Full Metal Jacket R

Vietnam can kill me, but it can't make me care.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 15, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Stereo 2S English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Produced by , , &
Director of Photography:

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

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh91%

Total Count: 78


User Ratings: 324,266
Rating: 4/4 -- It's a great piece of filmmaking, diminished only by a second act that fails to live up to the first act of the Marines in training. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Jun 21, 2013
We look to the director for some judgment, or even an indication of his opinion, as to whether his carnage artists are born or made; but we don't get it. Full Review
The Spectator
Apr 9, 2019
The picture looks like it was shot in the 70s, which is suitable for the setting of the storytelling.
Widescreen Review
Jul 1, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- An electrifying opening segment that could stand alone as one of Kubrick's great films, except it's only about 45 minutes long. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Feb 9, 2019
[Kubrick's] genius, and perhaps burden, is to see the insanity in us all and to make it seem so terrifyingly normal.
People Magazine
Jun 24, 2015
It may seem too spare, too clinical, its moments of war even too familiar for some. But, aiming for minds as well as hearts, Kubrick hits his target squarely. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Jun 21, 2013
Rating: 3/4 -- If his considerable achievement in this long- awaited film falls short of his Olympian standards, there is a reason that ought to give Kubrick some satisfaction. The world has caught up with Kubrick and what he has to say. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Jun 21, 2013

Product Description:

In this riveting look at military life during the Vietnam conflict, Stanley Kubrick, who made the powerful antiwar classics PATHS OF GLORY (WWI) and DR. STRANGELOVE (the Cold War), once again explores the behavior of men in battle. FULL METAL JACKET (1987), adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel THE SHORT TIMERS, is broken down into two very different parts. The first half of the film 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 (a frightening Lee Ermey) and an oafish misfit (a brilliant Vincent D'Onofrio) who just happens to be a sharpshooter. The second half takes the grunts to Hue City, where the climactic battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive--and the turning point of the Vietnam War--took place. The story is told through the eyes of Private Joker (Matthew Modine), a cynical aspiring photojournalist who is forced to fight for his life and the lives of his fellow recruits.

Unusually for Kubrick, FULL METAL JACKET emerged at a time when a trend for films about Vietnam was in full swing. PLATOON had proceeded Kubrick's film by a year, and lesser efforts such as HAMBURGER HILL also emerged in 1987. London's abandoned docklands may not be the most obvious choice of location to replicate the ravages of the Vietnam landscape, but this is where Kubrick shot the film, sticking to his dogged principles of not shooting outside his adopted home. A moving commentary on the dehumanizing process that occurs when soldiers prepare and engage in battle, FULL METAL JACKET is an unforgettable experience from one of the most original voices to ever pick up a movie camera.

Plot Synopsis:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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.

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