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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

 -  Drama | War  -  10 July 1987 (USA)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

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A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Vietnam can kill me, but it can't make me care See more »

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Drama | War

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Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,357,676 (USA)
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Trivia

R. Lee Ermey actually slapped Vincent D'Onofrio in the scene where he knocks his hat off. It was D'Onofrio's idea. Unfortunately for him, he forgot about Stanley Kubrick's perfectionism. He had to endure take after take of real slaps. Ermey (being a muscular former soldier) tried not give any damage to D'Onofrio. But his first mild slaps drove him to slap more violently. See more »

Goofs

The direction of the smoke from the burning buildings changes between shots in the ruins of Hue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "Sir". Do you maggots understand that?
Recruits: [In unison in a normal speaking tone] Sir, yes Sir.
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can't hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!
Recruits: [In unison, much louder] SIR, YES SIR!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying ...
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Surfin' Bird
Written by A. Frazier, C. White, T. Wilson Jr. and J. Harris
Performed by The Trashmen
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment Inc.
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Full of Strength.
24 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Seven-six-two millimeter. Full metal jacket." -Pvt. Leonard 'Pyle' Lawrence

Full Metal Jacket is a great movie. Not the best from Kubrick, but works great as a war film. The plot is about a group of soldiers who are turned into killers in marine training, and are then sent off to the Vietnam War.

Kubrick once again does a great job at directing. Modine, D'Onofrio, Baldwin, and Howard give worthy performances, while Ermey gives an Oscar worthy (not even nominated) performance and steals the show. This is a very realistic look at Vietnam, while the battle scenes and script just aren't as satisfying as they are in the second half. Still, it is a wonderful film.

9/10.


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