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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
The movie was made and released about three years after the events of the US Invasion of Grenada had occurred in 1983. See more »
After 'Swede' Johanson gets up from his altercation with Sgt Highway, he says, "Sir, I'll wait outside for the MPs." As both are enlisted men, Highway would not be addressed as "Sir". Such formalities are reserved for officers with the only exception being Drill Instructors when being addressed by recruits. Swede would have addressed him by rank or "gunny". See more »
My name's Gunnery Sergeant Highway and I've drunk more beer and banged more quiff and pissed more blood and stomped more ass that all of you numbnuts put together. Now Major Powers has put me in charge of this reconisence platoon.
Lance Corporal Fragatti:
We take care of ourselves.
You couldn't take care of a wet dream. God loves you.
I know that!
You men do not impress me!
Recon platoon kicks butt.
[grabs Profile by the nose]
If you ladies think that you can slip and slide just because your last sergeant was a pussy, ...
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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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