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The D.I. (1957)

Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. ... See full summary »

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Jack Webb
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Webb ... Gunnery Sgt. Jim Moore
Don Dubbins ... Pvt. Owens
Jackie Loughery ... Annie
Lin McCarthy ... Capt. T.L. Anderson
Monica Lewis ... Burt (as Matt Davis)
Virginia Gregg ... Mrs. Charles D. Owens
Jeannie Beacham Jeannie Beacham ... Hostess
Lou Tobin Lou Tobin ... Bartender at Cotton Club
Earle Hodgins ... Guard
Jeanne Baird Jeanne Baird ... Mother at Woman's Store
Barbara Pepper ... Woman Customer
Melody Gale Melody Gale ... Little Girl at Woman's Store
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Blake Fleming Jean Blake Fleming ... Waitress
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Gunnery Sergeant Jim Moore is one of the toughest Drill Instructors on Parris Island. But he's got a thorn in his side: Pvt. Owens, who always seems to foul up when the pressure's on. Convinced that "there's a man underneath that baby powder," Sgt. Moore drives Owens to the point of desertion. Making things worse, Capt. Anderson has given Moore three days to make the scared private into Marine material, "or I'll personally cut the lace off his panties and ship him out!" Adding to the pressure, Moore also juggles a budding romance with a shop girl. Written by Michael J. Hayde <mmeajv@earthlink.net>

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Nobody knew he had a girl--not even the girl! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1958 (Finland) See more »

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The Drill Instructor See more »

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Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The ribbons Jack Webb wears on his dress uniform are from top to bottom and left to right are: First Row: Navy Cross; Second Row: Navy Commendation, Bronze Star, Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Third Row: Purple Heart, Good Conduct, China Service; Fourth Row: American Defense Service, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign; Fifth Row: Victory Medal World War II, World War II Occupation, National Defense; Sixth Row: Korean Service, United Nations Korean Service, Korean Presidential Unit Citation. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie, Jack Webb is wearing dress Alpha uniform with 4 service stripes (hash marks), which indicates more than 16 but less than 20 years of service. Near the end of the movie, he is in his blues with 3 hash marks, indicating between over 12 but less than 16 years of service. See more »

Quotes

TSgt Moore: Rodriguez, if you were completely surrounded this morning by an enemy force of five hundred men, what would you do?
Pvt. Rodriguez: Kill 'em, sir!
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Connections

Featured in JAG: Boot (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

(If'n You Don't) Somebody Else Will
Music by Ray Conniff
Lyrics by Fred Weismantel
Sung by Monica Lewis
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I was in the DI
29 January 2007 | by kentm0300See all my reviews

Of course I'm a bit prejudiced but for the time it was the most accurate portrayal of Marines ever shown on the big screen.

I was at Camp Pendleton undergoing infantry training when Webb brought his crew down to film some outdoor scenes and our company was asked to participate. It took about two or three days as best I can recall.

Webb and Don Dubbins were serious and businesslike.

During the filming of our short scene--which seemed to take forever to an 18 year old--Webb was very conscientious about getting things (Marine things) right and he did a good job with one exception--that scene where a recruit was wearing sunglasses. Never happen for a host of reasons.

I have a video of the movie and will bore my grandkids anytime I can make them sit still for a few seconds as I show them their Papaw when he was a young stud and part of the world's greatest fighting force (no brag, just fact).

What amazed me then was how well the real Marines carried out their acting roles. That was before I realized that DIs have to have some acting genes to get their job done.

The only film I've seen since that is the equal of the DI is the first half of Full Metal Jacket and that part is superior only because of the foul language. When the DI was made, cursing wasn't allowed on screen.

Despite the lack of profanity, it's still a great movie to rent.

Ooooo-rahhhhhh!!!!!

Semper Fi, Do or Die


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