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A young man gets a crash course in the madness of war in this fact-based drama from director Sam Mendes. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford Jake Gyllenhaal decides to join the Marines, just like his father and his father before him, and signs on just in time to be sent to Iraq to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. After experiencing the rigors of boot camp, Swofford and his pal Troy Peter Sarsgaard are trained to be snipers, and under the leadership of Sgt. Sykes Jamie Foxx and Lt. Col. Kazinski Chris Cooper, the two land in ...
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Overview

A young man gets a crash course in the madness of war in this fact-based drama from director Sam Mendes. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford Jake Gyllenhaal decides to join the Marines, just like his father and his father before him, and signs on just in time to be sent to Iraq to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. After experiencing the rigors of boot camp, Swofford and his pal Troy Peter Sarsgaard are trained to be snipers, and under the leadership of Sgt. Sykes Jamie Foxx and Lt. Col. Kazinski Chris Cooper, the two land in the middle of a desert where they're up against an enemy they can't always see under a blazing sun with hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Swofford, Troy, and their fellow soldiers rely on the wits, their sense of humor, and their friendship of their brothers in arms to deal with a situation that doesn't much resemble what they saw on television at home. Jarhead was based on the memoirs of the real-life Anthony Swofford, who did serve as a sniper in the 1991 Gulf War; the title comes from military slang for a Marine enlistee.
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Special Features

Over 35 minutes of deleted scenes including more of Swoff's Fantasy sequences; In-depth "Jarhead" interviews and much more!
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Editorial Reviews

