Men of Honor
The son of a Kentucky sharecropper enlists in the Navy with an eye on becoming the first African American Navy diver. He battles prejudice, an embittered instructor, and several other obstacles as he determinately aims at becoming a Master Chief Navy Diver.
Every American institution has had segregation as a part of its make-up. Distrust, dislike, or just plain ignorance, has separated whites from blacks since the formation of our country. Overcoming bigotry has been a wearisome battle for minorities. But this continued struggle for equality has provided Hollywood with a gold mine of material by exploiting the conquest of injustice. Here we have a black man berated over and over, simply because of the color of his skin. Not only is he immediately assigned to galley work, but he is not even allowed to swim in the ocean on the same day as his white comrades. DeNiro and Gooding are exceptional talents, but the abusive behavior becomes tedious. Inner torment, alcoholism, marital woes, bigotry, injustice – man, there are fewer problems on a year’s worth of “Days of Our Lives” episodes.