The Great Santini

The Great Santini (1979)

The bravest thing he would ever do was let his family love him.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1979-10-26
  • User Rating: 6.7/10 from 62 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Bing Crosby Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Lewis John Carlino
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From 62 Ratings


As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated marine pilot.

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  • Robert Duvall

    as Bull Meechum
  • Blythe Danner

    as Lillian Meechum
  • Michael O'Keefe

    as Ben Meechum
  • Lisa Jane Persky

    as Mary Anne Meechum
  • Julie Anne Haddock

    as Karen Meechum
  • Brian Andrews

    as Matthew Meechum
  • Stan Shaw

    as Toomer Smalls
  • Theresa Merritt

    as Arrabella Smalls
  • David Keith

    as Red Petus
  • Paul Mantee

    as Col. Virgil Hedgepath
  • Michael Strong

    as Col. Varney
  • Bennett Liss

    as Cpl. Atcherly
  • Joe Dorsey

    as Coach Spinks
  • David Frankham

    as Capt. Weber
  • Jan Stratton

    as Mrs. Weber
  • Paul Gleason

    as Lt. Sammy
  • W.K. Stratton

    as Ace
  • Lew Horn

    as Capt. Brookout
  • Michael Rougas

    as Col. Mullinax
  • Al Garcia

    as Pedro
  • Stacy MacGregor

    as Leroy
  • Harold B. Bibey

    as Hedgepath's Sergeant
  • Gene Jones

    as Bartender
  • Harry Pickins Porth

    as Squadron Executive Officer
  • Albert Smith

    as Hobie Simms
  • Walter Gay

    as Man at Shrimp Dock
  • Wendell Gregory

    as Shrimp Header
  • Bill Nelson

    as 1st Cousin
  • Bill Eudaly

    as 2nd Cousin
  • Wayne Sharpnack

    as Mac
  • Morris Phifer

    as Sergeant - Air Controller
  • Brad Baldwin

    as Sergeant - Radar
  • Ronnie Cross

    as Honor Guard Sergeant
  • Timothy Norton

    as Jim Don
  • Richard Horswell

    as Art
  • Ronald Garrett Jr.

    as Pinkie
  • Hank Chappell

    as Mumford
  • Reggie Malphrus

    as Abbot
  • Doyle Kelley

    as 1st Referee
  • Larry Burke

    as 2nd Referee
  • K.C. Stiglbauer

    as Basketball Player
  • Randy Cauthen

    as Basketball Player
  • Tom Conroy

    as Basketball Player
  • Lance Snyder

    as Basketball Player
  • Tony Langdale

    as Basketball Player
  • Gary Towles

    as Basketball Player
  • Ray Nix

    as Basketball Player
  • Chip Upchurch

    as Basketball Player
  • Nicole von der Heyde

    as Cheerleader
  • Nancy Black

    as Cheerleader
  • Lisa Collins

    as Cheerleader
  • Kim Duncan

    as Cheerleader
  • Claudette Evans

    as Cheerleader
  • Carol Monson

    as Cheerleader
  • Tara Hudson

    as Cheerleader
  • Sandra Patterson

    as Cheerleader
  • Holly Malphrus

    as Cheerleader
  • Sarah Sanford

    as Cheerleader
  • Denise Walker

    as Cheerleader
  • Edwina Dawn Tucker

    as Cheerleader
  • Brent Dunsford

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Laura Gile

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • George Golden

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Monty O'Grady

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
  • Ted Otis

    as Bus Passenger (uncredited)
  • Leoda Richards

    as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Directing Lewis John Carlino Director
Writing Lewis John Carlino Screenplay
Production Charles A. Pratt Producer
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Camera Ralph Woolsey Director of Photography
Editing Houseley Stevenson Jr. Editor
Art Jack Poplin Production Design
Writing Pat Conroy Novel
Production Irving Lande Casting
Art Jeff Haley Set Decoration
Art Donald J. Sullivan Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Lon Bentley Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Andy Ciannella Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Lynn Del Kail Hairstylist
Crew Conrad E. Palmisano Stunt Double