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Jarhead (2005)

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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Anthony Swofford
... D.I. Fitch
... Alan Troy
... Staff Sgt. Sykes
... Bored Gunny
... Chris Kruger
... Branded Marine
... Fergus O'Donnell
... Poitier
Riad Galayini ... Nurse
Craig Coyne ... Young Mr. Swofford
... Young Mrs. Swofford
... Swoff's Sister
... Mrs. Swofford
... Mr. Swofford
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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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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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4 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soldado anónimo  »

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Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,726,210, 6 November 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$62,658,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,889,998
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Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, and Gary Oldman were all considered for the role of Lt. Col. Kazinski. See more »

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During the basic training sequences, Swofford is seen wearing third-pattern Woodland BDU's with enlarged wrist cuffs, and lack of waist-tabs. These weren't produced until 1995. 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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Written by Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Vin Rock (as Vincent Brown),
DJ Kay Gee (as Keir Gist), Anthony Criss, Deke Richards & Fonce Mizell (as Alphonso Mizell)
Performed by Naughty By Nature
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
Contains a sample of "ABC"
Performed by Jackson 5
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Unviersal Music Enterprises
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Extremely powerful and moving War pic. A 'Platoon' for Gen X.
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I saw this movie at a screening at UC Berkeley. Afterward the author of the novel it is based on held a Q&A.

This movie is a bit long, but so are most War films. It does, however, keep your attention the entire times.

This film is not just a War film, it is able to seamlessly mix comedy and drama, with such issues as Mental health and even a bit of ennui.

The characters are fully developed, each and everyone has an interesting story that is covered, briefly but perfectly. You get a broad spectrum of the kinds of men that go to war, what they left behind, and how it effects them when they return.

The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and Sam Mendes' direction is pitch perfect.

Jakc Gyllenhaal gives an astounding performance, as does Jamie Foxx, but it is Peter Sarsgaard that steals the show, with a heartbreakingly subtle ghost of a performance.

This is definitely a must-see.


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