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The D.I. (1957)

 |  Drama  |  28 March 1958 (Finland)
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
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Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
Don Dubbins ...
Pvt. Owens
Jackie Loughery ...
Annie
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Capt. T.L. Anderson
Monica Lewis ...
Burt (as Matt Davis)
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Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham ...
Hostess
Lou Tobin ...
Bartender at Cotton Club
Earle Hodgins ...
Guard
Jeanne Baird ...
Mother at Woman's Store
Barbara Pepper ...
Woman Customer
Melody Gale ...
Little Girl at Woman's Store
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. Convinced that "there's a man underneath that baby powder," Sgt. Moore drives Owens to the point of desertion. Making things worse, Capt. Anderson has given Moore three days to make the scared private into Marine material, "or I'll personally cut the lace off his panties and ship him out!" Adding to the pressure, Moore also juggles a budding romance with a shop girl. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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This is T/SGT. Jim Moore, toughest of the tough-guy Drill Instructors. One of the most powerful of all screen performances. See more »

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The ribbons Jack Webb wears on his dress uniform are from top to bottom and left to right are: First Row: Navy Cross; Second Row: Navy Commendation, Bronze Star, Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Third Row: Purple Heart, Good Conduct, China Service; Fourth Row: American Defense Service, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign; Fifth Row: Victory Medal World War II, World War II Occupation, National Defense; Sixth Row: Korean Service, United Nations Korean Service, Korean Presidential Unit Citation. See more »

Goofs

After the Captain signs Pvt. Owens general discharge paper and as they leave the office to go meet Owens Mother, they zoom in on the paper and the top two corners are very ruffled. Once they return and the Captain picks the discharge paper back up and the camera zooms in, the top two corners are in perfect condition. See more »

Quotes

TSgt Moore: [shouting] If your brains were made of dynamite you couldn't blow your nose!
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References Kitty Foyle (1940) See more »

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(If'n You Don't) Somebody Else Will
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by Fred Weismantel
Sung by Monica Lewis
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I was in the DI
29 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course I'm a bit prejudiced but for the time it was the most accurate portrayal of Marines ever shown on the big screen.

I was at Camp Pendleton undergoing infantry training when Webb brought his crew down to film some outdoor scenes and our company was asked to participate. It took about two or three days as best I can recall.

Webb and Don Dubbins were serious and businesslike.

During the filming of our short scene--which seemed to take forever to an 18 year old--Webb was very conscientious about getting things (Marine things) right and he did a good job with one exception--that scene where a recruit was wearing sunglasses. Never happen for a host of reasons.

I have a video of the movie and will bore my grandkids anytime I can make them sit still for a few seconds as I show them their Papaw when he was a young stud and part of the world's greatest fighting force (no brag, just fact).

What amazed me then was how well the real Marines carried out their acting roles. That was before I realized that DIs have to have some acting genes to get their job done.

The only film I've seen since that is the equal of the DI is the first half of Full Metal Jacket and that part is superior only because of the foul language. When the DI was made, cursing wasn't allowed on screen.

Despite the lack of profanity, it's still a great movie to rent.

Ooooo-rahhhhhh!!!!!

Semper Fi, Do or Die


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