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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 ... 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

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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

It is implied that Highway and Aggie are the same age (e.g. reminiscing about their high school dance) but Clint Eastwood is actually twelve years older than Marsha Mason. See more »

Goofs

When Gunny is live-firing the AK rifle, it is clear he was on full auto, but his gun selector lever was set to semi-auto. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant M.R. Ring: [removing a staple from a bundle of reports] Gunny, did you know that I was Platoon Leader in my ROTC class in college?
Highway: I'll sleep a lot better at night knowing that, sir.
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: Thank you.
[pokes finger with staple]
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: Ow! What school did you go to?
Highway: Heartbreak Ridge.
Lieutenant M.R. Ring: Hmmm. I've never heard of that school.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Warner Bros. logo is black and white. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 15 secs to remove some of the confrontational dialogue between Eastwood and the bald man during the opening scene in the prison cell. The cuts were restored in 2001. See more »


Soundtracks

Secret Love
Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
Performed by Jill Hollier
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How about just a LITTLE realism?
2 November 2001 | by BIG MIKE-45See all my reviews

I normally don't complain about the realism of Hollywood's portrayal of the Armed Forces in it's movies, but this one is just too far out of bounds to let go. Marine recon units are the equivalent of Navy SEALS or Army Rangers. They are elite units, and discipline is strict. Back-talking your superior, whether officer or enlisted, is not tolerated a bit, and would not be attempted by junior enlisted men. Right away, you would have eliminated about half of the dialogue in this movie. Oh, well... They did get one thing right, though. Winners of the CMH (Congressional Medal of Honor) never have to salute anyone. They will always be saluted first, and will return the salute.


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