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Genre  Comedy
Initial DVD release  January 5, 1999
Country  United States
6.1/10 IMDb

Director  Nick Castle
Music director  Craig Safan
Language  English
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Release date  March 24, 1995 (1995-03-24)
Writer  Joe Connelly (story), Bob Mosher (story), William Roberts (earlier screenplay), Richard Alan Simmons (earlier screenplay), Dean Lorey (screenplay), Damon Wayans (screenplay), Gary Rosen (screenplay)
Cast  Damon Wayans (Maj. Benson Payne), Orlando Brown (Cadet Kevin 'Tiger' Dunne), Michael Ironside (Lt. Col. Stone), Joseph Blaire (Cadet Bryan), Peyton Chesson-Fohl (Cadet Sgt. Johnson), Ross Bickell (Col. Braggart)
Similar movies  The A-Team, A Few Good Men, Basic, Soldiers Three, Breaker Morant, The Presidio
Tagline  He's looking for a few good men... or a few guys old enough to shave.

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Major Payne is a 1995 American military comedy film directed by Nick Castle and written by and starring Damon Wayans. The film co-stars Karyn Parsons, Steven Martini and Michael Ironside. The film is a loose remake of the 1955 war film The Private War of Major Benson, starring Charlton Heston. The film was released in the United States on March 24, 1995.


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U.S. Marine Corps Major Benson Winifred Payne, a hardened Marine, returns from a violent but successful drug raid in South America, only to find out that he was once again not promoted to lieutenant colonel. Payne receives an honorable discharge on the grounds that "the wars of the world are no longer fought on the battlefield", and that his military skills are no longer needed.

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After he leaves the military, Payne finds life as a civilian unbearable and reaches his breaking point. To help adjust, he applies for a job as a police officer; however, during the test to see how applicants handle domestic violence disputes, he overreacts and repeatedly slaps the man who hit his wife in the scenario. Payne is put into jail on charges of assault. His former general visits him and informs Payne that he has secured a job for him that will get him back in the military.

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Payne arrives at Madison Preparatory School in Virginia, and is informed by the principal that his job is to train the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps "green boys", a disorderly group of delinquents and outcasts who have placed last in the Virginia Military Games eight years running. When Payne sees his company, he immediately tells them that, under his direction, they will win the games at all costs, regardless of their various shortcomings: being overweight, sickly, deaf, cross-eyed, orphaned, or from a dysfunctional home; they are all pushed equally. He clashes with Emily Walburn, the Academy counselor who tries to soften Payne's discipline with understanding and feelings, particularly towards six-year old orphan Tiger.

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Payne's training and punishments are harsh, which force the cadets to execute a series of failed schemes to get rid of Payne. Things come to a head when Payne offers them the chance to get rid of him - if they get the Military Games trophy he will resign voluntarily, so the boys sneak into rival Wellington Academy to steal it, except Dotson (who is transferring schools) and Tiger (who is considered too young). However, Payne places an "anonymous call" to Wellington, leading to the boys being ambushed by their rivals.

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Outside of the academy, Payne bonds with Emily and Tiger. Returning to the academy, Payne is confronted by lead misfit Alex Stone (Steven Martini) about his deception, but Payne claims it was to show them what the real prize was. With their desire to honestly earn the trophy added to their desire to be rid of Payne, the boys begin to train hard to win. When Stone's alcoholic, obnoxious stepfather appears unannounced and harasses Alex, Major Payne orders him away, granting Payne an iota of respect with the cadets.

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Payne is asked to return to the Marines to fight in Bosnia, but his deployment means he will miss the Military Games and disappoint the boys and Emily. As he waits for his train, he sees a family spending time together, has a vision of Emily, Tiger and himself barbecuing in a front yard, prompting him to realize that he has fallen for Emily.

At the games, the boys are holding their own until Dotson, now a Wellington cadet, trips up Alex during the race, spraining his ankle and rendering him unable to lead the drill. This also incites a rumble between the teams that threatens to disqualify Madison after Williams hits Dotson in the face when he realized the latter was behind Alex's injury. However, Payne gives up his commission and shows up at the last minute, smooths things over with the referees and appoints Tiger to lead the cadence. The group executes an unorthodox but entertaining routine which wins them the trophy.

On the first day of the new school year, Payne resumes being an instructor, having settled down with Emily and Tiger, with Stone resuming his role as a squad leader. He has softened quite a bit, telling the new recruits he's not only their commanding officer, but also their friend. When a new wise-cracking blind cadet shows up, Payne proceeds to shave him and his seeing-eye dog bald with his field knife, proving once again that new recruits must earn his respect.


  • Damon Wayans as U.S. Marine Corps Major Benson Winifred Payne
  • Karyn Parsons as Emily Walburn
  • Steven Martini as Cadet Alex J. Stone
  • Michael Ironside as Lieutenant Colonel Stone
  • Orlando Brown as Cadet Kevin "Tiger" Dunn
  • Albert Hall as General Decker
  • Andrew Harrison Leeds as Cadet Dotson
  • Damien Wayans as Cadet Dwight "D." Williams
  • Chris Owen as Cadet Wuliger
  • Stephen Coleman as Cadet Leland
  • Mark Madison as Cadet Fox
  • Peyton Chesson-Fohl as Cadet Sgt. Johnson
  • Scott Bigelow as a Biker
  • George Cheung as a Vietcong guerrilla from the Major's flashback
  • Shawayna Phillips as Chante Bands
  • Reception

    Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 33% approval rating based on 12 reviews. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "While 'Major Payne' is too predictable for most adults, it's an ideal entertainment for youthful audiences that allows Damon Wayans to be at his best in a dream part." Caryn James of The New York Times wrote, "Though the movie is rarely more clever than its title, Mr. Wayans gives the dark cartoonish comedy an irreverent edge." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated it 3/4 stars and called it a smart and funny satire of military films.

    Box office

    The film debuted at No. 2 behind Outbreak with a gross of $7 million on its opening weekend. Major Payne went on to gross $30.1 million worldwide.


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