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G.I. Jane (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  22 August 1997 (USA)
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A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.



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When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Rated R for language and combat violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Honor  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,094,241 (USA) (22 August 1997)


DEM 5,943,262 (Germany) (13 March 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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[after everyone is on board the chopper]
Lt. Jordan O'Neil: All Right! All parties in! Let's get the hell out of Dodge!
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No problem with it, it just could have been 30 minutes shorter
26 March 2007 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to G.I. Jane, because I always tried to think of it when I was renting movies, but it always slipped my mind, then I just saw I love the 90's on VH1 and was reminded one more time, so I just stuck it in my head and finally watched it tonite. I have to say that actually I enjoyed G.I. Jane, I think that the rating on IMDb is a little unfair, but I can let it go. My problem with the film was the way it ended, it just turned into those big twist stories that wasn't really needed, because you are just rooting for Demi to make it throughout training and there is always some kind of block to make the audience "interested".

Jorden O'Neil has been given a very special assignment, the army does not feel the need for equal opportunity for women when it comes to their jobs. But Sen. Lillian DeHaven wishes for them to give one woman a chance to prove herself that she can do a man's job, she gives this assignment to Jorden, Jorden isn't just given any average boot camp, but the SEALS, which is the toughest boot camp around. Of course no one will accept her into their teams, but she pulls her way through to prove that no one will hold her down.

I loved how hard Jorden kept pushing herself, Demi did a great job in showing the hardships of what it is still like to be the outsider in a man's world. Like I said, the only main problem was that it just didn't need a little twist, you'll see what I mean, it just could have been cut like 30 minutes shorter. But I would still recommend this movie, it was a good one to watch.


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