Cadence (film)

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Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Martin Sheen
Produced by Timothy Gamble
Frank Giustra
Peter E. Strauss
Written by Dennis Shryack
Starring Martin Sheen
Charlie Sheen
Larry Fishburne
Michael Beach
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Richard Leiterman
Edited by Martin Hunter
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
1990 (Deauville Film Festival)
United States:
January 18, 1990
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,070,871[1]

Cadence is a 1990 film directed by (and starring) Martin Sheen, in which Charlie Sheen plays an inmate in a United States Army military prison in West Germany during the 1960s. Sheen plays alongside his father Martin Sheen and brother Ramon Estevez. The film is based on a novel by Gordon Weaver.


PFC Franklin Bean (Charlie Sheen) gets drunk and goes AWOL upon the death of his father. As punishment, he is thrown into a stockade populated entirely by black inmates. But instead of giving into racism, Bean joins forces with his fellow inmates and rises up against the bigoted prison warden, MSgt. Otis McKinney (Martin Sheen).


Actor Character
Charlie Sheen Pfc. Franklin Fairchild Bean
Martin Sheen MSgt. Otis V. McKinney
Larry Fishburne Roosevelt Stokes
Blu Mankuma Bryce
Michael Beach Webb
Harry Stewart Harry 'Sweetbread' Crane
John Toles-Bey Lawrence
James Marshall Cpl. Harold Lamar
Ramon Estevez Cpl. Gerald Gessner
Jay Brazeau Mr. Vito
Samantha Langevin Mrs. Vito
Ken Douglas Kramer
Weston McMillan DeLuc
David Michael O'Neill Sager
Allan Lysell Sheridan
Don S. Davis Haig
Roark Critchlow Brooks
Alec Burden Abel Fox
Steven Hilton Col. Clark
Joe Lowry Col. Porter
Lochlyn Munro Bartender
Tom McBeath Principal
Jennifer Griffin Tattoo Woman
Brent Stait MP
Deryl Hayes MP in bar
Tony Pantages GI in bar
Christopher Judge MP in bar
Matt Clark Franklin F. Bean, Sr.
Robert Gazzola Bean (age 8)
David Glyn-Jones Funeral Director
F. Murray Abraham Capt. Ramon Garcia
Jenn Griffin Tattoo woman

Cast Notes[edit]

  • Laurence Fishburne worked with Martin Sheen ten years earlier, on Apocalypse Now.


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