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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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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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Trivia

The movie has been likened to the war movies of Samuel Fuller and the John Wayne classic war film the Sands of Iwo Jima (1949). 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

Highway: [Highway is being offered a cigar] Sergeant, you get that contraband stokey out of my face, or I'll shove it up your ass so far you'll have to set fire to your nose to light it.
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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

References Pork Chop Hill (1959) 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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Action and comedy in a military setting
28 October 1998 | by EMC-2See all my reviews

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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