Major Payne

Major Payne

Director: Nick Castle Jr. Cast: Damon Wayans, Karyn Parsons, William Hickey

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Hawk-like Marine Corps officer Benson Payne (Damon Wayans) attempts to whip into shape the usual assortment of misfit JROTC kids in this minor remake of The Private War of Major Benson. Of course, both the major and his pint-sized recruits have something to teach one another. Payne teaches them the value of self-discipline and instills self-confidence in them, and the recruits teach him to stop and smell the roses (not to mention the fact that kids sometimes need coddling rather than screaming). And, of course, there is the annual JROTC statewide competition, which the kids are obligated to win before the movie can end. While there are some funny moments (the major's exhibition in full-dress whites at a school dance, for example), the script seems too color-by-numbers to be interesting to anyone other than undiscriminating younger viewers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2017
UPC: 0025192401152
Original Release: 1995
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 15,738

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damon Wayans Major Benson Payne
Karyn Parsons Dr. Emily Walburn
William Hickey Dr. Phillips
Michael Ironside Lt. Colonel Stone
Albert Hall General Elias Decke
Steven Martini Cadet Alex Stone
Michael Gabel Lt. Wiseman
Andrew Harrison Leeds Cadet Dotson
Dean Lorey Mr. Shipman
Chris Owen Cadet Wuliger
Leonard Thomas Bleeding Soldier
Hechter Ubarry Guerilla Leader
Carolyn Walker Woman
John Louis Fischer Chopper Pilot
Al Cerullo Chopper Pilot
Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow the biker

Technical Credits
Nick Castle Director
Richard Bowen Cinematographer
Jennifer Bryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Aleta Helena Chappelle Casting
David Crank Art Director
Eric L. Gold Producer
Rosa Howell-Thornhill Musical Direction/Supervision
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Dean Lorey Screenwriter
Michael Rachmil Producer
Charles David Richards Consultant/advisor
Gary Rosen Screenwriter
Craig Safan Score Composer
Harry Tatelman Producer
Damon Wayans Producer,Screenwriter

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Major Payne 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best comedies, ever!!! Damon Wayans should make more movies like this!!! Or bring this character back!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good movie with lots of laughter
Tama2toe More than 1 year ago
A very good movie for the whole family. The humor and the cameo's just make me laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though the storyline has been done before (The private war of Major Benson), Damon along with the beutiful and gorgeous Karen Parsons balance the film. It would be nice if they both could come together in a sequel or something else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last night I saw this move for about the 8th time. I absolutely love it. I would not say that I was a Damon Wayans fan, but I can't help but be with this movie. He plays a ''killing machine'' Major who had to retire from the military because ''there was no one left to kill'' and ends up as the squad leader of a bunch of JROTC kids. There is a beautiful counselor there who tries to teach Major Payne to be more ''sen-si-tive'' to the childrens needs. But he and the children ''have a fail-u-re to communicate'' and he disciplines them as he would during his glory days in the marines. From his ''bedtime stories'' to his handling of Tiger's ''monster in the closet'' to the ways the boys try to get rid of him (pink frosted cupcake) to the way he stands up to Alex' father, to the ending . . . leaves you begging for a sequel. I am 45 year old mother of three. I LOVE MAJOR PAYNE, and after seeing it for the 8th time, decided it was time to buy it on DVD and not have it only on VHS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing like a good bugle call tape for the kids to breakfast. I love the smell of napalm in the morning too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
we have seen this movie many times. it is going to Iraq with my husband.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good funny movie that's mostly clean - there are a couple of times (3) where there's some naughty language, but not too bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
“Major Payne” is one of the funniest movies that I enjoy to watch over and over again. I thought that Damon Wayans delivered a knockout performance as the loud-mouthed, gold-toothed, trash talking, squeaky voiced Major Benson Winifred Payne. He was so funny that I nearly had a heart attack while laughing at the same time. After a major drug bust goes extremely well in South America, Major Payne (Damon Wayans) returns to Parris Island, South Carolina and finds out that the U.S. Marine Corps is throwing him out of the military back into civilian life. After two weeks of civilian life, Payne is let back into the military under one condition: go to Virginia and train a group of delinquents for an ROTC program at Madison Academy. Payne regretfully accepts the job and puts each of the boys into 8 weeks of living hell! It becomes a fight because the boys do what they can to put Major Payne out of their lives! I have so many favorites scene through out this movie but the one that shines the brightest is when Wayans had a dance sequence at a club where he performs a series of moves (including a very nice "robot"), and with the help of music from 2 Live Crew. Many of the gags are side-splittingly funny, and the vocal tones and mannerisms of Major Payne are just spot-on hilarious. And the kids in the film do a remarkable job in their supporting roles. The kids in fact steal the show (especially the younger ones). Lots of absurdity in the movie, but still here and there peeks through a poignant maturity on the deeper symbolism of what boot camp is all about Of course, it is a feel good movie so you know everything will work out in the end. Base on some of the lower reviews you can see that this movie is not for everyone, but at the same time is worth seeing. If you don't like it by the time Payne does his "Failure to communicate!" line then maybe it isn't for you. As for me it’s utterly brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago