As he approaches manhood, Ben Meechum struggles to win the approval of his demanding alpha male father, an aggressively competitive, but frustrated Marine pilot.
|罗伯特·杜瓦尔 (Robert Duvall)||饰||Bull Meechum|
|布莱思·丹纳 (Blythe Danner)||饰||Lillian Meechum|
|迈克尔·奥吉弗 (Michael O'Keefe)||饰||Ben Meechum|
|丽莎·简 (Lisa Jane Persky)||饰||Mary Anne Meechum|
|Julie Anne Haddock||饰||Karen Meechum|
|出品公司||Bing Crosby Productions|
|发行公司||Columbia-Warner Filmes de Portugal (1980) (Theatrical) (Portugal)|
|Warner-Columbia Films (1980) (Theatrical) (Argentina)|
|华纳家庭娱乐 (1980) (VHS) (Australia)|
|Columbia-EMI-Warner (1979) (Theatrical) (United Kingdom)|
|Orion Pictures (1979) (Theatrical) (United States)|
|常州广播电视台 (1982) (TV) (United States)|
|华纳家庭娱乐 (VHS) (Brazil)|
|首映票房（美国）||$83,527, 28 October 1979|
- The South Carolina house, where much of the movie takes place, is the same house in Beaufort used in 大寒 (1983). It is known as the "Edgar Fripp Home" as well as "Tidalholm".
- According to 派特·康洛伊, Lieutenant Colonel "Bull" Meecham is based entirely on his own father, Donald Conroy, a Marine fighter pilot who referred to himself in the third person as "The Great Santini". Donald Conroy took the nickname from a magician he'd seen as a child. Pat and Donald Conroy were on the set on the day that 罗伯特·杜瓦尔 and 迈克尔·奥吉弗 filmed the scene where Bull Meecham bullies and taunts Ben after losing to him in a basketball game. A woman on the set asked Donald Conroy if he and Pat had really played games like that. Donald Conroy replied, "Every day, madam. Every single day." However, the book and movie gave Donald Conroy an opportunity to mend fences with his children, especially Pat. After the novel was published, Donald Conroy would often accompany his son to book signings, and would sign his son's novels with the signature, "Donald Conroy - The Great Santini".
- On the morning of the Academy Award nominations in 1981, when the movie got nods for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, author 派特·康洛伊 received a phone call from his father, who told him, "You and me got nominated for Academy Awards, your mother didn't get squat."