A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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 U.S. Defense Department originally supported the film, but withdrew their backing after seeing a preview in November 1986. Nevertheless, members of the Marine Corps have vouched for the film's authenticity. See more »
When Aponte turns over one of the dead Cubans at the bridge, the supposedly dead soldier moves his legs to make it easier for Aponte to roll him over. See more »
We went up and down that pile of dirt for four days and four nights. Fixed bayonets, hand to hand. Fought 'em something fierce. They gave back as good as they got. Lots of men died. We were with the 23rd infantry. We joined the Corps later. Hell, we were even younger than you are.
Corporal 'Stitch' Jones:
I never heard of no Heartbreak Ridge.
That's 'cause it ain't in any of the history books. Just a little piece of war. Place didn't even have a name, just a number. Stoney Jackson took one look up at it and said "...
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I normally don't complain about the realism of Hollywood's portrayal of the
Armed Forces in it's movies, but this one is just too far out of bounds to
let go. Marine recon units are the equivalent of Navy SEALS or Army
They are elite units, and discipline is strict. Back-talking your superior,
whether officer or enlisted, is not tolerated a bit, and would not be
attempted by junior enlisted men. Right away, you would have eliminated
about half of the dialogue in this movie. Oh, well... They did get one
right, though. Winners of the CMH (Congressional Medal of Honor) never have
to salute anyone. They will always be saluted first, and will return the
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