A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

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1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky... Written by Huggo

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5 December 1986 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,724,017 (USA)
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The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound. Around two years later after this film, another Clint Eastwood directed film, Bird (1988), which was the next movie Eastwood directed after Heartbreak Ridge (1986), actually won the Best Sound Oscar. Three of the four sound technicians who won the award were the sound designers on this movie. See more »

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When GySgt Highway gets on the bus at the beginning of the movie and takes off his Class A suit coat he is wearing a Class C short sleeve shirt. This should have been a long sleeve shirt and tie per Marine Corps uniform regulations. See more »

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Swede Johanson: Gunny, I'm afraid of heights.
Highway: So am I.
Swede Johanson: You are?
Highway: Jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft is not a natural act. So let's do it right, enjoy the view. Come on.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »

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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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one of the most HILARIOUS war movies ever!!
21 December 2004 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this movie.

The grizzled, maverick war veteran, Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway must be one of Clint Eastwood's more comedic roles (apart from the 'every which way' films) He had me bursting out laughing every time he even opened his mouth. One particular line that had me in stitches was when he was telling a cadet to put his Kevlar helmet back on by 1900 hours 'or he wouldn't have a head to wear it on'-pure class!! I've always liked Clint for his tough no-nonsense roles. This one is no exception! As a matter of fact, there were plenty of 'laugh-out-loud moments in this film to keep everyone happy-like the smart-ass remarks from the punk cadets.

The showdown between Highway and 'The Swede' was highly enjoyable, too.

'Heartbrake Ridge' is certainly a lot more lighter and easier to swallow than the similarly-themed 'Full Metal Jacket'.

This film certainly passes as perfectly adequate, undemanding popcorn viewing.


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