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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

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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Clint Eastwood is Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway, career Marine and combat veteran. He is a man whose life has been defined by war. Korea and Vietnam taught him how to survive. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor but found public apathy and military bureaucracy. He is a hard-drinking loner but he's trying to reorganize his life and understand the woman he loves. He is a traditionalist who has to shape up his ragtag troops and he'll get the job done. His integrity is unwavering. His past is Heartbreak Ridge. He is ready for another battlefield and his finest hour. It will come. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | War

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5 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero solitario  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,724,017 (USA)
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The obstacle course scene and helicopter rappelling scene were shot at 62 area (Camp San Mateo) aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. The obstacle course is filled with water when a few marines jump over. A regimental working party cleaned out the course the day before the scene was shot. The Marines assigned to the detail completely cleared the hole of the weeds and vegetation that had grown over the years, using shovels and rakes, only to have it filled with water. See more »

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Even if he did not like the individual, it is extremely unprofessional for a Marine officer like Major Powers to not render the proper courtesies towards a Medal of Honor recipient, which Highway was. See more »

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Swede Johanson: [Gunny Highway has decked the much-larger Swede Johanson, who rises slowly from the floor, expecting appropriate punishment; but Highway, recognizing the potential in the man, has other ideas] Sir, I'll wait outside for the MPs to come.
Highway: Negative, Johanson! You're going to become a Marine, right now.
Swede Johanson: [incredulous look as he realizes he will not be sent to the stockade]
Highway: [softly] Fall out...
Swede Johanson: Yes, sir.
[rushes outside to join the platoon]
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »

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References Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) See more »

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How Much I Care
Written by Clint Eastwood and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Jill Hollier
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"Why don't you just sit there and bleed a while before you taste some real pain"
19 December 2000 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Classic Eastwood and great fun from mid-'80s as produced and directed by the fine man himself. I have to say this is an ideal role for Clint, like Dirty Harry Callahan in the army. I truly love his exaggerated macho-characters because they're so amusing and provide so much fun for a Clint-fan like myself. In here he's a real monster: unpitying, blunt, tough and almost sadistic but like most of Eastwood's characters he isn't all that cold, even Sergeant Tom Highway has his sensitive side. In this case he reads women's magazines and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

Script is filled with obscene language and lots of hilarious, legendary one-liners that kept me laughing pretty hard. Of course I understand why critics don't necessarily like "Heartbreak Ridge". We don't have to watch and wait far to find out what the flick is all about, first scene tells it all. This movie is shameless and far from being intelligent but that doesn't mean it's boring. What the hell, it entertains and finally that's what counts. Quote from the film: "You can rob me, you can starve me...and you can beat me and you can kill me. Just don't bore me."


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