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The Pentagon Wars (1998)

The Pentagon Wars (1998)

aka The Pentagon Wars

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Details: 104 mins · English · R (USA)


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Small Congressman #2
Small Lt. Col. James Burton
Small Platoon Sgt. Fanning (Burton's secretary)
Small Colonel J.D. Bock
Small Sgt. Benjamn Dalton
No_movie_poster Sp4 Ganger
Small Col. / Brig. Gen. Robert Laurel Smith
Small Jones (Pentagon tank designer)
Small Caspar Weinberger (Secretary of Defense)
Small Madam Chairwoman, Armed Services Committee
Small Major William Sayers
No_movie_poster Spec-4 Granger
Small Maj. Gen. Partridge


Small Richard Benjamin Director
No_movie_poster Martyn Burke Writer
No_movie_poster Jacqueline Cambas Editing


U.S. Army Major General Partridge (Grammer) appears before the House Armed Services Committee to defend his recent actions; the story is told mostly as a series of flashbacks:

In its latest effort to curtail excessive spending by The Pentagon, Congress appoints an outsider, USAF Lieutenant Colonel James Burton (Elwes) to observe the testing of several new weapons in development, including the Bradley. Burton reports to General Partridge, who is overseeing the Bradley.

Portrayed as an innocent, Burton quickly becomes disillusioned by the "real" way the development process works, in an atmosphere of corruption and/or bureaucratic inefficiency. Burton witnesses generals, including Partridge, reviewing other inefficient (and eventually cancelled) projects with Secretary of Defence Caspar Weinberger - such as the M247 Sergeant York and the A-12 Avenger II.

Release Dates:

Video : Sweden

Video : 1998-09-25 : Japan

Television : 1998-02-28 : United States of America

Television : 2012-08-17 : Germany

Television : 2002-03-04 : Austria

DVD : 2008-07-01 : Spain