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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 ...
Schneider
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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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It will lift you up where you belong. See more »

Genres:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of the film, in which Zack arrives at Paula's factory wearing his naval dress whites and carries her off the factory floor. Gere thought the ending would not work because it was too sentimental. Taylor Hackford agreed with Gere until, during a rehearsal, the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later, with the music underneath it ("Up Where We Belong") at the right tempo, he said it gave him chills. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision. Screenwriter Michael Hauge, in his book "Writing Screenplays That Sell", echoed this opinion: "I don't believe that those who criticized this Cinderella-style ending were paying very close attention to who exactly is rescuing whom." See more »

Goofs

Tattoo on Mayo's arm appears and disappears from scene to scene, even though short sleeve length of shirt that does or doesn't expose it doesn't vary that much. 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 Roseanne: An Officer and a Gentleman (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles (as Alfred H. Miles)
Additional Lyrics by George D. Lottman (1950)
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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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