|His character, William Foster (is that the name?) did everything he's supposed to, worked for his nation's defense establisment, paid his bills, married his wife, stayed away from drugs and alcohol, and kept his body physically fit. Yet, he still finds himself without a country or a family in the film, exactly the way it happens in real life.|
I really related to this when I got out of the Army. It would have been perfect it there had been a confrontation with some kind of feminazi figure in the film. The golf course/heart medication scene is the best.
Also note, in Disclosure, in the "cocktail party" scene, Douglas tells his wife and another lady who are positing that women have a hard time in America, "you mean when almost 90% of suicides are men?" he says in disbelief.
In a lot of his films, he does seem to play a character who is forced to "stand his ground" if you will. In Traffic, his wife (Amy Irving) knows about his daughter's addiction to hard drugs, and does not tell him for six months, for fear of him exercising his male parental power over his FEMALE daughter. I thought that was pretty plain as day in that film. Buttressed by the scene when his daughter says "fuck you, I hate you, you're like the Gestapo". His daughter had to get the idea from somewhere that its okay to talk that way to her white, male, parent.