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This film was definetly not bad. It was pretty cool. A fairly funny film with Richard Gere as Zack Mayo. A pretty hilarious guy. His girlfriend Paula, played by Debra Winger was a really great girl. I wasn't keen on Lynnette Pomeroy. She ditched Sid and it resulted in disaster. Lynnette was Paula's friend who was a bimbo! But in this film I found humour, friendship, and how to get someone without faking anything.
A misfit joins the army but gets more than he bargained for.Romantic Drama
is o.k. to watch but is really lacking in parts.
Rating:*** (out of five)
This film as only one merit. To show that a professional army is
nothing else but a bunch of criminals and promotes them to an higher
It is not new at all . At Waterloo, the movie, Wellington says "Scum, they are all scum". Another version of the same statement, loosely translated from a French auteur confirms this: " The scum of the earth, contracted for drinking.. It's a wonder that we made from it brave fighters".
In Officer an Gentleman, the drinking rewards are substituted for sexual pleasures. As befits the times...
There is a big difference between this "war propaganda" and Kubrick's objective outcome. Perhaps the character of the "drill Sergeant" was copied by Kubrick from this. Since SK is no longer amongst us I would rather be pleased to know that both reflect the true reality. Army training is designed to "make a beast out of a man"..
This movies glorifies such process. Wellington used it, but did not approve. An English "gentleman" has to be an hypocrite, otherwise no gentleman..
In the near future, new Empires will rise. My only hope is that they will only destroy the Western military apparatus and keep our civilization, that they seem, and indeed have, in the case of Japan, adopted.
But do not rely on this for sure. The West has humiliated China for about a century (1860-1950). Expect vengeance...
A rough-neck with a family history in the military wants to be a navy
"officer and a gentleman." However some of the military brass stand in his
way and will even stoop to dirty tricks.
They tell me that that John Denver turned this movie down! Well I tell you something I would pay double to see John Denver have a crew-cut and take on a black drill sergeant in hand-to-hand combat. Sounds just like his sort of thing - instead of getting angry he could write a right-on country song about it!
There is nothing wrong with Richard Gere as an actor (when trying!) and there is nothing wrong with Debra Winger as an actress. Indeed Winger is actually a very good actress and it a shame that Hollywood prefers people that want to throw their sexuality at you. Sadly she is playing someone that works in a factory and therefore doesn't know - straight away - that America doesn't have a base in "Mos-cow"!
America doesn't recruit officers from the hard-of-thinking - they have to leaders of men. What we have in this group are followers and not leaders. Besides from his (Gere's) background he should know what was involved: Breaking people down to build them back up again. It is all a game - and he should know that.
Louis Gossett Jr. won an Oscar for shouting banalities and sticking his chest out a lot, which shows that such awards are handed out at random. Samuel L Jackson didn't win for Pulp Fiction, remember! Sorry to sound harsh LG Junior, but if you could really act they would give you real roles with grown up dialogue - instead all you can do is B movie junk.
The one thing that tells me that this is certainly movie - when Gere arrives at the factory to pick up his squeeze: everyone burst in to applause as she is swept off her feet. If this was real life no one would bother to look up - no matter careless!
Director Taylor Hackford's crackpot Boot Camp melodrama takes place in the present day, but it has all the musty clichés you'd expect from such a scenario (Hackford really is a hack; he doesn't even try to revitalize the clichés, he merely disguises them with new-fangled handling, bad language and sex included). Richard Gere manages to escape his rough-hewn, hard-partying father by enlisting in Navy Flight school, but his Drill Sergeant appears to hate him on sight. Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr. plays the sneering, appalled Gunnery Sergeant with absolutely no let-up, and with no regard to all the impersonations of this same character from past history (he's yet another cliché, who naturally uses the old "are you a man?" line--only here it becomes "steers and queers"). Debra Winger has a threadbare role as a man-chaser who only wants to land an Officer, but she's merely around to make Gere momentarily swoon. The real love story, per se, lies in the masochistic one between the stubborn recruit and the sergeant who wants to break him. It's a stale throwback without much humor or heart, only sweat. *1/2 from ****
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
*spoiler* Gere and Gossett square off as punk flight candidate and drill sergeant, while Gere and Winger square off in on-again, off-again relationship. Was semi-original when it came out, so many aspects of it have been copied since then that it seems a little old now. Tough to watch if you (like me) don't like Gere's smirky schtick. Keith's death is the original let's-give-meaning-to-this-movie demise, and I hated it then and now. Winger is great with those big eyes as the tough/sensitive chick, and Gossett gives career performance.
