JarheadDirector: Sam Mendes
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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Cast & Crew
|Jake Gyllenhaal||Anthony "Swoff" Swofford|
|Peter Sarsgaard||Allen Troy|
|Lucas Black||Chris Kruger|
|Brian Geraghty||Fergus O'Donnell|
|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|
|Craig Coyne||Young Mr. Swofford|
|Rini Bell||Swoff's Sister|
|Dendrie Allyn Taylor||Mrs. Swofford|
|James Morrison||Mr. Swofford|
|Arman Zajic||Boy Swoff|
|Brian Casey||Paintball Marine|
|Ernest Ozuna||Sergeant Major|
|Jonathon R. Mize||STA Graudate|
|Joel Prato||STA Graudate|
|Peter Gail||Doc John|
|Kareem J. Grimes||Welty|
|Mark Davis||Dettman's Neighbor|
|John Krasinski||Corporal Harrigan|
|Kurt Larson||Arguing Corporal|
|Ammar Daraiesh||Iraqi Officer|
|Al Faris||Iraqi Officer|
|V.J. Foster||Vietnam Vet|
|Steven E. Anderson||Makeup|
|Willie D. Burton||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Chichester||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bobby Cohen||Executive Producer|
|Alan B. Curtiss||Asst. Director|
|Steve Johnson's Edge FX||Makeup Special Effects|
|Dennis Gassner||Production Designer|
|Adrian Grunberg||Asst. Director|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Animator|
|Sharon Mann||Production Manager|
|Kyrsten Mate||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sam Mercer||Executive Producer|
|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|
|Christina Wilson||Art Director|
|Albert Wolsky||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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This was interesting. Acting was also good.
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
This was almost worse than Brokeback Mountain.
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.
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.