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An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.

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Taylor Hackford
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Zack Mayo
Debra Winger ... Paula Pokrifki
David Keith ... Sid Worley
Robert Loggia ... Byron Mayo
Lisa Blount ... Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Eilbacher ... Casey Seeger
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Sgt. Emil Foley
Tony Plana ... Emiliano Della Serra
Harold Sylvester ... Perryman
David Caruso ... Topper Daniels
Victor French ... Joe Pokrifki
Grace Zabriskie ... Esther Pokrifki
Tommy Petersen Tommy Petersen ... Young Zack
Mara Scott-Wood Mara Scott-Wood ... Bunny (as Mara Scott Wood)
David Greenfield David Greenfield ... Schneider
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Storyline

Zack Mayo is a young man who has signed up for Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a Navy brat who has a bad attitude problem. Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley is there to train and evaluate him, and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond family, and must decide what it is he wants to do with his life. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Filipino

Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Officer and a Gentleman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,304,679, 1 August 1982

Gross USA:

$129,795,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,795,554
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded that the ballad "Up Where We Belong" be cut from the film, saying, "The song is no good. It isn't a hit." The song later became the number one song on the Billboard chart, and won the Academy Award for Best Song. He wanted a similar song called "On The Wings Of Love" by Jeffrey Osborne. The song was released a few months later. It peaked at number twenty-nine on the Billboard charts. See more »

Goofs

Supposedly, the OCS candidate school shown here at Whidbey Island (they never had an OCS in reality) is the basic starting point to fly jets after completing training. They make it a point to show the jet next to the new candidates in their street clothes, yet, throughout the movie, not one jet is heard, not one runway is seen, not one trip to a jet hangar is made, let alone visible, and made even more suspicious when Dela Sera at TJ's tells Zach about Paula, "that's a flight instructor she's with." A flight training school without airplanes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mayo: [whispered to sleeping father] Hey.
[flashback to Manila]
Byron: Hey, kid! Are you Zack?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.
Byron: I'm Byron; nice to meet you. Come on, let's get your bags, OK?
Young Zack: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

With special thanks to Art Kulman of the Washington State Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development, Fort Worden State Park, Gus Gustafson, Brent Shirley, and the people of Port Townsend, Washington. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC cut 6 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Men at Work: Wake and Bake (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Treat Me Right
(1980)
Written by Doug Lubahn (as D. Lubahn) and Pat Benatar (as P. Benatar)
Performed by Pat Benatar
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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An Officer and a Gentleman
27 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Excellent love story about a young man (Gere, in an engaging performance) who dreams of being a Navy jet pilot and a girl (Winger) who wishes to escape the life in a paper mill. The film is strikingly rich, romantic and features stand out performance from Robert Loggia, David Keith and Oscar winner, Gossett, as a brass hearted drill instructor. Director Hackford shows us some old fashioned filmmaking here...and it's damn good.


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