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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  5 December 1986 (USA)
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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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Major Powers
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Sgt. Webster
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Little Mary
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Roy Jennings, Palace Bar Owner
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Stitch
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Aponte (as Ramon Franco)
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Quinones
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Collins
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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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Action | Comedy | Drama | War

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5 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heartbreak Ridge  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,724,017 (USA)
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Trivia

The scene where GySgt Highway 1st meets his platoon is filmed in the real quonset huts of A Co., 1st Recon Bn, at Camp Talega on board Camp Pendleton. When Clint Eastwood throws the radio, Recon Marines from A Co, Todd Selner (standing blond) and Andrew Schneider (reading playboy) are in the background. See more »

Goofs

Gunny Highway's Recon Platoon is commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant (LT Ring), which is the right level of command for a platoon in the Army or Marine Corps. However, 1st Platoon appears to be led by Major Powers throughout the movie vice a 1st/2nd LT. Army and Marine majors command at the battalion or company level, never at the platoon level. Another 2LT/1LT should have been in charge of 1st Platoon. See more »

Quotes

Judge Zane: Thank you for your testimony, Officer Reese. Sergeant Highway, drunk and disorderly. Fighting in a public establishment. Urinating on a police vehicle?
Highway: Well, it seemed like the thing to do, sir.
Judge Zane: Just because there's no war going on does not give you the right to start one every time you get drunk. Now I'm taking into account your excellent military record and your commitment to the security of this great nation. But this is your last chance. One hundred dollar fine. Next!
Highway: [...]
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References Pork Chop Hill (1959) See more »

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Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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A deeply touching movie.
12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not sure I know what a spoiler is, but you could read the script of this movie and still enjoy watching its great collection of actors.

Beyond the story actually being told, this movie provides the viewer with some insight to the military mind and persona. Including real Marines on the cast wasn't truly necessary, but provided an additional level of realism. The marital and drinking problems common among servicemen (especially "lifers") are richly shown in this highly realistic drama. The movie locations will be recognized by many Servicemen, ex-Servicemen and their dependents. Likewise, the action will be all too familiar.

Clint Eastwood portrays a hardened, grizzled old-time Marine who transfers into a training battalion, only to be confronted by an old-time rival and a commander who will top your list of people to despise, especially if you were ever in the service.

Besides being sad, funny, and entertaining this movie is quite true-to-life. Watch it once to enjoy a really good movie. Watch it a second time for the education it can provide.

Oh, in validation: I wasn't a Marine. But I was an FMF attached Corpsman.


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