Men Of Honor is based on Carl Brashear's true-life exploits during the war intensive years of 1940 till 1960. Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jr.) became the U.S. Navy's first African-American Master Diver. Brashear had to overcome insurmountable thorny resistances in the newly desegregated U.S. Navy.
Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro), a hard drinking obstinate Senior Officer and Master Diver; was ultimately won over by Brashear's unwavering focus and total commitment. Brashear (with Sunday's help) overcame a crippling injury that nearly robbed him of his raison d'être (diving in The U.S Navy).Brashear fought against racism, bureaucracy and ultimately made military history.
This story offers Gooding and De Niro the latitude to flex their formidable acting muscles. Charlize Theron, one of Hollywood's golden girls, is unfortunately given a scrawny supporting role as Sunday's wife. Despite the title and a few initial scenes, the romantic subplots actually make for an excellent date flick.