An Officer and a GentlemanDirector: Taylor Hackford
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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Cast & Crew
|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|
|David Caruso||Topper Daniels|
|Grace Zabriskie||Esther Pokrifki|
|Tommy Petersen||Young Zack|
|Jane Wilbur||Nellie Rufferwell|
|Tony Plana||Emiliano Della Serra|
|Victor French||Joe Pokrif ki|
|Mara Scott Wood||Bunny|
|Vern Taylor||Tom Worley|
|Elizabeth Rogers||Betty Worley|
|Tee Dennard||Dilbert Dunker Instructor|
|Ed Begley||Altitude Chamber Instructor|
|James I. Berkey||Set Decoration/Design|
|John V. Cartwright||Art Director|
|Philip M. Jefferies||Production Designer|
|David McGiffert||Asst. Director|
|Joseph P. Mercurio||Special Effects|
|Jack Nitzsche||Score Composer|
|Rita Riggs||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Buffy Sainte-Marie||Score Composer|
|Bob Schneider||Production Designer|
|Douglas Day Stewart||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Jeff Wexler||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Not only a chick flick, I know a lot of men who love this movie. It's got the military and gore for the guys, and love and romance for the ladies. This was the very first video I ever bought, and I still watch it. It's one of my all time favorites.
This is a very inspiring movie and shows of a man will power to accomplish his dreams of becoming someone he could be proud of as well as others. I have watched it over and over again and every time it plays on tv.
An all-time favorite chick-flick! The closing scene will have you standing up and cheering with tissue box in hand. A romance movie with a good plot - rare to find.
This is, hands down, the best love story ever made. 10 thumbs up!
Richard Gere gears up as he undergoes some of the most rigorous training in our armed forces because "he's got nobody" while he proves to be a chivilarious lover and marries Debra Winger. Awh! A classic for the romance genre!
Was the first video I show with my boyfriend; now husband; and have seen it many times since (many years). Awesome date flick and romance flick.