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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend.

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Lynette Pomeroy
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Casey Seeger
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Emiliano Della Serra
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Perryman
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Topper Daniels
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Joe Pokrifiki
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Esther Pokrifiki
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Mara Scott-Wood ...
Bunny (as Mara Scott Wood)
David Greenfield ...
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Storyline

Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. GySgt Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond family and must decide what it is he wants to do with his life. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Offizier und Gentleman  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$129,795,554 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Paula was originally given to Sigourney Weaver, then to Anjelica Huston and later to Jennifer Jason Leigh, who dropped out to do Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) instead. Eventually, Debra Winger replaced Leigh for the role of Paula. Rebecca De Mornay, Meg Ryan, and Geena Davis auditioned for the role of Paula. See more »

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When Sgt Foley has the new recruits lined up and tells them that they will fail, the dolly tracks of the camera are visible. Foley can be seen to carefully step between the rails. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mayo: [whispered to sleeping father] Hey.
[flashback to Manila]
Byron: Hey, kid! Are you Zack?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.
Byron: I'm Byron; nice to meet you. Come on, let's get your bags, OK?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

With special thanks to Art Kulman of the Washington State Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development, Fort Worden State Park, Gus Gustafson, Brent Shirley, and the people of Port Townsend, Washington. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sir Billi (2012) See more »

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Love Theme From 'An Officer And A Gentleman'
Written by Lee Ritenour
Performed by Lee Ritenour
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For every student of screenplay this is a must. A classic.
18 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

A movie that you can watch over and over again and find something new. There really is something for everyone and for those who follow classical screenplay protocols this is an absolute must. The timing of events and the pace of those events is absolutely perfect. Richard Gere is really extremely good and in fact as time goes on his role may actually turn out to be one of his best. He has such a fragile bravado in this tale of selfish loner turns good. Debra Winger and Louis Gossett are also outstanding. It is a movie that you either love or you hate and, over the years, the critics have very much wanted to play it down but there is no doubt in my mind that it is a classic tale well told with every aspect of "the cinema" used to its fullest extent


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