The facts: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – Gitmo as it is known – based marines Lance Corporal Harold Dawson and Private Louden Downey assaulted Private William Santiago in the middle of the night, which included stuffing a rag into his mouth, Santiago who died shortly thereafter of respiratory complications. Special Judge Advocate Counsel Lieutenant Joanne Galloway believes Dawson and Downey were just following orders, as part of the marine’s unofficial “code red” where there is self policing within the ranks, and that there was no intent of murder. Galloway, a naive lawyer who seeks fairness and justice at all cost, wants to be assigned the case but she has no trial experience. Instead, the military assigns Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee to be Dawson and Downey’s counsel. Kaffee is a lightweight lawyer who also has no trial experience and has a history of taking, as Galloway refers, the path of least resistance by plea bargaining regardless of his clients’ guilt/innocence and their wants. Galloway becomes co-counsel in the case. The two, with their assistant Lieutenant Sam Weinberg, have to decide what to do, not an easy task considering their differing views on law and what is best for all including themselves. They do believe Dawson and Downey’s story that they were following unofficial/official code red orders, but are uncertain if their case is winnable, especially against the marine machine run by Gitmo’s Colonel Nathan Jessep. —IMDb
The successful director of movies that run the gamut of styles from This is Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing to Stand By Me, Misery and A Few Good Men, Rob Reiner has also produced, written and acted in a great many of the most popular films of the past two decades. But it was in his Emmy award-winning portrayal of Michael “Meathead” Stivic, in the CBS comedy series All in the Family (1971-1979), that Reiner made himself a household name.
Reiner was born March 6, 1947, in the Bronx, NY, to comedian Carl Reiner and actress/singer Estelle Reiner. Rob’s first large-screen acting role was in his father’s film Enter Laughing (1967). He had a series of guest roles in television series like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gomer Pyle and The Beverly Hillbillies, and other small film roles in Where’s Poppa? (1970) and Summertree (1971), before he landed the part in All in the Family.
He co-wrote the first episode of the series Happy Days in 1974, and in 1978 he wrote and produced the romantic… read more