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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | | Drama, War | 5 December 1986 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

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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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:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rumored Eastwood mistress Rebecca Perle makes a cameo as "Student in Shower." See more »

Goofs

(At around 37 mins) while addressing the platoon, a marine walks behind Highway, having come from the shower, with a shaving kit and wearing a towel, but disappears and reappears during different camera angles. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant M.R. Ring: Morning, men! I thought I'd lead you through this exercise. Can't find Gunny Highway, though...
[Highway appears behind a makeshift building at the training site and sprays live bullet fire]
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: [dives for cover] Jesus Christ, what was that?
Lance Corporal Fragatti: Sir! That is the AK-47 assault rifle!
Profile: The preferred weapon of our enemy...
Collins: And it makes a distinctive sound when fired at us, Sir!
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: [still dazed] Yeah... I guess it does!
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Crazy Credits

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

Featured in Eastwood on Eastwood (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Sea of Heartbreak
Written by Hal David and Paul Hampton
Performed by Don Gibson
Guitar by Hank Garland (uncredited)
Courtesy of Hickory Records
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User Reviews

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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