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An Officer and a Gentleman -- 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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Writer:
Douglas Day Stewart (written by)
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Release Date:
13 August 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It will lift you up where you belong. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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(150 articles)
User Reviews:
excellent See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Gere ... Zack Mayo

Debra Winger ... Paula Pokrifki

David Keith ... Sid Worley

Robert Loggia ... Byron Mayo

Lisa Blount ... Lynette Pomeroy

Lisa Eilbacher ... Casey Seeger

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sgt. Emil Foley

Tony Plana ... Emiliano Della Serra

Harold Sylvester ... Perryman

David Caruso ... Topper Daniels

Victor French ... Joe Pokrifiki

Grace Zabriskie ... Esther Pokrifiki
Tommy Petersen ... Young Zack
Mara Scott-Wood ... Bunny (as Mara Scott Wood)
David Greenfield ... Schneider
Dennis Rucker ... Donny
Jane Wilbur ... Nellie Rufferwell
Buck Welcher ... Thraxton

Vern Taylor ... Tom Worley
Elizabeth Rogers ... Betty Worley
David R. Marshall ... Drill Instructor #1
Gary C. Stillwell ... Drill Instructor #2
Tee Dennard ... Dilbert Dunker Instructor
Norbert M. Murray ... Altitude Chamber Instructor
Daniel Tyler ... New Recruit
William S. Graves ... Captain Graves (as William Graves)
Brian D. Ford ... Aerodynamics Instructor
Michael C. Pavey ... Officer of the Day
Keith J. Haar ... Air Officer Candidate
Pia Boyer ... Paula's Sister
Danna Kiesel ... Paula's Sister
Marvin Goatcher ... Himself

John Laughlin ... Troy
Jeffrey P. Rondeau ... Troy's Friend
Michael Lee Bolger ... Man in Crowd
Mark L. Graves ... Bartender
Meleesa Wyatt ... Prostitute #1
Jo Anna Keane ... Prostitute #2

Ed Begley Jr. ... Altitude Chamber Instructor (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Madrid ... Platoon Member (uncredited)
Randy Tat ... New Recruit (uncredited)

Directed by
Taylor Hackford 
 
Writing credits
Douglas Day Stewart (written by)

Produced by
Martin Elfand .... producer
Douglas Day Stewart .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Donald E. Thorin (director of photography) (as Donald Thorin)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies 
 
Art Direction by
John V. Cartwright  (as John Cartwright)
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James I. Berkey)
 
Makeup Department
Jerry O'Dell .... makeup artist (as Gerald O'Dell)
Marina Pedraza .... hairstylist
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bob Schneider .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela M. Eilerson .... second assistant director
Daniel J. Heffner .... second assistant director
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eugene S. Kelley .... construction coordinator
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
 
Sound Department
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Clive Smith .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Crew Chamberlain .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects
 
Stunts
Samuel M. Pace .... stuntman
Jason Randal .... stunt coordinator
Bill Stewart .... stuntman
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as James T. Boyle)
Earl L. Clark .... camera assistant
Dick Colean .... camera operator
Jack Cooperman .... underwater photographer
Daniel R. Jordan .... key grip
Carol McCullough .... still photographer
John Earl Burnett .... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Martina Ritt .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rita Riggs .... costume supervisor
Laurie Riley .... costume supervisor (as Laurie M. Riley)
 
Editorial Department
Priscilla Nedd-Friendly .... associate editor (as Priscilla Nedd)
 
Music Department
Curt Sobel .... music editor: La Da Productions
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
David Spear .... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Richard Belyeu .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William R. Borden .... location manager
George Goode .... conceptual research
William S. Graves .... technical advisor (as Capt. William Graves U.S.N. {Ret.})
Paul G. Hensler .... location manager: Philippines (as Paul Hensler)
Janice Lisalda .... assistant: Mr. Hackford
Sandra Morley .... assistant: Mr. Elfand
Mary Ann Newfield .... script supervisor
Nilo Otero .... assistant: Mr. Schneider (as Nilo A. Otero)
Dan Perri .... title designer
Steven Pollack .... assistant: Mr. Schneider
Jette Sorensen .... production auditor
Bridget Terry .... unit publicist
Buck Welcher .... technical advisor
Bob Williams .... technical advisor
 
Thanks
Gus Gustafson .... special thanks: Fort Worden State Park
Art Kulman .... special thanks: Washington State Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development
Brent Shirley .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
124 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:Unrated | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (PCA #26387) | West Germany:16 (w)

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Trivia:
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gunny Seargent Foley has Zack Mayo doing push ups in the sand pit, it's noticeable that his forearm sleeves are already wet from getting into a prone position to chew the recruit out, before he actually does it.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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Soundtrack:
Treat Me RightSee more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
excellent, 5 July 2002
Author: Ajtlawyer from Richland, WA

This has to be Richard Gere's best movie and the one movie I felt he deserved an Oscar nomination for. I read once that his role of Zach Mayo was first offered to John Denver. It is impossible to think of anyone else in the role which is one indication of how good Gere was. Lou Gossett, Jr. steals the show and gets a deserved Oscar as Gunnery Sergeant Foley. Debra Winger is also delectable as Paula, Zach's working class girlfriend. I had read that Winger had a real problem doing the nude scenes with Gere and felt very uncomfortable being undressed in front of the camera. Supposedly the scene in which she is crying while making love to Zach isn't because she's feeling passion, it is because she is feeling humiliated. The movie also had to snip out a couple of seconds of Winger flexing her hips a bit too much during a bed scene. Still one of the steamiest bed scenes in film history. The most riveting moment of the movie is when Foley is going to kick Zach out of the program and Gere frantically and desperately screams "DON'T YOU DO THAT! I AIN'T GOT NOWHERE ELSE TO GO!" All of Zach's arrogance is drained out of him and he is just a desperate kid begging for the only chance he'll ever have. Powerful moment. In the end, Zach gains maturity. Would you want to fly into combat with Zach Mayo or with Tom Cruise's Maverick in "Top Gun"? Zach Mayo, hands down.

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