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Synopsis

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Richard Gere
  • Debra Winger
  • David Keith
  • Robert Loggia
  • Lisa Blount
  • Lisa Eilbacher
  • Louis Gossett Jr.
  • Tony Plana
  • Harold Sylvester
  • David Caruso

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • John Travolta turned down the lead role on the advice of his agent.
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Goofs

  • When Gunny Seargent Foley has Zack Mayo doing push ups in the sand pit, it's noticeable that his forearm sleeves are already wet from getting into a prone position to chew the recruit out, before he actually does it.
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Quotes

    • Foley: In every class, there's always one joker who thinks that he's smarter than me. In this class, that happens to be you. Isn't it, Mayonnaise?
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Metacritic

100

An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
63

From its title on down, An Officer and a Gentleman (at the Plaza) is both a thoroughly rousing crowd-pleaser and a shamelessly manipulative banner-waver, a homage to the never-practiced ethics of a non-existent era. [28 Jul 1982]

Metacritic review by Rick Groen
Rick Groen
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)