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25 years may have passed since Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket first debuted, but it’s deep-seated message about soldiers and war still has value today. In its anniversary year, Full Metal Jacket is a reminder that peace and war do share a tumultuous dichotomy. And, while many may debate the merit and/or propaganda of the film, it’s clear that Kubrick’s war tale is still one of the best war movies ever produced. Dark humor mixed with startling dialogue and images of death come home in a new Blu-ray release, fitted with Warner Bros’ stylish book packaging.
The first half of Full Metal Jacket is the key reason why this movie is so remembered. New Marine recruits are trained to be killing machines by Gny. Sgt. Hartman, a drill sergeant played masterfully by R. Lee Ermey. Each command and drill chant barked by Ermey feels authentic and »
- Bags Hooper
"Full Metal Jacket," which opened 25 years ago this week (on June 26, 1987), is many things: a surreal (or hyperreal) movie about the Vietnam War, a compactly chilly Stanley Kubrick masterpiece (aside from "Dr. Strangelove," it's the only movie he directed during his final 40 years that ran under two hours), a starmaking opportunity for Vincent D'Onofrio, and a collection of the wit and wisdom of Marine drill sergeant-turned-actor R. Lee Ermey. ("Your rifle is only a tool. It is a hard heart that kills" is one of his few non-profane maxims.) Over the past quarter-century, the movie has become beloved by many disparate groups of fans, including general moviegoers, Kubrick kultists, military fetishists, and sample-happy rappers. Still, as familiar as the film is, there's still plenty you may not know about how it was made -- which Brat Packer nearly landed the lead role that ultimately went to Matthew Modine, how Kubrick »
- Gary Susman
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