Officer and a Gentleman

Officer and a Gentleman

5.0 9
Director: Taylor Hackford

Cast: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr.

     
 

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Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Mayo --or "Mayonnaise," as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley -- is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart.… See more details below

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Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Mayo --or "Mayonnaise," as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley -- is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart. Foley rides Mayo mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with working girl Paula Pokrifi (Debra Winger) is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself. Only after Mayo's best friend Sid Worsley (David Keith) commits suicide over an unhappy romance does Zack come out of his shell and mature into a real human being. Take away the R-rated dialogue and the sex scenes, and Officer and a Gentleman could have been a 1937 MGM flick, maybe with Robert Taylor as Zack, Wallace Beery as Foley, and Jimmy Stewart as Sid. An Officer and a Gentleman was nominated for 7 Oscars, with wins to Gossett and to the hit song "Up Where We Belong." The closing scene has surely become a classic of movie romance.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An odd film that succeeds despite its abundance of flaws, this romantic drama coasts on the appeal of its first-rate cast, who seem to play the roles for all their worth, even though the script sometimes feels as if it has festered in mothballs for ages. An Officer and a Gentleman is never truly surprising and follows an expected pattern, but as a routine entertainment, it suffices. Richard Gere has one of his best early roles here, and the film wisely uses his sometimes cocky demeanor to good effect, while Debra Winger's considerable acting skills make her part far more than the standard girlfriend role that was probably intended. Louis Gossett Jr. won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a fierce drill sergeant, as did the film's hugely popular theme song, "Up Where We Belong," sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0032429078469
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:04:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Zack Mayo
Debra Winger Paula Pokrifki
Louis Gossett Sgt. Emil Foley
David Keith Sid Worley
Lisa Blount Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Eilbacher Casey Seeger
Robert Loggia Byron Mayo
Harold Sylvester Perryman
David Caruso Topper Daniels
Grace Zabriskie Esther Pokrifki
Nancy Klopper Actor
Tommy Petersen Young Zack
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Jane Wilbur Nellie Rufferwell
Tony Plana Emiliano Della Serra
Victor French Joe Pokrif ki
Mara Scott Wood Bunny
David Greenfield Schneider
Dennis Rucker Donny
Vern Taylor Tom Worley
Elizabeth Rogers Betty Worley
Tee Dennard Dilbert Dunker Instructor
John Laughlin Troy
Ed Begley Altitude Chamber Instructor

Technical Credits
Taylor Hackford Director
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
John V. Cartwright Art Director
Martin Elfand Producer
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Gerald O'Dell Makeup
Lee Rich Producer
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Score Composer
Bob Schneider Production Designer
Douglas Day Stewart Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Zinner Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Officer and a Gentleman
1. Everywhere and Nowhere [9:00]
2. Joining the Navy [6:48]
3. A Puget Deb [5:22]
4. Basic Training [8:26]
5. We've Already Met [8:46]
6. You Ain't Nothing Special [11:28]
7. Joyride [6:11]
8. D.O.R. [9:09]
9. No Promises [11:37]
10. Liberty Time [11:11]
11. The Wall [2:38]
12. Blame [17:36]
13. I Just Want Out [6:23]
14. An Officer... [4:45]
15. ...And a Gentleman [4:29]

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