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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Cast

  • Matthew Modine
  • Adam Baldwin
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
  • R. Lee Ermey
  • Dorian Harewood
  • Kevyn Major Howard
  • Arliss Howard
  • Ed O'Ross
  • John Terry
  • Kieron Jecchinis

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • During the training scenes there is a private with the name "Hunter S" on his back, an allusion to "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
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Goofs

  • When Crazy Earl holds his rifle up after the initial attack on Hue City, the magazine disappears between shots.
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Quotes

    • Private Joker: The dead know only one thing: it is better to be alive.
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Metacritic

50

While far too much of the film is staged discussion and smug political jousting, there is savage and lethal black irony.

Metacritic review by Duane Byrge
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter
100

May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically progressive, refusal to impart to chaos a coherent narrative contour.

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
100

What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long traveling shots that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987]

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor