Full Metal Jacket

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Overview

Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record. Part two takes place in Nam, as...
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Overview

Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record. Part two takes place in Nam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. Ironically, Full Metal Jacket was filmed almost entirely in England.
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Special Features

1-Hour Documentary Stanley Kubrick's Boxes ; Photos from Matthew Modine's Personal Collection; ; Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Critic/Screenwriter Jay Cocks ; Featurette Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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His first film since 1980's The Shining, legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick turned his attention to this adaptation of Gustav Hasford's The Short Timers, a harrowing Vietnam war picture that was one of the last of the slew of war films being made in this period in the late 1980's. Widely described as a two-act film, with the first being a gripping look at Marine basic training and madness, the second covering more conventional battleground territory. As with any Kubrick film, though, it has more on its mind than typical war sentiments, as it is a vital addition to his body of work illustrating the poisoning of the human spirit and the cruelty men are capable of. Shockingly, the film was shot in England as virtually all of Kubrick's modern films have been, which doubles for both sections of the film quite convincingly. The film had the misfortune of debuting after Oliver Stone's Platoon had just swept the Oscars, and many felt it didn't resonate with the same emotional force as that more straightforward picture. In another bizarre footnote, the film contains a passage of dialogue that found its way into a smash hit for the notoriously lewd rap act 2 Live Crew titled "Me So Horny," an odd occurrence given Kubrick's infamously meticulous handling of his films and their content. Jason Clark
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
For his first film since 1980's The Shining, legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick turned his attention to this adaptation of Gustav Hasford's The Short Timers, creating a harrowing Vietnam War picture that was one of the last of the slew of war films being made in this period in the late 1980s. Full Metal Jacket is widely described as a two-act film, the first being a gripping look at Marine basic training and madness, and the second covering more conventional battleground territory. As with any Kubrick film, though, it has more on its mind than typical war sentiments, as it is a vital addition to his body of work illustrating the poisoning of the human spirit and the cruelty that men are capable of. Shockingly, the film was shot in England (as virtually all of Kubrick's modern films have been), which doubles for both sections of the film quite convincingly. The film had the misfortune of debuting after Oliver Stone's Platoon had just swept the Oscars, and many felt it didn't resonate with the same emotional force as that more straightforward picture. In another bizarre footnote, the film contains a passage of dialogue that found its way into a smash hit for the notoriously lewd rap act 2 Live Crew titled "Me So Horny," an odd occurrence given Kubrick's infamously meticulous handling of his films and their content.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • UPC: 883929228065
  • Original Release: 1987
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 23,325

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Private Joker/Private J.T. Davis
Adam Baldwin Animal Mother
Vincent D'Onofrio Leonard Lawrence, Pvt. Gomer Pyle
R. Lee Ermey Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Dorian Harewood Eightball
Arliss Howard Pvt. Cowboy
Kevin Howard Rafterman
Ed O'Ross Walter J. Schinoski, Lt. Touchdown
John Terry Lt. Lockhart
Kirk Taylor Sgt. Payback
Ian Tyler Lt. Cleves
Papillon Soo Soo Da Nang Hooker
Tan Hung Francione ARVN Pimp
Costas Dino Chimona Chili
Peter Merrill TV Journalist
Keiron Jecchinis Crazy Earl
John Stafford Doc Jay
Gary Landon Mills Donlon
Ngoc Le V.C. Sniper
Leanne Hong Motorbike Hooker
Gil Kopel Stork
Herbert Norville Daytona Dave
Bruce Boa Colonel Poge
Tim Colceri Doorgunner
Sal Lopez T.H.E Rock
Peter "Snowball" Edmund Snowball
Marcus D'Amico Handjob
Keith Hodlak Daddy Da
Nguyen Hue Phong Camera Thief
Du Hu Ta Dead NVA
Tony Carey Marine
Harry Davies Marine
David George Marine
Derek Hart Marine
Steve Hudson Marine
Robert Nichols Marine
Dave Perry Marine
Tony Smith Marine
Bill Thompson Marine
Michael Williams Marine
John Wilson Marine
Chad Dowdell Dying Soldier (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Christine Allsopp Makeup
Jeff Barry Songwriter
Jennifer Boost Makeup
Keith Denny Costumes/Costume Designer
R. Lee Ermey Consultant/advisor
John Evans Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
A. Frazier Songwriter
Anton Furst Production Designer
Ellie Greenwich Songwriter
Tom T. Hall Songwriter
Jan Harlan Executive Producer
James B. Harris Songwriter
Gustav Hasford Screenwriter
Lee Hazlewood Songwriter
Michael Herr Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Philip Hobbs Co-producer
Martin Hunter Editor
Abigail Mead Score Composer
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Keith Pain Art Director
Domingo "Sam" Samudio Songwriter
Stephen Simmonds Set Decoration/Design
Phil Spector Songwriter
Rod Stratford Art Director
Edward Tise Sound/Sound Designer
Les Tomkins Art Director
Leon Vitali Casting
Caesar White Songwriter
T. Wilson Jr. Songwriter
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I thought the book was much better than the movie but the movie

