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Gustav Hasford (novel)
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Release Date:
10 July 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
An Epic Story of the Vietnam War [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Kubrick - yay! One of the best war-based movies ever See more (634 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Modine ... Pvt. J.T. 'Joker' Davis

Adam Baldwin ... Animal Mother

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence

R. Lee Ermey ... Gny. Sgt. Hartman (as Lee Ermey)

Dorian Harewood ... Eightball

Kevyn Major Howard ... Rafterman

Arliss Howard ... Pvt. Cowboy

Ed O'Ross ... Lt. Touchdown

John Terry ... Lt. Lockhart
Kieron Jecchinis ... Crazy Earl

Kirk Taylor ... Payback
Tim Colceri ... Doorgunner

Jon Stafford ... Doc Jay (as John Stafford)
Bruce Boa ... Poge Colonel
Ian Tyler ... Lt. Cleves

Sal Lopez ... T.H.E. Rock

Gary Landon Mills ... Donlon
Papillon Soo ... Da Nang Hooker (as Papillon Soo Soo)

Peter Edmund ... Pvt. 'Snowball' Brown
Ngoc Le ... VC Sniper
Leanne Hong ... Motorbike Hooker
Tan Hung Francione ... ARVN Pimp

Marcus D'Amico ... Hand Job
Costas Dino Chimona ... Chili
Gil Kopel ... Stork
Keith Hodiak ... Daddy D.A.
Peter Merrill ... TV Journalist
Herbert Norville ... Daytona Dave
Nguyen Hue Phong ... Camera Thief
Duc Hu Ta ... Dead N.V.A.
Martin Adams ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Kevin Albridge ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Del Anderson ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon

Philip Bailey ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Louis Barlotti ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Beddows ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Patrick Benn ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Steve Boucher ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Adrian Bush ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Carey ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gary Cheeseman ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Wayne Clark ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Chris Cornibert ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Danny Cornibert ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Curtis ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Davis ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Harry Davies ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Kevin Day ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gordon Duncan ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Phil Elmer ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Colin Elvis ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Hadrian Follett ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Sean Frank ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
David George ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Laurie Gomes ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Brian Goodwin ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Nigel Goulding ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Hague ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Steve Hands ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Bob Eric Hart ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon (as Bob Hart)
Derek Hart ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Barry Hayes ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Hayes ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Robin Hedgeland ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Duncan Henry ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Kenneth Head ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Liam Hogan ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Trevor Hogan ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Luke Hogdal ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Steve Hudson ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon

Tony Howard ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Sean Lamming ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Dan Landin ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Leete ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Nigel Lough ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Terry Lowe ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Frank McCardle ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gary Meyer ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Brett Middleton ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
David Milner ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Sean Minmagh ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Minmagh ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Morrison ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Russell Mott ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Ness ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Robert Nichols ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
David Perry ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Peter Rommely ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Pat Sands ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Jim Sarup ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Chris Maybach ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon (as Chris Schmidt-Maybach)
Al Simpson ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Russell Slater ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gary Smith ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Roger Smith ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Smith ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Anthony Styliano ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Bill Thompson ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Mike Turjansky ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Dan Weldon ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Dennis Wells ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon

Michael Anthony Williams ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon (as Michael Williams)
John Wilson ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Wonderling ... Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Kubrick ... Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick ... News Camera Operator at Mass Grave (uncredited)

David Palffy ... Mass Grave Soldier (uncredited)

John Ward ... TV Camera Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Gustav Hasford (novel "The Short Timers")

Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
Michael Herr (screenplay) &
Gustav Hasford (screenplay)

Produced by
Jan Harlan .... executive producer
Michael Herr .... associate producer
Philip Hobbs .... co-producer
Stanley Kubrick .... producer
 
Original Music by
Vivian Kubrick  (as Abigail Mead)
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome (lighting cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Martin Hunter 
 
