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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | | Drama, War | 10 July 1987 (USA)
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

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Storyline

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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In Vietnam The Wind Doesn't Blow It Sucks See more »

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Drama | War

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10 July 1987 (USA)  »

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Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,217,307 (USA) (28 June 1987)

Gross:

$46,357,676 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent D'Onofrio, Matthew Modine, and Arliss Howard all went on to appear in films by Oliver Stone. Stone's film Vietnam War film Platoon (1986) won best picture the year Full Metal Jacket (1987) was released and thus overshadowed the project. See more »

Goofs

In the first shot of the graduation from the Parris Island one can see tall trees and buildings in the background, but during the close shot there are only small trees with no buildings. It's because the first shot was an actual shot from the graduation and the second one was shot in London. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "Sir". Do you maggots understand that?
Recruits: [In unison in a normal speaking tone] Sir, yes Sir.
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can't hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!
Recruits: [In unison, much louder] SIR, YES SIR!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying ...
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Stanley Kubrick Tribute (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Surfin' Bird
Written by Al Frazier (as A. Frazier), Carl White (as C. White), Turner Wilson Jr. (as T. Wilson Jr) and John Harris (as J. Harris)
Performed by The Trashmen
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment Inc.
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Full of Strength.
24 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Seven-six-two millimeter. Full metal jacket." -Pvt. Leonard 'Pyle' Lawrence

Full Metal Jacket is a great movie. Not the best from Kubrick, but works great as a war film. The plot is about a group of soldiers who are turned into killers in marine training, and are then sent off to the Vietnam War.

Kubrick once again does a great job at directing. Modine, D'Onofrio, Baldwin, and Howard give worthy performances, while Ermey gives an Oscar worthy (not even nominated) performance and steals the show. This is a very realistic look at Vietnam, while the battle scenes and script just aren't as satisfying as they are in the second half. Still, it is a wonderful film.

9/10.


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