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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.


  • Clint Eastwood
  • Marsha Mason
  • Everett McGill
  • Moses Gunn
  • Eileen Heckart
  • Bo Svenson
  • Boyd Gaines
  • Mario Van Peebles
  • Arlen Dean Snyder
  • Vincent Irizarry

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As an actor, Eastwood has created his most complex, fully dimensional characterization in Tom Highway; as a director, he has worked to put that characterization in a remarkably mature, self-critical context. Heartbreak Ridge is a film of genuine substance and courage.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Heartbreak Ridge has as much energy and color as any action picture this year, and it contains truly amazing dialogue.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie as a movie is a letdown, because all it consists of is Eastwood's hoarse, foul-mouthed complaining about today's softies and then his leading into battle in Grenada a bunch of rag-tag kids that he has molded into men. This is all material recycled out of films as varied as The Dirty Dozen and Police Academy. [5 Dec 1986, p.A-C]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune