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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 Pokrifiki
Grace Zabriskie ... Esther Pokrifiki
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Filipino

Release Date:

13 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reto al destino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,304,679, 1 August 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,795,552
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Gossett Jr. won Best Supporting Actor for this film from his only Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

When Mayo, Worley, and Seeger are doing push ups for talking in the ranks, Worley's helmet disappears, reappears, and changes position. Mayo's helmet flips over. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: The Easter Bunny (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree
(1972)
Music and Lyrics by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown
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Vivid characters and story make this a classic.
13 December 2003 | by triple8See all my reviews

I was quite young when I saw this and not into movies this deep, heck I was a kid! Yet this powerful film touched me and I never forgot it.

There were so many various relationships going on that between the characters, if the movie had just been about one of those it might have gotten boring but each one of these individuals were so fascinating in their own right, that it never did get dull. Officer isn't a film one can watch at any time, it's so heavy you really have to be in the mood for it. I would definitely call this a classic.

I will comment on Debra Winger because as good as everyone was Winger hasn't been commented on as much and should be. Her character Paula was gritty, tough and so likable. She was easily as good as anyone else in the movie(I miss not seeing her in current movies, she's amazing).

This isn't my absolute favorite film but its one of the most well done films I've ever seen.


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