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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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Release Date:

5 December 1986 (USA)  »

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El guerrero solitario  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,100,840, 7 December 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,724,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,000,000, 31 December 1987
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Trivia

The title is derived from the Korean War's Battle of Heartbreak Ridge, also known as the Battle of Wendengli. It was fought between September 13th and October 15th, 1951. See more »

Goofs

The amount of beer in the glass given to Highway at the Globe & Anchor bar. See more »

Quotes

Highway: Hey, Baby. You fool around on the first date?
Little Mary: Oooooo.
[hugs Highway]
Little Mary: Damn you, boy, don't you know how to write or call?
Highway: Well, I didn't want you to spend any sleepless nights thinking about me.
Little Mary: Come on, I'll get you a beer.
Highway: Great. I could use one.
[sits at bar]
Highway: You look great. They don't make 'em like you anymore.
Little Mary: Oh, hell, sure they do. But if you want a lot from a woman you have to give a lot.
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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A Very Precious Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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Breaks the hearts of every Marine
10 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Another fantasy movie about Marines. Any resemblance to the truth is pure coincidence. First, recon platoons are not part of regiments or battalions. Recon platoons are part of the Division Headquarters. Recon platoons are made up of the best of the best and no recon platoon would have ever looked as sloppy as this one did in the beginning.

Second, companies are commanded by captains, not majors. When the major reported to the colonel as "Graduated from the Naval Academy, 1971" would never happen. The colonel already knows the major's background.

Also every Marine knows the Medal of Honor ribbon and every one seeing the Gunny with the ribbon would have immediately recognized that he was a Medal of Honor winner and would have immediately given him the highest respect, including the Major. The Major would have been so glad to have the Gunny in his outfit that he would been kissing his butt.

As for the Gunny firing an AK-47 at his troops to get them accustomed to hearing it fire - pure fantasy. He would have been busted out of the Marine Corps if that happened. What he would have done is take his troops to a firing range and under controlled conditions fired the weapon down range. This is done often with units to familiarize them with the sound of enemy weapons.

As for the accidental firing on the shooting range, unlikely. By the time a Marine is selected for a recon platoon, he is already highly trained in weapons and he is not likely to make a boot camp mistake.

I could go on and on about what a crappy movie this is but enough is enough.


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