    I thought the book was much better than the movie but the movie was good
    also; first real marine corps boot camp on screen. Harry

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    R. Lee Irmey is a scary dude!!

    This movie was brilliant. I never read the book but all the actors were terrific. War is hell, just watch this movie. R. Lee Irmey scared me. He & Vincent D'Onofrio should have won oscars! They were robbed!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm marine veteran and the first half of this movie even scares me!!!

    Now, being a former U.S. Marine drill instructer, I have to say I wish the intial training for these new marines was like it used to be. It is very accurately portrayed in this movie and gunnery sargeant hartman even scares the hell out of me!! This movie was the catalyst that made my son want to join the marines. Unfortunatley, we cant treat these new marines like we used to. We have to be soft on them. no profanity, no hitting, no namecalling. No wonder these new marines go AWOL all the time and get caught doing drugs. I recommend this movie for everyone old enough to enlist! But be weary, I now have one foot. I lost my right foot during a training exercise during peacetime. This is what the marine core did for me and I admit it isnt for everybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Epic and Legendary! Ü

    i'll definitely keep a copy of this movie as it entails the story of great war..

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    one seriously amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one seriously amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "I love My Rifle"

    An anti-modern world, anti-establishment farce that only Kubrick could do. The most revealing parts and which I think are more of the trademark of Stanley Kubrick, myself, is the sadistic Gunnery Sergent Hartman, played by real Vietnam Veteran R. Lee Ermey, a "lifer" by the way, which was appropriate. I think if they had concentrated on this instead of the traditional battle scenes, which Platoon inhabited is really the master of. Kubrick, the master of themes of surrealism and the cruelty that are endemic in man, truly has an eye for dark humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All-Time Great War Movie

    What else needs to be said about this movie that hasn't already been said in the 18 years since it's release? But I will add that this movie was filmed in 'open matte'. So the DVD is called Pan and Scan but it's really the ORIGINAL DIRECTOR'S INTENT. Cover portions of the top and bottom of the screen and you have the widescreen picture that was shown in theaters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a disturbed masterpeice

    Full Metal Jacket might be the best movie about the mentality of a soldier in Vietnam. Kubriks characters are nothing short of brilliant. From the dictating Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, played by Lee Ermey, to the nervous, and sometimes paranoid squad leader, Cowboy, played by Arliss Howard, and the characters in between, all of them have there own viewpoints on the war. Some belive that the war is pointless, that America is there to, in a sense, make us look tougher. Others believe that this is the most important foreign struggle in the world. The movie, tough very dark, has its share of humor thanks to Lee Ermey's tough and vulgar comments to his squad. This movie is one for the ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie gave my uncle flashbacks of boot

    I love this film,and so does my brother who is an active duty marine and has been for 15 years.In his opinion the first half of the movie is the most accurate depection of the training recieved at paris island anyone who hasnt enlisted will ever see(my uncle chuck who served in the corp during vietnam agrees completely) Now for my gripe: why would anyone in there right mind in this day and age buy a pan and scan version of such a deep and well shot film?What rocket scientist decided to only make the letterbox availble in the kubrick collection? For 2 years I have been trying to locate a non pan&scan version and had no success.Every retail outlet within 20 miles of my house has a stack of pan&scan versions marked down to $9 ,and noone wants them,4 years ago they avereged 25 dollars here in NJ,for a year they were marked 19,then 15 now like I said 9,and they do not move(my local circuit city has 15 in inventory and has for the last 2 years. I have been keeping track every time I go in there). The non letterbox will never sell,a kubrick fan will not watch 66%of each frame that 'saint' stanley bothered to film.Mr kubrick was one of the most meticulous directors ever,He would spend 4 sometimes 5 years editing a film after principal photography had finished. It is a catch 22: until the stores sell out there P&S stock they will not order the letterbox even if it is available as most DVD retail outlets have plenty ,and noone wants the pan and scan as I mentioned above,so there will never be enough orders to encourage the studio to do another production run. I sit here depressed realizing I will soon breakdown and effectivly spend 98dollars on one dvd because I already own dr strangelove,and a clockwork orange. And I have no desire to own the rest of the collection: 2001 is a little slow for my taste,the shining doesnt work for me as I read the book before seeing the film,didnt like lolita,and even though mr kubrick directed the shots that make up eyes wide shut,he didnt get to pay his usual attention to detail during the editing process,and it just seemed something was missing.If I could buy a leterbox version i would have given it the true 5 stars it deserves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IGNORE THE 'HISTORY BUFFS'