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Based on the bestselling memoir by former Marine Anthony Swofford, Jarhead depicts the 1991 Gulf War to liberate Kuwait as an exercise in tedium punctuated by occasional bursts of savagery. Swoff Jake Gyllenhaal and his buddies in an elite Marine unit undergo rigorous training and are revved up by their commanding officers -- Staff Sgt. Sykes Jamie Foxx and Lt. Col. Kazinski Chris Cooper -- in preparation for what they believe will be a hard-fought campaign. But as Operation Desert Shield turns into a borderline siege, member of this elite killing unit are reduced to playing football in the desert and squabbling among themselves to burn off the adrenaline. "All dressed up with nowhere to go" is how you could describe the plight of Swoff and his bloodthirsty buddies, whose energies are gradually dissipated in often self-destructive ways. Operation Desert Storm finally unfolds in the film’s final 30 minutes, and the crew marches northward into Iraq only to encounter bodies roasted by air power and burning oil wells, rather than the expected ground-level combat. Director Sam Mendes American Beauty doesn't grind any ideological axes with this engrossing film; instead he focuses on the absurdities of Swofford’s experience as a sniper whose deadly skills are rendered superfluous by whiz-bang smart bombs. Standouts among the impressive ensemble cast are Peter Sarsgaard as Allan Troy, Swoff's more mature partner and mentor, and Foxx, who finds the humanity in a Marine Corps lifer to whom this is just another mission. Mendes borrows a little -- especially in the boot-camp sequences -- from such war films as Full Metal Jacket, but for the most part his is an original, unique vision of armed conflict in the modern age. He's less concerned with the wounds to soldiers' bodies than with those to their psyches, and that makes Jarhead something offbeat and special.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Sam Mendes' Jarhead does not tell a new story. Countless other films have shown how war affects soldiers. Mendes is savvy enough to know this and goes so far as to reference Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now early in the film almost as a way of admitting how pedestrian his basic story is. What sets this film apart is that although the story is old, the characters are new. The characters played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard become real people over the course of the film, making their experiences all the more compelling to an audience. In addition to developing a pair of specific characters, the film smartly teaches the audience more than a few aspects of what daily life was like during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The film demonstrates the pent-up energy of young men not allowed the release of either sex or war. The soldier's unique war experience is expressed beautifully in the film's final act when, once the men actually get close to real combat, cinematographer Roger Deakins lights the film by the shifting light from fires that burn in sabotaged oil fields. There has never been a film sequence that looks like that one does, just as there has never been a war film quite like Jarhead. The film lacks profundity, but it does contain a specificity that makes it a compelling experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • UPC: 025192784323
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Pan & Scan / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Anthony "Swoff" Swofford
Peter Sarsgaard Allen Troy
Lucas Black Chris Kruger
Brian Gberaghty Fergus O'Donnell
Brian Geraghty Fergus O'Donnell, Fergus
Jacob Vargas Cortez
Laz Alonso Escobar
Evan Jones Fowler
Chris Cooper Lieutenant Colonel Kazinski
Dennis Haysbert Major Lincoln
Jamie Foxx Staff Sergeant Sykes
Scott MacDonald Detective Inspector Fitch
Ming Lo Bored Gunny
Kevin Foster Branded Marine
Damion Poitier Poitier
Riad Galayini Nurse
Craig Coyne Young Mr. Swofford
Rini Bell Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Allyn Taylor Mrs. Swofford
James Morrison Mr. Swofford
Arman Zajic Boy Swoff
Brianne Davis Kristina
Brian Casey Paintball Marine
Ernest Ozuna Sergeant Major
Tyler Sedustine Harris
Jocko Sims Julius
Jonathon R. Mize STA Graudate
Joel Prato STA Graudate
Kristin Richardson Stewardess
Ivan Fenyo Pinko
Peter Gail Doc John
Jaimie Martz Foster
Kareem J. Grimes Welty
Donna Kimball Reporter
Marty Papazian Dettman
Mark Davis Dettman's Neighbor
John Krasinski Corporal Harrigan
Christian Reeve Bedouin
Mike Akrawi Bedouin
Toufiq Tulsiram Bedouin
Jubin K. Bedouin
Hari Bali Bedouin
Kurt Larson Arguing Corporal
Ammar Daraiesh Iraqi Officer
Al Faris Iraqi Officer
V.J. Foster Vietnam Vet
Technical Credits
Sam Mendes Director
Steven E. Anderson Makeup
William Broyles Screenwriter
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
John Chichester Set Decoration/Design
Bobby Cohen Executive Producer
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Lucy Fisher Producer
Steve Johnson's Edge FX Makeup Special Effects
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Adrian Grunberg Asst. Director
Pippa Harris Co-producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Dean Jones Makeup
Louis Lazzara Makeup
Dennis Liddiard Makeup
Sharon Mann Production Manager
Kyrsten Mate Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Mercer Executive Producer
Walter Murch Editor
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Marc Niro Art Director
Francisco X. Perez Makeup
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Ressler Camera Operator
Raul Sarmiento Rina Makeup
P. Scott Sakamoto Camera Operator
Doug Wick Producer
Christina Wilson Art Director
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Zane Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jarhead
1. Fresh Meat (Main Titles) [6:27]
2. Do You Have What it Takes? [6:06]
3. Getting the Fear Out [3:14]
4. Scout Sniper [1:46]
5. Operation Desert Shield [7:13]
6. Crude Politics [7:15]
7. Freedom of Speech [5:52]
8. A Small Demonstration [4:44]
9. Messages From Home [10:26]
10. No Standard Solution [4:34]
11. Happy Holidays [6:02]
12. First Contact [5:40]
13. Operation Desert Storm [8:23]
14. Commence Combat [:22]
15. Hell of a Day [4:38]
16. I Love This Job [5:32]
17. Taking Orders [7:53]
18. My War [7:39]
19. Welcome Home [5:14]
20. End Titles [4:37]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Jarhead
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      Swoff's Fantasies
         Play All
         D. I. in a Dress
         Fantasy Interview
         Exploding Major
         Swoff's Kill
         With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: On
         With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: Off
      News Interviews in Full With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: On
      News Interviews in Full With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Uncle Walt
         Sick Bay
         Mess Hall
         Dime Shot
         Politics
         Poetry
         Arrival at the Rear
         Troy and Swoff Run
         The Build Up to War
         Troy's Past
         Cortez's Mask
         With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: On
         With Commentary By Director Sam Mendes and Editor Walter Murch: Off
      Commentaries
         Feature Commentary With Director Sam Mendes: On
         Feature Commentary With Director Sam Mendes: Off
         Feature Commentary With Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and Author Anthony Swofford: On
         Feature Commentary With Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and Author Anthony Swofford: Off
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English 5.1
      Spoken Lanuage: Spañol 5.1
      Spoken Lanuage: Français 5.1
      Commentaries
         Feature Commentary With Director Sam Mendes: On
         Feature Commentary With Director Sam Mendes: Off
         Feature Commentary With Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and Author Anthony Swofford: On
         Feature Commentary With Screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. and Author Anthony Swofford: Off
      Subtitles: English SDH*
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertainment vs. Reality

    Yes I have read the book. And I saw this movie with my two older teenage sons. Personally, I grew up on the sanitized war film trash that the Cinema's fed us in the 50' and 60's. I have always been left wondering just how many men died in future conficts because they were molded as kids by this historically distorted propaganda. Today we have the ability, through certain films and documentaries to show our sons, as they approach adulthood, both sides of that heroic coin that our military establishment milks so expertly on our young men. Ultimately it is their decision, but we as parents are obligated to try as hard as we possibly can, to present a clearer picture of realistic military life. That way when they find that they are actually fighting a pointless war, governed by paper soldiers, for corporate interests, just maybe, just maybe, they may just survive it, heart, body, soul! And history will stop repeating itself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WTF, and they called it a good movie

    This was almost worse than Brokeback Mountain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT supposed to be a war movie!!

    Jarhead was amazing. Its not supposed to be a war movie. The whole point was the waiting, the waiting for something to happen.. if anything at all. The boredom got to these men and this film depicts THAT. One of my favorite parts in this movie is when they come home, it shows how these men are supposed to adapt back into civilian life and how hard it is. Sam mendes is a great director. This is one time that i can say that the movie was better than the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most underrated films of 2005.

    It is true, there isnt a lot of action in Jarhead, but I think its important to remember that it isnt really a war movie, but a movie about war. I strongly recommend you read some, if not all of the book first to understand the mindset of Swofford and his Marine brothers, and if you like the book, then see the movie. If you didnt like the book, you could probably skip the movie. I do have to disagree with the reviewer who said Jake Gyllenhaal is a terrible actor. Both he and (especially) Peter Sarsgaard deliver understated performances of simmering agression, anger and frustration. Meanwhile, Sam Mendes deftly interprets the isolation so prevalent in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very accurate movie

    Being a grunt in the Marine corps for 4 years, I can say this movie is exactly what it is like, If a marine says its not an accurate film, then he must not be a grunt, or he never served in the 7th marines. I can relate to almost everything in the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    This movie was really good. If you like Jake you will love this movie, or if you like Marines you will like it too. but i have talked to marines and they say that this movie is nothing like what they do, but I dont think this movie was suppose to show you what they do, but its just suppose to be entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing

    What is this world coming to? Not very action-packed at all. Gives good war movies like Platoon and Saving Private Ryan a bad name. "Jarhead" is NOT a war movie it doesn't even come close. The best scence in the whole movie is watching the famous helicopter bit from Apocalypse Now. And I thought they did kind of copy off of A.N. They try to show how war is supposed to get to these guys and make them go crazy. It never achieves that. Only girls and Brokeback Mountain fans will appreciate this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT AS GOOD AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

    I think its a crock to consider Jarhead a war movie, its even insulting. Forget what you see on the cover, Jake just holds it the whole time, he never fires it once. No battle scenes at all in the movie, you get the privilege of seeing how bored soldiers pass their time while in the middle of the desert. 60% of the movie you see guys' butts which is not quality entertainment. You just get to listen about how the guys have a girl back home and hope that they're not being cheated on. The constant swearing these guys use makes you think that they're Platoon/Full Metal Jacket wannabes, which they are. Jake Gyllenhal is a terrible actor, and I was sad to see Foxx put into such a terrible movie. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very military!

    I thought this movie was great. As a member of the military myself, I was able to relate to this guy so well. Though I've never been to Iraq and probably never will, I understand how it is to be away from your family, try to have a relationship when you never see them, and what it feels like to train and wait, and wait and train some more, and one day realize that you're just a waste of government money. I definitely recommend it for any servicemember, and if you're interested in what the military's really like, check it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow... not what you would expect from a "war" movie

    this was a good movie i do recommend it because it really helps the viewer understand what these guys are going through and how brainwashed they become after being in the same place for such a long time... it kind of makes the viewer just as anxious as the men in the movie to shoot their guns. Overall it was a good movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jarhead Review

    Personally, I found this film moving. Jake Gyllanhaal Jamie Foxx, and Peter Sarsgaard were just a few of the amazing actors in this great, yet under-rated film. This movie provided great insight on the life of a marine and demonstrated the side affects of going through the brutal concept of known as violence and war. This movie also showed what war could do to a person both mentally & physically. Throughout all of the drama, slight suspense, and nudity, there was refreshing comedy. I found this movie to be one of the best all year.

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