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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)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero solitario  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,724,017 (USA)
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Trivia

In preparation for the film, Clint Eastwood and producer Fritz Manes did on-site research with the Marines, who showed respect for Manes due to his status as a Korean War veteran but none for Eastwood, even taking shots at the actor because he had stayed in California the whole time as a lifeguard. Eastwood reportedly threw a tantrum and became so enraged that had he had a secretary fire Manes over the telephone once production was finished. See more »

Goofs

When Highway starts the marching cadence at the end of the 5:00 AM scene, the cadence doesn't match the footwork of the Marines when they are marching away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Highway: I been pumping pussy since Christ was a corporal. I can tell you, the best damned poontang I ever paid for was in Da Nang. The girls were checked out daily. And we got ourself laid in a safe, orderly, proficient, military manner. That is until some suckhead writes home mama and says he dipped his wick in the Republic of South Vietnam. Then the shit hits the fan. A committee of congressmen who asshole to asshole who couldn't make a beer fart in a whirlwind, start telling your ...
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »


Soundtracks

Sea of Heartbreak
Written by Hal David and Paul Hampton
Performed by Don Gibson
Guitar by Hank Garland (uncredited)
Courtesy of Hickory Records
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Excellent Eastwood movie
25 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When I first started to watch Heartbreak Ridge, I expected another Clint Eastwood kicking but in some war movie. I was right, but I was wrong expecting this to be bad. Clint Eastwood is great as Tom Highway, a gunnery who must train troops and prepare for Grenada. He gives an excellent performance and he shows who his character really is and how good it is. Mario Van Peebles does really good as Stitch Jones. He shows his character well and I enjoyed it. The war part, which came mainly at the end, was cool enough. The directing was really good and all of the other actors were good.

Overall this movie is very cool and I recommend it to any Clint Eastwood fans. Rating 10 out of 10.


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