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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R  |   |  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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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:

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$42,724,017 (USA)
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In the bar scene where Clint Eastwood first sees Marsha Mason after their estrangement, two men, one black the other white, are seen watching Mario Van Peebles' performance. The two men later stood up during a confrontation and gave USMC "oo-rahs". They both have military style haircuts. Both men were actually commissioned officers (1st Lieutenants) assigned to 1st Battalion 7th Marine Regiment (62 area-Camp Pendleton) where several of the scenes (O-course, rappelling, rifle range) were shot. See more »

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When Highway gives Aponte the money from the "Sergeant's only fund," he appears to only hand him 2 or 3 one dollar bills. See more »

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Highway: Just because we're holding hands doesn't mean we'll be taking warm showers together until the wee hours of the morning.
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Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
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It's heartbreakingly Awful
21 December 2004 | by (Lincoln England) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood is one of the most talented people in Hollywood: Acting, Directing, Writing & Producing, he's excelled at them all and truly is "a living legend", so how the hell he came up with this rubbish I don't know? He plays USMC Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway, hard as nails and vastly experienced but lacking motivation and still haunted by his experiences in The Korean War. His fire gets lit again as he takes over a platoon which has lost all discipline and prepares them for the Greneda invasion, in which he eventually leads them. it's a good idea for a movie but horribly executed. Trust me, every cliché' in the book is used here, from the drunk who finds redemption, to the misfits licked into shape, to the nasty officer who gets his comeupence. That's bad enough but the main reason I hate this film is the portrayal of USMC soldiers. It's actually insulting it's so bad. Marines refusing to obey orders? A Gunnery sergeant fighting (physically) with a Major? A Marine Cpl more interested in a (dire) musical career than The Corps? Never. Not in a million years. I can't understand how an acknowledged patriot like Mr Eastwood could show the United States Marine Corps in such an inaccurate way? Apart from that, the invasion of Greneda was nothing to be proud of. A tiny little island which never had the slightest chance of fighting back. I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood and I've seen all his movies. This is the only one I would label ROTTEN and, sadly, I give it 2 out of 10. Avoid at all costs.


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