An Officer and a Gentleman
Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 25, 2017
- Originally Released: 1982
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by director Taylor Hackford
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- True stories of military romance
- The music of An Officer and a Gentleman
- Gere and Gossett: hand-to-hand combat
- Photo gallery
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith & Louis Gossett, Jr.|
|Performer:||Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher, David Caruso, Victor French & Grace Zabriskie|
|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Edited by||Peter Zinner|
|Screenwriting by||Douglas Day Stewart|
|Composition by||Jack Nitzsche|
|Produced by||Martin Elfand|
|Director of Photography:||Donald E. Thorin|
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Original Song
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett, Jr.
The first part of the movie is valuable... It harbors hopes that this will be an interesting movie. Later, however, these hopes are drowned. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
...A first-rate movie -- a beautifully acted, thoroughly involving romance...
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Not even the combined talents of Debra Winger and an Oscar-winning Louis Gossett Jr can turn this one into a great movie, but if you're in the mood for a wallow, it's perfect. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. Maybe that's because it's not about "love" as a Hollywood concept, but about love as growth, as learning to accept other people for who and what they are. Full Review
...Many finely-drawn characters to care about....[The director] controls these characters completely, deftly mixing his documentarian's training with the dramatist's art...
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The performances are uniformly strong, with Gere offering some of his best work -- though it pales in comparison with Gossett's tour de force as the tough, principled Sgt. Foley. Full Review
An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1980s version that doesn't tamper much with the formula, but it does revitalize it, thanks to the erotic teamwork of Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Full Review
Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) has nothing--the son of an alcoholic, indifferent military father, he's grown up in the Philippines living on top of a brothel. But after college he decides he wants more and, despite his father's mockery, enrolls in the navy's Officer Candidate School to become a jet pilot. His sergeant, brilliantly played by Louis Gossett Jr., makes his life a living hell from day one, but Zack won't quit. The candidates are warned to stay away from the local girls looking for naval husbands, but Zack and his bunkmate, Sid (David Keith), find themselves falling for two friends, Paula (Debra Winger) and Lynette (Lisa Blount), who work at the local paper mill. Zack fights his feelings for Paula, determined to let nothing sway him from his goals. But as the hellish weeks of training go by, Zack begins to see that maybe he can't do it alone--and that what's getting him through are his friends in the ranks, and the girl he's been pushing away. Widely acclaimed at the time of its release, director Taylor Hackford's inspiring film is a romance for the ages.
In this popular romance, Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, a self-serving, cynical loner desperately hoping to earn a naval commission to become a jet pilot. His single-minded focus on getting though Officer Candidate School is unexpectedly waylaid by his involvement with a local girl (Debra Winger) and his newfound friendships in the ranks, so Zack finds that achieving his dreams may not be a solo pursuit after all. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warren sing the memorable Academy Award-winning theme song "Up Where We Belong."
Action | Adventure | Friends | Romance | Self-Discovery | Personal Triumph | Recommended | Military | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Partially shot on location in the Philippines and Mexico.
- NYPD BLUE's David Caruso appears in the supporting role of Topper Daniels.
- Ed Begley Jr. provides the voice of the altitude chamber instructor.
- Sales Rank: 907
- UPC: 032429274106
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