Young navy lawyer Tom Cruise is brought in when a case of bullying on a US marine base in Cuba results in one dead soldier and two others on trial for his murder.

Cocky hotshot Cruise has a reputation for plea-bargaining, but lieutenant Demi Moore persuades him to take the case to court.

Neither of them is particularly convincing in uniform, but Kevin Bacon is every inch the military man as the prosecuting lawyer and Jack Nicholson is on scene-stealing form as the colonel in charge of the base in Guantanamo.

A slick, well-paced courtroom drama, with some cracking dialogue and a well-focused plot that, thankfully, avoids any romantic entanglement between Cruise and Moore.