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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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Storyline

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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Give him 12 weeks. He'll give you a Few Good Men. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1958 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Drill Instructor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Webb as Drill Instructor Jim Moore was shown in opening credits as a Tech Sergeant, a rank that no longer exists. Technical sergeant was a rank in the United States Marine Corps until 1958. From 1941 until 1946, the rank was equivalent to grade 2, ranking with gunnery sergeant and other technical ranks with which it shared its insignia. From 1947 until 1958, the rank was reclassified as E-6 and became the sole rank in this grade. The rank was renamed gunnery sergeant and elevated to E-7 after the reorganization of grades in 1959. See more »

Goofs

After the Captain signs Pvt. Owens general discharge paper and as they leave the office to go meet Owens Mother, they zoom in on the paper and the top two corners are very ruffled. Once they return and the Captain picks the discharge paper back up and the camera zooms in, the top two corners are in perfect condition. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Owens: I have a headache, sir.
TSgt Moore: You don't have a headache. Only your Drill Instructor is allowed to have headaches. I have 72 of them.
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Connections

Referenced in Full Metal Jacket (1987) 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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The Toughest Dang Drill Instructor Ever!
21 December 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE D.I. (4 outta 5 stars) Wow, I certainly did not expect to be enjoying this movie as much as I did. I had never even heard of it until I saw it sitting in the discount video bin one day. I figured Jack Webb playing an army drill instructor might be good for a chuckle but figured the drama would pale in comparison to such recent movie D.I.s as portrayed in "Full Metal Jacket" or "An Officer and a Gentleman". Boy, was I wrong. This is probably the best work Webb has ever done... far and away better than his one-note "Dragnet" performances. The delivery of his tough guy dialogue is just brilliant... done in his patented deadpan monotone and yet you *know* that the guy means every word of it. The story might seem a little hokey compared to the grittier military movies that have followed but I still found the movie fascinating and compelling. Even a completely unnecessarily musical interlude in an army nightclub had me hooked. Anyone know where I can get a copy of that terrific Ray Coniff song "If'n You Don't, Somebody Else Will"? Webb plays the toughest dang drill instructor ever... and he's under pressure to kick out the deadbeat Private Owen but, by golly, he sees a man buried somewhere in that sissyboy and he's gonna drag him out kicking and screaming! Great stuff!


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