Casting by
Leon Vitali 
 
Production Design by
Anton Furst 
 
Art Direction by
Keith Pain 
Rod Stratfold 
Leslie Tomkins  (as Les Tomkins)
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Drake (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Keith Denny 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... co-makeup artist (as Christine Allsop)
Jennifer Boost .... co-makeup artist
Leonard .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Philip Kohler .... production manager (as Phil Kohler)
Bill Shepherd .... unit production manager
Paul Hitchcock .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Needham .... first assistant director
Chris Thompson .... second assistant director (as Christopher Thompson)
Ken Shane .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Allett .... stand-by prop
Frank Billington-Marks .... propman
Ronald Boyd .... stagehand
A.R. Carter .... carpenter
T.R. Carter .... carpenter
John Chapple .... supervising painter
Leonard Chubb .... painter
R. Dave Favell Clarke .... propman
Jane Cooke .... prop buyer
Jim Cowan .... stand-by construction
George Crawford .... construction manager
Winston Depper .... dressing prop
Marc Dillon .... dressing prop
Dominic Farrugia .... plasterer
Anthony Frewin .... art department researcher
David Gruar .... stagehand (as David Gruer)
Danny Hunter .... stand-by prop
John Marsella .... stand-by construction
Joe Martin .... assistant construction manager
Michael Martin .... stagehand
Stephen Martin .... stagehand
Colin McDonagh .... stand-by construction
Brian Morris .... stand-by construction
Leslie Evans Pearce .... painter
Nigel Phelps .... assistant art director
Michael Quinn .... plasterer
George Reynolds .... stand-by construction
Tom Roberts .... painter
Andrew Rothschild .... assistant art director
Steve Simmonds .... set dresser (as Stephen Simmonds)
Paul Turner .... chargehand prop
Brian Wells .... prop master
Terry Wells .... stand-by prop
Micky Wheeler .... dressing prop (as Michael Wheeler)
Mark Wilkinson .... carpenter
Gerry Bourke .... props (uncredited)
Alan Cheevers .... plasterer (uncredited)
Philip Elton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Richard Mccarthy .... hod plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roger Cherrill .... sound transfer
Paul Conway .... assistant sound editor
Peter Culverwell .... assistant sound editor
Mike Dowson .... dubbing mixer
Nigel Galt .... sound editor
Joe Illing .... dialogue editor
Andy Nelson .... dubbing mixer
Edward Tise .... sound editor
Edward Tise .... sound recordist
Martin Trevis .... boom operator
Steve Bartlett .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alan Barnard .... special effects senior technician
Jeff Clifford .... special effects senior technician
Peter Dawson .... special effects senior technician
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Eddie Butler .... modeller
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ainslie .... follow focus
Ken Arlidge .... aerial photographer
Maurice Arnold .... follow focus
Jean Marc Bringuier .... Steadicam operator (as Jean-Marc Bringuier)
Mark Ellis .... grip
Manuel Harlan .... video operator
Michaela Mason .... camera trainee
Vaughan Matthews .... camera trainee
Seamus O'Kane .... chief electrician
Les Phipps .... rigger
Brian Rose .... follow focus
Jonathan Taylor .... follow focus
John Ward .... Steadicam operator
Peter Wilkinson .... rigger
Jason Wrenn .... assistant camera
Adam Dale .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stewart Hadley .... generator operator (uncredited)
Simon Mills .... clapper loader: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Nguyen Thi My Chau .... additional casting: Vietnam
Marion Dougherty .... additional casting
Jane Feinberg .... additional casting
Mike Fenton .... additional casting
Dan Tran .... additional casting: Vietnam
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Birkinshaw .... wardrobe master (as John Birkenshaw)
Helen Gill .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Rona Buchanan .... editor trainee
Adam Watkins .... montage editing engineer
 
Transportation Department
James Black .... unit driver
Steve Coulridge .... unit driver
Dave Croucher .... transportation
Ron Digweed .... transportation
Nick Johns .... action vehicle engineer
Paul Karamadza .... unit driver
Ron Lowe .... transport facilities
Mark White .... transportation (as Chalky White)
Bill Wright .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Margaret Adams .... production coordinator
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant
Matthew Coles .... production runner
Emilio D'Alessandro .... assistant to producer
Rita Dean .... assistant accountant
R. Lee Ermey .... technical advisor (as Lee Ermey)
Chester Eyre .... laboratory contact
Carmen Fitzgerald .... nurse
Anthony Frewin .... assistant to producer
Linda Glatzel .... nurse
Julian Harcourt .... special computer editing programs
Robert Hills .... armorer
Steve Millson .... production assistant
John Oxlade .... armorer
Julie Robinson .... continuity
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician
Michael Shevloff .... production runner
Wendy Shorter .... secretary to producer
Alan Steele .... accounts computer operator
Leon Vitali .... assistant to director
Bob Warren .... helicopter pilot
Joseph Cline .... production assistant (uncredited)
Nick Frewin .... key model maker (uncredited)
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (DVD rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 (original rating) | France:U (re-rating) | Greece:K-17 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Ireland:15 (re-rating) (2007) | Israel:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1994) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) (1988) | Japan:R-15 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2007) | USA:R (#28633) | Vietnam:(Banned) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Cameo: [Vivian Kubrick]Stanley Kubrick's daughter makes a cameo appearance during a scene in Vietnam where Joker and Rafterman encounter a mass open grave. She can be seen wielding a motion picture camera, shooting into the open grave for a few moments. Vivian Kubrick was also the film's composer, credited as Abigal Mead. According to her, the name was based on Abbott's Mead, the mansion where the Kubricks lived from 1965 to 1979. It was located near to MGM's Borehamwood studio.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Upon the initial attack at Hue City, many of the soldier's "bullets" are inconsistent with the actual line of fire. Sometimes the buildings show bullet impacts before the weapons are fired, while at other times, the weapons are fired with a clear line to the buildings, yet no impact craters or impact damage and smoke is seen - evidence that the soldiers are firing blanks.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 for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit! Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?
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Soundtrack:
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174 out of 222 people found the following review useful.
Kubrick - yay! One of the best war-based movies ever, 5 November 2002
Author: Aidan McGuinness from Dublin, Ireland

