Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 7, 2012
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: 1-Hour Documentary Stanley Kubrick's Boxes
- Photos from Matthew Modine's Personal Collection
- Commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and Critic/Screenwriter Jay Cocks
- Featurette Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil
- Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- PCM Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Here you are all equally worthless."
- Gny. Sgt. Hartman (Lee Ermey) to the new recruits
"What is your major malfunction, Pvt. Pyle'"
- Gny. Sgt. Hartman to Pvt. Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio)
"You write 'Born to Kill' on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What's that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke'!"--Colonel (Bruce Boa) to Pvt. Joker (Matthew Modine)
"I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir."--Pvt. Joker's eventual response
"We gotta keep our heads until this peace craze blows over."
- Colonel's later comment to Pvt. Joker
New York Times - 06/26/1987
"...Harrowing, beautiful and characteristically eccentric....The performances are splendid..."
New York Times - 12/27/1987
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987"
Variety - 06/24/1987
"...An intense, schematic, superbly made Vietnam War drama..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/26/1987
"...A powerful and centered statement of outrage....It is a muscular return to form..."
Widescreen Review - 07/01/2006
"The picture looks like it was shot in the 70s, which is suitable for the setting of the storytelling."
Based on Gustav Hasford's novel THE SHORT TIMERS, Kubrick's unusual answer to the 1980s spate of Vietnam War films (PLATOON, HAMBURGER HILL, 84 CHARLIE MOPIC, etc.) actually seems like two films in one. The first half focuses on the training of a squad of Marine grunts on Parris Island, and more specifically on the troubled relationship between the brutal drill sergeant (Ermey) and an oafish misfit (a brilliant D'Onofrio) who just happens to be a sharpshooter. Post-training, we follow the grunts to battle of Hue City, the climactic battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive and the turning point of the Vietnam War, seeing mostly through the eyes of a cynical reporter nicknamed Joker (Modine). As a Vietnam War film, Kubrick's is notable for focusing on urban, rather than jungle, battlefields--with snipers hiding behind every bombed-out building.
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Although the credits claim that the film was shot "on location and at Pinewood Studios, Iver, Bucks," it has been reported that the film was entirely shot in England, at a military training camp in Bassingbourne and at Enfield and Beckton. The bombed-out buildings were on a site outside of London that was owned by British gas; it had been scheduled for demolition, so Kubrick had it blown up and then used as a set.
- Lee Ermey served as the technical adviser on the film; Kubrick liked him so much he hired him for the part of Gny. Sgt. Hartman.
- The film features excellent use of such 1960s classics as "These Boots Are Made for Walking" by Nancy Sinatra, "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen, "Chapel of Love" by the Dixie Cups, and "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones; Kubrick told Rolling Stone magazine, "We were looking for interesting material that played well with a scene. We tried a lot of songs. Sometimes the dynamic range of the music was too great, and we couldn't work in dialogue. The music has to come up under speech at some point, and if all you hear is the bass, it's not going to work in the context of the movie....The choices weren't arbitrary."
- The name of Sam the Sham's backup group is mistakenly spelled Pharoahs in the closing credits.
- The part of Pvt. Joker was originally going to be played by Anthony Michael Hall before going to Matthew Modine.
- Estimated budget: $17 million.
- Vincent D'Onofrio put on 70 pounds in order to portray Pvt. Pyle.
- Filming was so difficult that when Kubrick asked his actors for volunteers to die early, nearly everyone raised their hand.
- Lee Ermey got into a car accident during filming, resulting in broken ribs. Watching the movie closely, one can see certain scenes in which he never uses his arms, because of the injury. He also missed four and a half months of shooting.
- Most of ths insults hurled by Ermey came directly from him, not from the original script.
- Kubrick spent 10 months cutting FULL METAL JACKET.
- A full metal jacket refers to a rifle cartridge.