"O" Titled Films!
Catherine Keener, Dennis Farina, Don Cheadle,
Albert Brooks, Luis Guzmán, Isaiah Washington,
Wendell B. Harris Jr., Connie Sawyer, Keith Loneker,
Paul Calderon, Nancy Allen, Samuel L. Jackson (uncredited)
Michael Keaton (uncredited) ” - gattonero975
Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher, Louis Gossett Jr.,
Tony Plana, Harold Sylvester, David Caruso,
Victor French, Grace Zabriskie, Tommy Petersen,
John Laughlin, Ed Begley Jr.(voice only)
At the graduation ceremony when Zack says he's going to get his "first salute", he is referring to his father. A scene was shot at the graduation where Zack's father salutes him. This goes back to a point in the beginning when Zack's Dad said he'd never salute him. Robert Loggia protested that being cut out of the movie. The footage is considered lost.
It is a Navy tradition for newly-commissioned officers to give a silver dollar to the person who gives them their first salute. In the scene where the new graduates of Foley's class receive their "first salutes," you can see them giving Foley a silver dollar prior to each salute. It is also a tradition for the D.I. to place the silver dollar of his memorable students in his right pocket; you can see that Mayo's dollar is placed in Foley's right pocket, rather than the left pocket as it is for, for example, Ensign Della Serra.
Ken Wahl turned down the lead role.
Initially the M.P.A.A. gave he film an X rating because of the sex scene in which Debra Winger was on top of Gere and moved her hips in a way the censors did not approve. Thought was given to an appeal, but ultimately Taylor and Paramount opted to move in from the wide shot to closer one, making it less objectionable in the censor's eyes.
At the beginning of the movie, when a young Zack was mugged by a group of young Filipinos, their lines actually meant, "Gut the son of a bitch," and then, "How much did we get? How much?"
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Jeff Bridges was director Taylor Hackford's original choice for the lead role in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), but he had to turn it down due to a busy schedule.
Eric Roberts was seriously considered for the lead role, but his manager, Bill Treusch, attended the meetings between Eric and director, Taylor Hackford , which led Hackford to finally have reservations that Treusch would not allow for a vital director/actor relationship to develop between Taylor and Eric.
Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Zack Mayo.
Kim Basinger, Kristy McNichol and Brooke Shields were each offered the role of Paula, but both turned it down.
James Woods was offered the part of Sgt. Foley but turned it down.
During the scene at TJ's where Zack says goodbye to Paula, Seegar says "I can still taste that bug!" This refers to a deleted survival training scene (included in the novelization) where Zack goads Seegar into eating a bug that is crawling on the roof of their shelter, then is forced to eat one himself to avoid disgrace.
Paula shows Zach a photograph of her biological father, revealing that he was an Officer's Candidate. The picture is actually of Douglas Day Stewart, the writer of this movie, when he graduated from Pensacola.
Though not stated, Sgt. Emil Foley is a Vietnam War veteran which is shown by his medal ribbons which includes the "Vietnam Service Medal" with three Campaign Stars, "Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 1960's device" and "Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation". Foley also holds a "Bronze Star" with a Valor (V) added, a "Purple Heart", "Presidential Unit Citation", "National Defense Service Medal", "Combat Action Ribbon" and more.
Director Taylor Hackford purposely kept Louis Gossett Jr. living in separate quarters from the rest of the movie's cast to further his character's intimidating presence as a drill sergeant.
In the original script, Mayo's Dad, played by Robert Loggia in the film visited his son during training and had a much bigger role.
Zach tells Paula that he will later be stationed in Beeville, Texas to learn to fly jets. Beeville was actually home, until the mid nineties, of Naval Air Station Chase Field, where navy pilots trained. The base has since been closed and the site converted into a maximum security prison.
John Travolta turned down the lead role (which went to Richard Gere) on the advice of his agent. Same thing happened also with American Gigolo (1980). (which also went to Richard Gere!)
Although she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in this film, and it remains her biggest commercial success to date, Debra Winger despises the movie, and has said she likes to deny that she ever had any involvement in it to begin with.
According to Louis Gossett Jr. in his book "An Actor and a Gentleman", Richard Gere and Debra Winger did not get along during filming, and would distance themselves from each other significantly while the camera wasn't rolling.
The motel scenes were filmed at the Tides Motel in Port Townsend, Washington. The room they used still has a wooden plaque on the door commemorating its use in the movie.
Louis Gossett Jr.'s Best Supporting Actor Academy Award win was the first ever Oscar in that category won by an African-American and the first for an African-American in any acting category since Sidney Poitier Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963).
Casting the Sgt. Foley role was very difficult. First, none of the A-list actors approached for the part (including Jack Nicholson) were interested. Second, Mandy Patinkin gave an audition that the producers loved, but director Taylor Hackford nixed their plan to cast Patinkin because he felt the actor was "too ethnic" to play a drill sergeant. Finally, the producers did research in Pensacola, Florida and learned that all of the top drill sergeants there were African-Americans; this led to Louis Gossett Jr.'s being cast for the role that would win him an Academy Award.
Producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded that the ballad "Up Where We Belong" be cut from the film, saying, "The song is no good. It isn't a hit." The song later became the #1 song on the Billboard chart and won the Academy Award for Best Song. He wanted a similar song called "On The Wings Of Love" by Jeffrey Osborne. The song was released a few months later. It peaked at #29 on the Billboard charts.
Debra Winger negotiated her own contract (no agent) before she had seen the revised script and was not happy when she found out that she would be doing a nude scene. She asked to be covered up for the scene, but was told that since she hadn't thought to ask for a "no nudity" clause in her contract, she would have to do the scene as written.
In a 2013 interview, Richard Gere said that he and Louis Gossett Jr. were specially trained for the karate scenes that are used in the basic training sequences in the film. Gere had apparently mastered his karate moves, while Gossett reportedly continued to struggle with them after being trained. Frustrated, by accident Gere accidentally kicked Gossett in the groin during filming, to which Gossett responded by leaving the set very abruptly. He did not show up again to the set for another two days afterwards. In order to keep filming moving and not fall behind, Gere and director Taylor Hackford, called upon another African American karate expert who stood in as a double for Gossett so the scene could wrap up filming. Despite this incident, Gere has said he takes full responsibility for it, even all these years later, and that it has not ruined a mutual friendship between he and Gossett. He has said he and Gossett still see each other on occasion and reminisce about how much they enjoyed making this film together.
Former Marine drill instructor turned actor R. Lee Ermey coached Louis Gossett Jr. for his role as Sgt. Foley. Ermey would later play a tough and profane drill sergeant himself in Full Metal Jacket (1987). Ironically, he was initially hired as a coach for that movie as well, before landing the role. ” - gattonero975
Cuba Gooding Jr., Donald Sutherland, Patrick Dempsey,
Zakes Mokae, Benito Martinez, Dale Dye,
Maury Sterling, Diana Bellamy, Lance Kerwin,
and "Betsy" the Monkey ("Marcel" on 'Friends')
In the film, it is said that "Motaba" was more deadly than the "Ebola" virus. Then they show a picture of the "Motaba" virus. The virus shown in the photograph, is a strain of Ebola.
Donald Sutherland plays a general to Dale Dye's colonel. Four years earlier in JFK (1991), Dye played a general to Sutherland's colonel.
Donald Sutherland took over from Joe Don Baker because director Petersen and producer Kopelson wanted the character to have more of an "Oliver North quality" and decided Sutherland could deliver that. Sutherland was not available for filming when production began, but later joined the set and was able to complete all of his scenes without any delays.
This film won a development battle with a similar viral-outbreak thriller project at 20th Century Fox called "Hot Zone". That film was going to be directed by Ridley Scott and star Robert Redford and Jodie Foster, but ran into script problems that threw it off stride. When producer Arnold Kopelson hired Ted Tally to work on his script, he liked the results so much that he immediately sent it out to Harrison Ford; Ford declined, but then Dustin Hoffman and Wolfgang Petersen signed on to star and direct, and Warner Bros. greenlit the film for a 1995 release.
The music and (briefly seen, somewhat blurred) footage of a cartoon seen in the movie theater scene is from the Tom & Jerry episode Polka-Dot Puss (1949). It's appearance in Outbreak is somewhat apt, as in the cartoon, Jerry tricks Tom in to believing he has caught measles, and then proceeds to 'cure' him. The episode ends with both Tom and Jerry actually contracting measles and being quarantined.
Betsy, the white-headed capuchin Monkey, also appears in the sitcom Friends (1994) as Marcel, Ross' pet. The monkey's prior role in Outbreak was spoofed by a poster showing Marcel as the star in the fictional movie "Outbreak 2: The Virus Takes Manhattan". Both the movie and the TV series are Warner Brothers productions.
When investigating the village in Zaire several of the huts are burned down. This is the traditional tribal method for controlling the spread of an infection in many parts of the world. Food and water are left outside the entrance to the dwelling and the occupants cannot leave. If several days (usually 3 or 4) of these supplies are not used then the dwelling is burned down to stop the infection from spreading. ” - gattonero975
Mitch Ryan, Mitzi McCall, B.J. Ward,
Philip Bruns, Jack Carter, Connie Sawyer,
Steven Brill, Kevin West,
Zoe: Men are...scum-sucking unevolved penis driving loogey-hocking monster truck driving earn one and a half times our income for the same *beep* job nut scratching beer belching was it good for you like he really cares belligerent what's on cable only owns 3 pairs of shoes and pay half what you do for formal wear and then wear it again sports obsessed genetically inferior orally fixated perpetually adolescent! ” - gattonero975
Allison Eastwood, Peter Weller, Peter Greene,
Rance Howard, Sharon Gless, Antonio Fargas,
Steve Railsback, Richard Tyson, Sticky Fingaz,
Director Ash Adams saw actor Jullian Dulce Vida's demo reel on YouTube and called Jullian in to a meeting. Ash Adams liked him so much he literally created the part of "Blancos Lobos" for Jullian at that meeting.
Peter Weller displays his real-life trumpet playing skills. Even has his real-life band in a scene with him. ” - gattonero975