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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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Action | Comedy | Drama | War

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5 December 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero solitario  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,724,017 (USA)
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Trivia

First war film for Clint Eastwood since Kelly's Heroes (1970), a gap of around sixteen years. See more »

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Highway's cigar gains length during the prison fight. See more »

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Highway: Get in there. Tell them who you are, so no friendlies get hurt.
Corporal 'Stitch' Jones: Hello happening hostages! I'm Stitch Jones, Mr. Funkadelic!
Highway: Try "U.S. Marine", shithead...
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »

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Featured in An Officer and a Movie: Heartbreak Ridge (2011) See more »

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Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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Twenty Year Redux
18 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when it was made. I looked at parts of it today and see it hasn't improved any. It was contrived to be a major combat film when there was relatively little major combat. Some of the one liners sound like they were invented specifically for the film. I cannot conceive of a recon outfit falling into that much disarray because of a previous NCO. Were there other NCO's? The guy that stole from the Gunny would be dead meat to me. Poorly acted,directed and generally the worst film that Eastwood did. And I have liked all of his films,even though they are always overacted.

I can understand why the DOD,the Army and (too late) the Corps wanted nothing to do with it. What amazes me is that I hear it is pretty popular at LeJeune today.


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