An Officer and a Gentleman ()

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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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Zack Mayo
Paula Pokrifki
Sid Worley
Byron Mayo
Lynette Pomeroy
Casey Seeger
Sgt. Emil Foley
Emiliano Della Serra
Topper Daniels
Joe Pokrifiki
Esther Pokrifiki
Tommy Petersen ...
Young Zack
Mara Scott-Wood ...
Bunny (as Mara Scott Wood)
David Greenfield ...
Dennis Rucker ...
Jane Wilbur ...
Nellie Rufferwell
Buck Welcher ...
Tom Worley
Elizabeth Rogers ...
Betty Worley
David R. Marshall ...
Drill Instructor #1
Gary C. Stillwell ...
Drill Instructor #2
Tee Dennard ...
Dilbert Dunker Instructor
Norbert M. Murray ...
Altitude Chamber Instructor
Daniel Tyler ...
New Recruit
William S. Graves ...
Captain Graves (as William Graves)
Brian D. Ford ...
Aerodynamics Instructor
Michael C. Pavey ...
Officer of the Day
Keith J. Haar ...
Air Officer Candidate
Pia Boyer ...
Paula's Sister
Danna Kiesel ...
Paula's Sister
Marvin Goatcher ...
Jeffrey P. Rondeau ...
Troy's Friend
Michael Lee Bolger ...
Man in Crowd
Mark L. Graves ...
Meleesa Wyatt ...
Prostitute #1
Jo Anna Keane ...
Prostitute #2
Altitude Chamber Instructor (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bradley James Bernard ...
New Recruit (uncredited)
Shannon Grimes ...
Mayo (uncredited)
Marc Kramer ...
Mayo (uncredited)
Bernard Madrid ...
Platoon Member (uncredited)
Randy Tat ...
New Recruit (uncredited)

Directed by

Taylor Hackford

Written by

Douglas Day Stewart ... (written by)

Produced by

Martin Elfand ... producer
Douglas Day Stewart ... associate producer
Merv Adelson ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Jack Nitzsche ... (music by)

Cinematography by

Donald E. Thorin ... director of photography (as Donald Thorin)

Film Editing by

Peter Zinner

Editorial Department

Priscilla Nedd-Friendly ... associate editor (as Priscilla Nedd)
Sonny Baskin ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Nancy Klopper

Production Design by

Philip M. Jefferies

Art Direction by

John V. Cartwright ... (as John Cartwright)

Set Decoration by

James L. Berkey ... (as James I. Berkey)

Makeup Department

Jerry O'Dell ... makeup artist (as Gerald O'Dell)
Marina Pedraza ... hairstylist
Jim Gillespie ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Robert Schneider ... unit production manager (as Bob Schneider)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Pamela M. Eilerson ... second assistant director
Daniel J. Heffner ... second assistant director
David McGiffert ... first assistant director

Art Department

Eugene S. Kelley ... construction coordinator
Erik L. Nelson ... property master

Sound Department

Noyan Cosarer ... re-recording mixer
Don Coufal ... boom operator
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Clive Smith ... supervising sound editor
Jeff Wexler ... sound mixer
Crew Chamberlain ... cable person (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Joseph P. Mercurio ... special effects


Samuel M. Pace ... stuntman
Jason Randal ... stunt coordinator
Bill Stewart ... stuntman

Camera and Electrical Department

James F. Boyle ... gaffer (as James T. Boyle)
Earl L. Clark ... camera assistant
Dick Colean ... camera operator
Jack Cooperman ... underwater photographer
Daniel R. Jordan ... key grip
Carol McCullough ... still photographer
John Earl Burnett ... second assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)

Casting Department

Martina Ritt ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Rita Riggs ... costume supervisor
Laurie Riley ... costume supervisor (as Laurie M. Riley)

Location Management

William R. Borden ... location manager
Paul G. Hensler ... location manager: Philippines (as Paul Hensler)

Music Department

Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Curt Sobel ... music editor: La Da Productions
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering ... musician (uncredited)
David Spear ... conductor (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

James E. Foote ... transportation coordinator
Richard Belyeu ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

George Goode ... conceptual research
William S. Graves ... technical advisor (as Capt. William Graves U.S.N. {Ret.})
Janice Lisalda ... assistant: Mr. Hackford
Sandra Morley ... assistant: Mr. Elfand
Mary Ann Newfield ... script supervisor
Nilo Otero ... assistant: Mr. Schneider (as Nilo A. Otero)
Dan Perri ... title designer
Steven Pollack ... assistant: Mr. Schneider
Jette Sorensen ... production auditor
Bridget Terry ... unit publicist
Buck Welcher ... technical advisor
Bob Williams ... technical advisor
R. Lee Ermey ... technical advisor (uncredited)


Gus Gustafson ... special thanks: Fort Worden State Park
Art Kulman ... special thanks: Washington State Dept. of Commerce & Economic Development
Brent Shirley ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It will lift you up where you belong. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Officier et gentleman (France)
  • Ein Offizier und Gentleman (Germany)
  • Oficial i cavaller (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Oficial y caballero (Spain)
  • Garni-zóna (Hungary)
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  • 124 min
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Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $3,304,679, 01 Aug 1982

Did You Know?

Trivia Louis Gossett, Jr.'s Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award win was the first Oscar in that category won by an African-American, and the first for an African-American in any acting category since Sidney Poitier's Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field (1963). See more »
Goofs Some people have objected when Gunnery Sergeant Foley referred to newly-commissioned Ensign Seegar as "sir." This goes back to the training scene where Foley was telling then officer candidate Seegar, whose role was to act out of shape for the wall climbing scene, "You can never give orders to men!" It was not fully accepted at the time to address a female officer by her gender, but by the uniform. It was not until following years that this was regarded as outdated and unfair. Eventually, female officers would be addressed by their gender. Before the gender acceptance of women officers having authority over men of lower rank, it was not uncommon to refer to a woman officer as "sir" because the rank itself is masculine. Also, some women think that using "ma'am" reinforces their femininity and undermines their authority, and prefer to be called by the honorific "sir." See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Night Shift/Smash Palace/Xica da Silva/An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Up Where We Belong See more »
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 »
Quotes Foley: [Giving some "fatherly" advice to the newly-arrived male recruits] Not all the obstacles that can trip you up are on this base. Let me tell you something about the local girls. Ever since there's been an OCS here, there's been what we call the Puget Sound Debs. Poor girls who come over on the ferry every weekend, with just one thing in mind: to marry themselves a naval aviator. A Puget Deb will tell you, "Don't worry about contraceptives. I've got that all taken care of." Don't believe it. A Puget Deb will do anything and say anything to trap you. I know this sounds silly, especially in this so-called modern age. But you scuzzy college pukes better watch out, because they're out there. And YOU are the answer to their dream!
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