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G.I. Jane (1997)

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A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

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Ridley Scott

Writers:

Danielle Alexandra (story), David Twohy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Demi Moore ... Jordan O'Neill
Viggo Mortensen ... Master Chief John James Urgayle
Anne Bancroft ... Lillian DeHaven
Jason Beghe ... Royce
Daniel von Bargen ... Theodore Hayes (as Daniel Von Bargen)
John Michael Higgins ... Chief of Staff
Kevin Gage ... Instructor Pyro
David Warshofsky ... Instructor Johns
David Vadim ... Cortez
Morris Chestnut ... McCool
Josh Hopkins ... Flea
Jim Caviezel ... Slovnik
Boyd Kestner ... Wickwire
Angel David ... Newberry
Stephen Ramsey Stephen Ramsey ... Stamm
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Storyline

When a crusading chairperson of the military budget committee pressures the would be Navy secretary to begin full gender integration of the service, he offers the chance for a test case for a female trainee in the US Navy's elite SEAL/C.R.T. selection program. LT. Jordan O'Neill is given the assignment, but no one expects her to succeed in an inhumanly punishing regime that has a standard 60% dropout rate for men. However, O'Neill is determined to prove everyone wrong. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil wanted to join in, everybody else what's her to fail See more »

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Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and combat violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Matter of Honor See more »

Filming Locations:

Beaufort, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,094,241, 24 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,169,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,169,156
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the instructors is a real-life, U.S. Army HAZMAT disposal/safety video instructor known for the "Sergeant First Class Logan" volumes. See more »

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If O'Neil was to be accepted into the Combined Reconnaissance Teams, she would need to have already become a certified SEAL which obviously wouldn't have been possible. Also, other characters talk about "Hell Week" which is solely a term used in the Navy SEALs. See more »

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Sen. Lillian DeHaven: [on why she started Lt. O'Neil on the SEAL program in the first place] Truthfully, I never expected you to do so damn well! I figured you'd ring out in two weeks, bing bang it's over, and we're popular. In Washington, you don't even need the Ten Commandments when you're popular!
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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Feel Like Makin' Love
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Performed by Bad Company
Courtesy of Swan Song/East West Records America
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Maybe Demi Moore does have what it takes
22 February 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

I fully admit I am not the biggest Demi Moore fan in the world. As a matter of fact, she's been in some of my least favorite movies of the decade (A FEW GOOD MEN, INDECENT PROPOSAL, THE SCARLET LETTER, THE JUROR, STRIPTEASE), and she really hasn't been good in any of those. But she did win me over in this movie, because she lives up to her character's line, "Look, I'm not trying to make any sort of statement here." And she isn't. Instead of letting vanity get in the way, or injecting pathos, she lets her actions speak for her, just like her character does in trying to win acceptance as a SEAL. The haircut scene is a good example; though it's directed with cinematic flourish, she does it matter-of-fact.

Moore's performance is one of the two performances that elevate this from your standard grunts-become-soldiers movie. The other is the riveting Viggo Mortenson as the Master Chief, who's the drill instructor. He doesn't play the role as a sadistic tyrant, but rather as a subtle manipulator who gradually recognizes Jordan O'Neill(Moore) is someone worth taking seriously. He also avoids going for pathos.

The movie is best when it concentrates on the training. Ironically, making just a standard grunts-become-soldiers movie makes its message work, because like O'Neill's superiors, we take her seriously because she becomes no different than anyone else. The beginning is bad, and the climatic battle at the end is overblown, which weakens the movie. Still, it's worth a look, and I maintain Moore was only given a Razzie Award for this movie and performance because of her past work, and the naysayers really weren't paying attention to her performance here.


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