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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gny. Sgt. Hartman (as Lee Ermey)
Rafterman (as Kevyn Major-Howard)
Lt. Touchdown
Kieron Jecchinis ...
Tim Colceri ...
Jon Stafford ...
Doc Jay (as John Stafford)
Ian Tyler ...
Lt. Cleves


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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Drama | War


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Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket  »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,217,307, 28 June 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.33 : 1
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Stephen Woolley remembers a birthday party at his flat, at which Anton Furst collapsed at 10.30, because he was on personal call to Stanley Kubrick 24 hours a day. See more »


During the range shoot, Hartmann watches over Pyle's shoulder and compliments him on his shooting skill. In reality, he would not be able to see the bullet holes from the firing point, especially without binoculars. Sometimes, each shot may be indicated by the butt party, but the prior shot of the targets did not show that happening. See more »


[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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Referenced in The Salon (2005) See more »


The Marines Hymn
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Geneviève de Brabant"
Performed by The Goldman Band
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A film of two halves
9 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

'Full Metal Jacket' was a film that I had been meaning to watch for a while after all the good stuff I had heard about it.

It really is a film of two halves, unfortunately I didn't like the 2nd half.

The 1st half at boot camp was excellent, we saw a lot of character development and emotion as well as a lot of humour and really serious issues. R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D'Onofrio were just brilliant.

The 2nd half I didn't enjoy as much, it looked great and there was a lot of action but it was just a bit boring and felt really dragged out, whereas the 1st part just had everything that you wanted.

Glad I got round to seeing it but wouldn't watch it again, slightly disappointed after a really good start to the film.


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