A psychological study of a soldier's state of mind during the Gulf War. Told through the eyes of a U.S. Marine sniper who struggles to cope with boredom, a sense of isolation, and other issues back home.

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Sam Mendes

Writers:

William Broyles Jr. (screenplay) (as William D. Broyles Jr.), Anthony Swofford (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Anthony Swofford
Scott MacDonald ... D.I. Fitch
Peter Sarsgaard ... Alan Troy
Jamie Foxx ... Staff Sgt. Sykes
Ming Lo ... Bored Gunny
Lucas Black ... Chris Kruger
Kevin Foster ... Branded Marine
Brian Geraghty ... Fergus O'Donnell
Damion Poitier ... Poitier
Riad Galayini Riad Galayini ... Nurse
Craig Coyne Craig Coyne ... Young Mr. Swofford
Katherine Randolph ... Young Mrs. Swofford
Rini Bell ... Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Taylor ... Mrs. Swofford
James Morrison ... Mr. Swofford
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Storyline

Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a Camus-reading kid from Sacramento, enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girlfriend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Where does all the testosterone go? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every man fights his own war. See more »

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Action | Biography | Drama | War

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Staff Sgt. Sykes originally had a tattoo of a panther on the back of his shaved head. Jamie Foxx sported it during his award sweeps for Ray (2004). The tattoo was eventually digitally removed in post-production because director Sam Mendes felt it made the character too "hard core." See more »

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When Swofford returns home from the Marines, he has a Kuwaiti Liberation Medal on his uniform. That medal wasn't created until 1994 and U.S. military personnel didn't start wearing them until 1995, which was several years after Swofford left the Marine Corps, so he would not have been wearing it. See more »

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Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford: A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper; his hands remember the rifle.
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The title of the movie is the only opening credit at the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Military theatrical versions of the film remove some footage, including the scene where a soldier dies during training. See more »


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Jesus Walks
(Instrumental)
Written by Kanye West, Curtis Lundy, Miri Ben-Ari and Rhymefest
Performed by Kanye West
Courtesy of Roc-a-Fella Records, L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "Walk with Me"
Performed by The Arc Choir
Courtesy of Mapleshade Records
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Here's a simple guide to Jarhead, without an agenda.
10 November 2005 | by Cooldude3See all my reviews

I am not a professional writer, I am not a director, I am not important. I just enjoy movies. I'm not writing this to convince you of my opinion. I'm not even here to give you a professional review of this movie, or sound educated and witty. I'm here to give a layman's take on the movie and not be concerned with politics or agendas.

1: Cinematography is downright beautiful in this movie. There are some unforgettable shots. Easily a contender for this year's cinematography award.

2: This is not an action war movie. If you want it to be, find another movie. Black Hawk Down might be closer to what you're looking for, although finding an action movie about Desert Storm is kind of hard.

3: This movie will invoke emotions. And just about any person can pick out a lot of evidence to support why they liked it and why they did not. A person can pick out a lot of evidence supporting the military, and at times make it look like a recruiting tool, or it can show anti war, anti-Bush, anti everything. It will make those that like to argue and takes sides, have a wonderful time with it.

4: The acting is good and realistic. It shows the happy carefree side of war, and also the darker undertones, and not-so-under-toned evils of war.

5: The military prepares people to become soldiers, just like a coach prepares people to become athletes. And once you are one, it is hard to switch it off once a person goes back to normal life. Even quote/ unquote "desk jockey's" and those that aren't in the actual combat but provide support roles, are still trained to fight.

6: Media and movies have not helped our perception of war and those involved. They've been putting a spin on things for a while now, and they like to beat a lot of dead horses.

7: This is based on a true story. No matter how "Hollywoodized" a movie can get, it's basic concepts and ideas are still generally intact. And Swoff was actually there. I was not.

8: To me, Jarhead felt like the Full Metal Jacket of this generation. With extreme's of both "anti's" and "pro's" you take it or leave it. Full Metal Jacket is a good movie for taking the approach that it did. Jarhead is no different.

9: Don't hate on anyone trying to do their job, if you see someone in uniform, don't think negatively or positively, unless you know the person. You don't know their story. If you want to find out, just listen. That's all, nothing more. Don't just wait for your next chance to speak.

10: Find a way to see Jarhead, reserve your judgments until afterward, and if you're a jerk, then give all the snotty, ignorant, or mean opinions you want. You won't change anyone's mind, just tick them off.

To finish up, this movie will make you feel something. Let it go. No wonder people's stress levels are high. If you offend easily, lighten up. If all you can do is go around in life and get offended, then I am truly sorry for you. Now, I'm going to grab a beer from the fridge, sit down and watch a movie, to have something to do. Nothing more.


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4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,726,210, 6 November 2005

Gross USA:

$62,658,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,076,152
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