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The D.I. (1957)

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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Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
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Pvt. Owens
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Annie
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Capt. T.L. Anderson
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Burt (as Matt Davis)
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Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham ...
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Lou Tobin ...
Bartender at Cotton Club
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Guard
Jeanne Baird ...
Mother at Woman's Store
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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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28 March 1958 (Finland)  »

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Jack Webb as Drill Instructor Jim Moore was shown in opening credits as a Tech Sergeant, a rank that no longer exists. Technical sergeant was a rank in the United States Marine Corps until 1958. From 1941 until 1946, the rank was equivalent to grade 2, ranking with gunnery sergeant and other technical ranks with which it shared its insignia. From 1947 until 1958, the rank was reclassified as E-6 and became the sole rank in this grade. The rank was renamed gunnery sergeant and elevated to E-7 after the reorganization of grades in 1959. See more »

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Movie opens with wrongly punctuated close-up of a Marine plaque with the phrase "Let's be damned sure that no man's ghost will ever say - "If your training program had only done it's job." Correct punctuation is "its". See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Braver: What's your idea of the perfect woman?
TSgt Moore: A good looking blonde swinger who runs a liquor store.
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Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) 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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