Some gifts keep on giving...like rotting fish. To that extent, this
film, perhaps the worst ever to win an Oscar, gives even to this day.
Ever since the overplayed theme song ("up where we belong") demolished
the airwaves in the summer of 1982, I have always imagined this film as
sappy, lousy, a total "chick flick" and with a terribly unrealistic
portrayal of our military. As it turned out, even those low
expectations were not met, as this film is far worse. In fact, if you
were to set out to make a bad movie, with a bad cast, bad
cinematography, and a bad theme song, you'd be hard-pressed to "top"
No one factor makes this film bad, as you could remove any one item from the film and it would still stink. Zach Mayo (Richard Gere) isn't inspiring as a lead, nor is Gere, but Deborah Winger takes bad to a new level in this film as the extremely uninspiring, social-climbing girlfriend (who puts down a fellow social climber for doing the same thing). A few years ago Winger lamented on there not being roles for older female actresses, but perhaps those who were avoiding her merely saw her crapper of a performance in this film.
As is this were bad enough, we wind up stuck with Lou Gossett Jr. as an academy award winner for his phoned-in performance as the stereotypical drill instructor, a movie with no real plot that is driven by poor characters, and total pandering to the female side of the audience that drives the box office.
While not surprising that the movie was a hit, that doesn't improve its quality. Simpleminded moviegoers will love it, while those with an acquired taste for quality film will see right through it.
A must-miss, but if you are curious, check out this film for its train-wreck appeal.
Gere is the officer 'recruit' in this make believe story of a troubled young man's acceptance of discipline. The script appears to be something found behind a studio file cabinet, perhaps lost there since the 30s. The actors move thru the film, reciting their lines as though the first time they've seen them were on the cue cards. The mere fact, that an individual of Gere's character's repute could become an officer is distressing. Although even more distressing is the accolades that garner this turkey. The only redeeming feature here, if there is one, is the presence of David Keith.
the stupid, unnessersary sex scenes take away from the real story......lou gossett makes richard gere's acting ability look like a BAD high school play.... debra winger really blossomed in later films, especially "leap of faith", after this movie.......
An officer and a gentleman tries to combine two plots:
1) a good-for-nothing tries to make it in the navy and
2) A romance between two people from different social standards.
These are two genres that CAN mix, but director Taylor Hackford just didn't succeed. In two hours, he showed 13 weeks of military training, a developing romance and character building. As I said before, this can be done, but Hackford just scratched the surface with every plot. He just took too little time to really show the essence of each plot. Hackford skips entire weeks and that's what killed this movie. If he stuck with 1 story (the navy one would be the best if you ask me), he probably would have made a great movie. Trying to stuff the movie with plots is not the only mistake Hackford made. His choice of actors was another. Richard Gere wasn't really at his best here. He just overacted too obvious. The scene where Mayo said the famous line "I've got nowhere else to go" was clearly overacted. A couple of minutes before that, Mayo said "I ain't gonna quit". My stomach twisted when he said that, it was simply too overacted. So, what've we got: a bad story and a really bad male lead. OK, I can see you think "Where does that one star come from?" Well, there was one thing I did like about the film, which was the music. I simply love `Up where we belong'...
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