    TAKE THIS FILM FOR WHAT IT IS...ENTERTAINMENT! THIS FILM IS WORTH RENTING IF ONLY FOR THE BOOT-CAMP SCENE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Th Truth

    This film is unquestionably the best war film ever made. It shows the futility and horror of war without demeaning the characters. The unrelenting imagery is haunting and deeply moving. A must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Pan and Scan

    The theatrical release of this film removed the top and bottom of the frame, however Kubrick brought it back when it went to tv and vhs. This is true with all late Kubrick fullscreen dvds. There is no widescreen release and it is NOT pan and scan. UGGHHHHH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    insulting to anyone who has any military knowledge or experience

    I rented this jumbled, incoherent mess to see what all the fuss was about. I must say this is the most ridiculous piece of pop art trash, made even worse considering the important subject matter. How does Kubrick choose to portray a very complex international conflict spanning four decades? With bad acting (with the exception of Ermy), utterly stupid, pointless and tactically bogus ''combat'' (i.e. actors with toy guns running around playing Rambo spraying unlimited amounts of amunition and ordinance- a common movie effect which does nothing but look stupid- into every window in every village in south vietnam, all after recieving ''expert'' marksmanship training in the corps?!) scenes resembling some weak high school psychological drama (ooohh a female combatant- what trite five minute moral dilemma comes next), and ending with the Mickey Mouse Club theme song. NOW THATS ART! As to anyone claiming it to be an accurate picture of the vietnam war: PLEASE stop spreading such blatant misinformation. Every scene is another example of how Hollywood seems content to distort reality in order to sell some hollow, moronic wreck that will be a big hit with the Kubrick cult, as well as all those theory laden ''post-modernists'' who think because they read Nietzsche they are an expert on everything including the combat tactics, protocall, and capabilities of the US Marines in 1968. What a pompous, ridiculous, insulting, and vulgar film for anyone who values accuracy, and objectivity (DID I MENTION ACCURACY?) when being shown a representation of history. For all the people who served, i am truly sorry this is what many people believe to be your experience and what you fought for. If you want a -better- (but still a movie) glimpse of squad level combat watch Saving Private Ryan. All this film accomplishes is creating frustration, and sadness for those who wish to see the complexities of war approached with dignity and true insight. Skip this misleading waste of time...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    The acting is great and the directing is wonderful. It accuractly portrays the trauma of volunteer marines in the Vietnam War. Some grpahic images may still be with you after you've seen it. Full Metal Jacket is without a doubt,one of the great war movies ever made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Loved It!!

    I loved every part of the movie, but more especially the boot camp scenes. This movie is what started America`s love affair with R.Lee Ermy (which was a former Marine and DI). Even Force Recon even said that anyone going to Marine recruit training needs to watch this and take notes. It was a great dramatic and action-packed movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    just read the book

    Truly all hail kubrick the guys a great filmmaker. But I was disappointed in the films translation from the book. If Kubrick would have been more faithful to Gustav Hasford's vision in his book (The Short Timers) upon which this film sadly seems loosely based. People would not be saying things like Saving Private Ryan or e.t.c are showing a no holds barred, gritty, and superbly realistic view on war. They would be talking about this film. It is still a great film but it sometimes pains me to watch it after reading the book, and think about what could have been. So yes Kubrick is Great but Hasford was God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant, just...brilliant.

    The movie deserves 5 stars just for the boot camp part. (A real marine drill instructor was cast as the d.i.) A great depiction of boot camp and vietnam, realistic or not. Kubrick has forgone character development to use his charcaters to present a story of lost innocence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2002

    The Full Metal Jacket

    This movie is the best war movie ever made, it explains how important being in the marines or any force is the best thing to do for your country and even thought they play mind games with you, you just have to fight it and have fun.

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    Posted November 11, 2009

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    Posted June 22, 2010

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