Originally Posted by EDelahanty
To give your question more credibility than I think it's worth, the movie was adapted by Aaron Sorkin from a play he wrote. I had forgotten that A Few Good Men was written by Sorkin, who was later the producer of the West Wing and was responsible for the screenplays for Charlie Wilson's War and The Social Network, among other things.
According to Wikipedia "Sorkin got the inspiration to write his next play, a courtroom drama called A Few Good Men, from a phone conversation with his sister Deborah, who had graduated from Boston University Law School and signed up for a 3-year stint with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps. She was going to Guantanamo Bay to defend a group of Marines who came close to killing a fellow Marine in a hazing ordered by a superior officer. Sorkin took that information and wrote much of his story on cocktail napkins while bartending at the Palace Theatre on Broadway."
So the movie's story has been reshaped from some actual events. To the extent that the movie is about the conflict between working within the military bureaucracy while advocating the rights and interests of your client, as any lawyer is supposed to do, there may be some resemblance to JAG. That's probably as far as it goes.
The stage version is really good. I saw it years ago, and was enthralled.
I've been trying to get my community theatre to produce it, but with so many guys in the cast, they won't bite on it. Community theatres always have more women audition than men, but who wants to see Steel Magnolias for the 38th time?
I'm too old to play Kaffee at this point anyway. Jessup, while a neat role, is really just a cameo. BTW, he's an O-5 in the play. They made him O-6 in the movie because Nicholson was older.