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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
In preparation for this movie, Clint Eastwood and executive producer Fritz Manes did on-site research with the Marines, who showed respect for Manes due to his status as a Korean War veteran, but none for Eastwood, even taking shots at the him because he had stayed in California the whole time as a lifeguard. Eastwood threw a tantrum and became so enraged that had he had a secretary fire Manes over the telephone once production was finished. When Manes went over to Malpaso to collect his belongings, the locks on his office had been changed and his possessions were sitting outside next to a dumpster. See more »
In several instances, the unit to which GySgt Highway is assigned is referred to as "Recon Platoon". If the unit is, indeed, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion as is assumed, there would be no "Recon Platoon". The entire battalion is "Recon". It is possible that the actual goof is in his assignment to 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. With the way the movie is written, it would make more sense for him to be assigned to the reconnaissance platoon of a Marine Corps infantry battalion, hence the rivalry with the apparently conventional 1st Platoon. See more »
Corporal 'Stitch' Jones:
If you weren't wearin' those stripes, I'd kick your fuckin' ass around the fuckin' block... yeah... but since I'm not into violence, I'll refrain from kickin' your ass at this time.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »
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 »
This is an enjoyable, if somewhat cartoonish, adventure. Eastwood plays Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway, a career United States Marine who won the Medal of Honor at Heartbreak Ridge in Korea. As he approaches retirement, Gunny Highway takes on the task of transforming a bunch of misfits into a tough Reconnaissance Platoon in time for the 1983 invasion of Granada. The film is uneven, with some moments that are brilliant and others that are embarrassingly bad. The film does not contain an accurate portrayal of Marine Recon, but it does deliver excitement and a good dose of humor. Besides, Clint Eastwood as a salty old Gunny is something that had to happen!
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