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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Highway
Marsha Mason ... Aggie
Everett McGill ... Major Powers
Moses Gunn ... Sgt. Webster
Eileen Heckart ... Little Mary
Bo Svenson ... Roy Jennings
Boyd Gaines ... Lieutenant Ring
Mario Van Peebles ... Stitch
Arlen Dean Snyder ... 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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Storyline

1983. Tom Highway 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. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

... the scars run deep.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El guerrero solitario See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,100,840, 7 December 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$42,724,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,000,000, 31 December 1987
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Clint Eastwood made this movie, he was the Mayor of Carmel, California. The picture was the first of three films Eastwood made whilst he was the Mayor of Carmel. The others were Bird (1988) and The Dead Pool (1988). See more »

Goofs

While chastising GySgt Highway on his altering of the ambush plan, Maj Powers mentions that the men belong to the 2d Marine Division, 8th Marine Regiment. 2d Reconnaissance Battalion has never been a subordinate unit of 8th Marine Regiment. This supports the notion that perhaps the goof is in Highway's assignment to 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. See more »

Quotes

Corporal 'Stitch' Jones: [singing] "I met her on a Monday. She was the best. Come Sunday mornin', I needed rest. She didn't shave. She didn't use Neet. She tried to use my face like a bicycle seat."
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Referenced in Dirty Harry (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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What a pathetic joke.
23 June 2006 | by Matt GSee all my reviews

As an active-duty Marine, from the moment I saw "colors" going at about 1630, with "Taps" being played (that goes at 2200), to the Company Commander screaming in a Gunny's ear (a CMoH winner), I knew this movie was gonna suck. Stitch Jones would never have made it out of Parris Island alive much less make it through a Recon indoc. Indeed, that Brig Rat would never ever have come back to his former Recon platoon after being busted down. Without Eastwood's acting, this movie would have been worse than anything Woody Allen ever made. Also, the portrayal of a Recon marine in the guise of Peeble's pathetic character was an insult. A careful check of the credits reveals that there was no military technical adviser and that is one of the biggest problems with this movie. A Hollywood writer is about as knowledgeable about the Marine Corps as I am of Nuclear Physics.


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