lt. Jordan undergoes extreme and predictable brute, male machismo sexism, of course, and a grueling boot-camp-like process. Master Chief John Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen) is top dog of the brute training camp.
It's nothing to him for the Navy Seal candidates to undergo 20 hours a day, or more, of obstacle course training, eating out of a garbage cans, and writing until they are ready to drop.
The short of it is that Lt. Jordan hangs in there, even though her Master Sgt. seems to betray her when he beats her bloodied. But it's clear after that beating his motive was to make a team of the candidates, the rest of whom found the Sgt's beating disgusting and turned their backs on him.
Top Navy brass, in some sort of political contest with Senator Lillian de Haven, to keep women out of the military, and at the heart of it, equal to men, becomes frantic enough with Lt. Jordan's perseverance that they arrange to take pictures of Jordan fraternizing with other women troopers, making them out to be lesbians. This would disqualify her from the military because no gays are allowed, "Don't ask, Don't Tell."
She not only contends with the trumped up charges but also the Senator, whose politics are corrupt.
Being former USN, I like military movies, especially Navy. Although this being fictional (since women are not allowed in SEAL ranks), it definitely is realistic in attitudes, and how the military/washington works at times. VERY entertaining, and one of Demi's better roles. Will definitely hold your interest.
Demi Moore shine's in this action packed movie. The movie has no down time. Very exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. People don't think females are able to accomplish difficutl things but she takes on all these men and blows them away. Make sure you have your snacks ahead of time, you won't want to miss a minute. Watch out guys Demi will take you on.
This movie is one of Demi Moore's Best. She was the one that started women off in Action Adventure Movies. In this movie she is every bit as tough as the guys, but she still keeps her girly side. This Movie has action, but also has an emotional side. This is a chick flick that even my Husband does not mind watching.