This military drama is based on the true story of Carl Brashear, who was the first African-American to serve as a diver in the United States Navy. Brashear (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) was born to a poor farming family in the deep South, and joined the Navy in hopes of bettering himself. When Brashear applies for diving school, he first encounters Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a gruff and tyrannical diving instructor who holds absolute sway over his charges. Sunday does little at first to encourage Brashear's ambitions, and the would-be diver discovers racism in the military is an ugly fact of life when his white comrades refuse to share barracks with him. But Brashear's courage and determination make an impression on Sunday, and the two men become allies as Brashear must fight prejudice, military bureaucracy, and even a crippling injury in order to realize his dreams. Originally announced under the title Navy Diver, Men of Honor also features Hal Holbrook, David Keith, Michael Rapaport, Charlize Theron, and Powers Boothe; Bill Cosby served as an executive producer for the project.~Mark Deming
*12 Deleted scenes with optional director commentary with an introduction by George Tillman Jr.
*14-minute HBO featurette
*2 TV spots
*Animatic with optional commentary
*Brian Mcknight "Win" music video
*Commentary by director George Tillman Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Scott Marshall Smith, and Robert Title
*Mini-documentary: "Master Chief: A Tribute to Carl Brashear"
CARL (CUBA GOODING JR) IS A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WHOM IS ON A JOURNEY TO PURSUE HIS DREAM AND BECOME THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN U.S. NAVY DIVER IN HISTORY. WHILE IN TRAINING CAMP HE DEALS WITH A RACIST MASTER CHIEF PLAYED BY (ROBERT DE NIRO) AND STRUGGLES WITH ACCEPTANCE FROM HIS PEERS. WHILE HE SUCCEEDS AS A NAVY DIVER HIS AMBITION LEEDS HIM TO BECOME MORE THAN JUST A NAVY DIVER.