Hard-nosed, hard-living Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Gunnery Sergent Thomas Highway
Marsha Mason ... Aggie
Everett McGill ... Major Malcolm Powers
Moses Gunn ... Staff Sgt. Webster
Eileen Heckart ... Little Mary
Bo Svenson ... Roy Jennings
Boyd Gaines ... Lieutenant Ring
Mario Van Peebles ... Corporal Stitch Jones
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Sergeant Major Choozoo
Vincent Irizarry ... Fragetti
Ramón Franco ... Aponte (as Ramon Franco)
Tom Villard ... Profile
Mike Gomez ... Quinones
Rodney Hill Rodney Hill ... Collins
Peter Koch ... 'Swede' Johanson
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1983. Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination and conduct unbecoming. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers (Everett McGill), sees Highway as a relic of an old-styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring (Boyd Gaines), the platoon leader, is also a younger man who... Written by Huggo

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... the scars run deep.

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Drama | War

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Prior to filming, Mario Van Peebles could not play the guitar. He took several quick lessons to convince Clint Eastwood that he could play the role of the wannabe rock star, Corporal "Stitch" Jones. See more »

Goofs

When Highway starts the marching cadence at the end of the 5:00 AM scene, the cadence doesn't match the footwork of the Marines when they are marching away from the camera. See more »

Quotes

Highway: [after the students from the Grenada medical school have been rescued] All secured, sir. No casualties, no sign of enemy.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Very good. I want to get some pictures before we wrap this mission.
Highway: We encountered some heavy resistance along the way, sir.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Probably some local fanatics.
Highway: Negative. Cuban regulars with Russian rifles.
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: That data's already been factored in.
Choozoo: [on the phone] Sir, Battalion!
Maj. Malcolm A. Powers: Go ahead.
Choozoo: Big daddy says to get off your fat ass and get back in the war. His words. He says he wants to recon that ...
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »

Alternate Versions

Theatrical version included a scene where Gunny Highway stands in front of one of the soldiers at the target practice, forcing him to shoot straight. Reportedly, this scene doesn't appear in the video release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.57 (2005) See more »

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Recon Rap
Written by Mario Van Peebles
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Good movie, who cares if its not 100% realistic
23 November 2003 | by kyraxeSee all my reviews

I love all of the comments about how unrealistic this movie is...guys relax its a movie.

Apparently the movie industry should be putting big warnings up on the screen saying:

WARNING: The following movie may contain scenes that are not 100% realistic. If this offends you please stop watching the movie and order the documentary channel.

Think about what you are saying when you complain that this movie is not realistic... do you bitch and whine because the Matrix isn't real? Sit down, shut up and enjoy the movie for what it is... fiction.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heartbreak Ridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,100,840, 7 December 1986

Gross USA:

$42,724,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,724,017
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1.85 : 1
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