A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
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
Just prior to encountering the Cuban soldiers at the bridge, right-handed Eastwood uses his left hand to change the selector switch on his M-16 from single to full auto. This is a move that could easily be done with simple flick of his right thumb. See more »
When Highway encounters re-con platoon for the first time ("No speaka English" and "No habla") he pushes the hut door open with his left hand but in the next shot, from inside the hut, it's his right hand pushing the door open. See more »
[to Corporal Jones after leaving Aponte's house]
If you pull another shithead stunt like that again, the only thing that'll beat you to the brig is the headlights on the ambulance you'll be riding in.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »
I cannot believe that anyone could consider Heartbreak Ridge anything but a truly dreadful film. Totally unconvincing as a depiction of military training or of War (and I have experience of both) it is full of corny one liners and is truly one of the worst war films of all time. Of particular lack of merit is the fight with Swede and the ridiculous T shirt gag that is endlessly repeated. There is also the low budget fight scenes in Greneda with these supposedly elite soldiers (having received the benefit of Gunny Highway's training) bunching together and chatting like a group of tourists. When I first saw it I really thought that it was a spoof. Clint should be ashamed of himself.
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