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
Debut film as a cinematographer for Jack N. Green. As such, it was also the first film that Green acted as a director of photography for Clint Eastwood. Previously, Green had worked as a camera operator for fifteen years for D.O.P. Bruce Surtees which including movies for Eastwood. Heartbreak Ridge (1986) was a promotion for Green by Eastwood and was Clint's regular lenser up until Space Cowboys (2000). See more »
At 43:43 when Jones tells Aponte to be careful not to tell Gunny about his job, he scales down the tower. This is a maneuver called rapelling, but the sign on the wall says Repelling Tower instead. See more »
Corporal 'Stitch' Jones:
If you weren't wearin' those stripes, I'd kick your fuckin' ass around the fuckin' block... yeah... but since I'm not into violence, I'll refrain from kickin' your ass at this time.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »
I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this movie.
The grizzled, maverick war veteran, Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway must be one of Clint Eastwood's more comedic roles (apart from the 'every which way' films) He had me bursting out laughing every time he even opened his mouth. One particular line that had me in stitches was when he was telling a cadet to put his Kevlar helmet back on by 1900 hours 'or he wouldn't have a head to wear it on'-pure class!! I've always liked Clint for his tough no-nonsense roles. This one is no exception! As a matter of fact, there were plenty of 'laugh-out-loud moments in this film to keep everyone happy-like the smart-ass remarks from the punk cadets.
The showdown between Highway and 'The Swede' was highly enjoyable, too.
'Heartbrake Ridge' is certainly a lot more lighter and easier to swallow than the similarly-themed 'Full Metal Jacket'.
This film certainly passes as perfectly adequate, undemanding popcorn viewing.
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