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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 8 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Few Factual Corrections and a Comment See more (114 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)
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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 (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | 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:
Ken Wahl turned down the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the factory cafeteria scene where Paula is trying to reach Zack on the phone, a co-worker mentions to Lynette that it's 3:40 PM on a Friday and she's not bragging about their weekend plans. A moment later when Paula runs from the cafeteria to find Zack, the clock on the cafeteria wall reads 12:50PM. Also, many employees appear to be eating lunch.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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Gamelan Gong: Barong DanceSee more »

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56 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
A Few Factual Corrections and a Comment, 18 January 2006
Author: Gator1955 from United States

First, there is not, and never was, an Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) in Washington state. I would assume it was used because the true locale for AOCS, Pensacola, FL, wasn't suitable for some reason. Officer candidates going to AOCS already have their degrees and are undergoing training, physical and educational, to earn their commission. No, it's not four years like the Naval Academy, but then again, it's not four years of hell at the Academy, as another reviewer attempted to posit. Any officer commissioned through AOCS is an officer just like an academy grad and both, ultimately, can end up with regular commissions vice reserve commissions.

Next, the training at AOCS was fairly accurately portrayed in the movie. Lots of running, swimming, academics, inspections, etc. all intended to result in the individual becoming part of a team. Another reviewer, obviously not a Republican (LOL), detests this movie just because of his perception that it endorsed the philosophy of the Reagan years. Utter balderdash, of course. What this movie portrays, again fairly accurately, is the growth of a loner into someone who realizes, as Spock so eloquently stated in one of the Star Trek movies, "(t)he needs of the many outweigh the needs, or the wants, of the one or the few." Mayo learns to be part of a team; he learns to care for others and cease being a "user" of people in his life...an example he learned from his father.

The terminology, during the 80s when I went through AOCS, was still DOR..."Drop On Request." It was an "out" exercised by very few people, mostly because those of us in AOCS were already motivated to come into the Navy and specifically into Naval Aviation. The rigors, as stated previously, are presented fairly accurately although a little melodramatic in places, e.g., the altitude chamber. Never in all my years in the Navy did I see anyone "freak" out in the chamber, which is a required test, along with swim quals, every four years to remain qualified to fly.

The legend of the "Pensacola Debs" was presented to us early on in AOCS. Yes, there are stories, many of them true, of men meeting their wives while going through training in Penasacola, but I'd wager there's not a higher incidence in P'cola than there is at any military base or college town for that matter. Odd, but you put men and women in the same room and some will pair off, and some will marry and remain together forever. The bar in the film, TJ's, was based on a bar in Penascola named Trader Jon's. Trader had a running deal that if you caught him wearing matching socks, you'd get some prize...can't remember if it was money or drinks. Let's just say, he never paid off as far as I know. Trader died a few years back, but I'm pretty sure some of the stuff from his bar is probably at the Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola.

The Drill Instructor portrayal by Louis Gossett is VERY true to life! While they cussed us, screamed at us, pushed us physically and looked for what would "trip" us up, they also, in retrospect, wanted us to succeed. One thing they never did, and would have been severely disciplined for, was hit us, so the fight scene, while improbable, works in the movie. PTing us into the ground, though...you bet they did! This movie works for me because I lived the life both during the AOCS part and during a career in the Navy in aviation. The portrayals are pretty much spot-on and believable. Sure there's dramatic license, but there is in any movie! Anyone who believes Full Metal Jacket tells it "like it is" is delusional; there's plenty of dramatic license there, too. Relax, enjoy the movie. It's about personal growth, love, and sacrifice; all in all good things. Not the best movie ever made, but certainly not the worst!

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