I like Kubrick's stuff. Generally any movie he directed was several notches, in quality terms, above any other director (particularly those working nowdays). Does `Full Metal Jacket' continue to show the mastermind behind `2001', `The Shining' and `Dr. Strangelove'? Yup, it does.

As plots go. there isn't much here. I don't particularly care because the script makes up for it. `Full Metal Jacket' is very much a movie of two halves - the first half dealing with a group of conscripts in training at military camp and the hardships they endure under their `hard-as-nails' instructor. The second half is about their exploits in Vietnam itself. Fights? In 'Nam? Haven't we seen all that before? Yes, but rarely with such an experienced hand at work. And it's the camp scenes that are so wonderful.

Gustav Hasford et. Al. have produced an excellent script, particularly for the opening hour. There's barely a moment's pause before you're thrown into the screaming face of Sergeant Hartman. He's hurling abuse at his new recruits with lines so forceful and sharp they'll have you gasping in shock while simultaneously laughing in incredulity. It's the way the script runs in without a pause for breath that helps so wonderfully - and the fact that it's so powerful. It's never just about one-liners from a sergeant, it's also telling a story about how humans work under these conditions. The first half is about how they suffer under their own at home (and very well told it is too), the second half about the human condition under the duress of war. It's an interesting comparison, and a tale well told. The battle may lack some sort of overall context or resolution, but then I feel that's in keeping with the movie - it's about the individual, and not the war, and such elements cannot be easily quantified.

All the characters have a grounded `real world' feel to them, due to both the material and the versatility of the actors. R. Lee Emery is viciously delightful as the manic Sergeant Hartman, while managing to add occasional touches of humanity and a `this is for your own good' attitude through subtle gestures. Matthew Modine is the amiable lead, Private Joker, and as such balances the hard and soft edges admirably (if not spectacularly). The other stand out though is Vincent D'Onofrio as Private Gomer Pyle, the recruit picked upon by Hartman and the other cadets. There's a wonderful innocence about him in the beginning, which transforms into a frightening hardening of his soul later on. The evil/beyond-hope look he gives later on (anyone who has seen the movie will know the one I mean), remains as the most frightening look I've ever seen depicted onscreen. All in all the cast accredit themselves well here.

And so to the direction. It's Kubrick. It's good. Once more there's excellent cinematography - check out the haunting, almost claustrophobic landscapes of Vietnam. There's some lovely use of filters (that haunting blue). There's a brilliant subtle score, that's eerie when used, but never intrusive. There's a very good command of pace - the viewer is never left idle or bored, and the story (particularly in the tremendous first half) flows along smoothly. Great touches abound throughout - check out the many examples, such as the opening scene of Hartman marching right up to the recruits (and to the camera), spitting and screaming vindictive comments, almost as if at the viewer. Some may criticise the almost disconnected feeling you have in the battle scenes towards the end, but I found their stillness, their quietness, and raw power, far more effective than the flash-bang wizardry employed in tripe such as `We Were Heroes'. I can blather on about Kubrick for ages. so I'll stop now.

Is `Full Metal Jacket' perfect? Not quite because of the `two halves' syndrome. Although they do contrast and complement one another, the first half is very much the stronger half. The second feels weaker against it. In and of itself the second half would normally be regarded well, but it doesn't have the visceral power that the first does. I love both bits, but I do love one bit more. This makes the movie suffer just a little. There's so much to like here though that I can't criticise too much - and so much to cherish (especially in the lines delved out). Once more the main man succeeds. Definetely worth seeing. 9/10.

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