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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An invasion that never came: a large portion of the filming was done at Fort Warden State Park, opposite nearby Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. Both of these parks were originally military installations with massive gun batteries designed to repel what was then thought during World War II to be an almost certain invasion of Japanese troops into Puget Sound. But due to the massive American response in 1942, the lack of an effective enemy supply route, the lack of troops, and the vast oceanic distances between mainland Japan and mainland U.S., a Japanese invasion never happened. See more »
When Gunny Seargent Foley has Zack Mayo doing push ups in the sand pit, it's noticeable that his forearm sleeves are already wet from getting into a prone position to chew the recruit out, before he actually does it. See more »
[whispered to sleeping father]
[flashback to Manila]
Hey, kid! Are you Zack?
I'm Byron; nice to meet you. Come on, let's get your bags, OK?
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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 »
In the theatrical version of the movie, Gunnery Sergeant Emit Foley declares that the only things to come out of Oklahoma are "steers and queers". In the television version, this was dubbed to "gays and strays". See more »
For every student of screenplay this is a must. A classic.
A movie that you can watch over and over again and find something new. There really is something for everyone and for those who follow classical screenplay protocols this is an absolute must. The timing of events and the pace of those events is absolutely perfect. Richard Gere is really extremely good and in fact as time goes on his role may actually turn out to be one of his best. He has such a fragile bravado in this tale of selfish loner turns good. Debra Winger and Louis Gossett are also outstanding. It is a movie that you either love or you hate and, over the years, the critics have very much wanted to play it down but there is no doubt in my mind that it is a classic tale well told with every aspect of "the cinema" used to its fullest extent
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