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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynette Pomeroy
Casey Seeger
Emiliano Della Serra
Topper Daniels
Joe Pokrifiki
Esther Pokrifiki
Tommy Petersen ...
Mara Scott-Wood ...
Bunny (as Mara Scott Wood)
David Greenfield ...


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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Offizier und Gentleman  »

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Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)


$129,795,554 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Dennis Quaid and Christopher Reeve were considered for the role of Zack Mayo. See more »


Just before the fight seen between Mayo and Foley, Mayo has red marks on his back probably from previous takes. Then later on in the fight scene the red marks disappear. See more »


[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 »


Galan Kangin
Performed by Gong Kebyar in Sebatu (1972)
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Vivid characters and story make this a classic.
13 December 2003 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

I was quite young when I saw this and not into movies this deep, heck I was a kid! Yet this powerful film touched me and I never forgot it.

There were so many various relationships going on that between the characters, if the movie had just been about one of those it might have gotten boring but each one of these individuals were so fascinating in their own right, that it never did get dull. Officer isn't a film one can watch at any time, it's so heavy you really have to be in the mood for it. I would definitely call this a classic.

I will comment on Debra Winger because as good as everyone was Winger hasn't been commented on as much and should be. Her character Paula was gritty, tough and so likable. She was easily as good as anyone else in the movie(I miss not seeing her in current movies, she's amazing).

This isn't my absolute favorite film but its one of the most well done films I've ever seen.

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