An Officer and a Gentleman R

Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love.
An Officer and a Gentleman
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DVD Features:

  • 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
    • An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 years later
    • Return to Port Townsend
    • 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
  • Audio:
    • 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:

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Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1982 - Best Original Song
Academy Awards 1982 - Best Supporting Actor: Louis Gossett, Jr.

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 28


User Ratings: 51,057
It's a straight-out drama in the old Hollywood style. As such, it works fairly well, though its lapses in taste are sour reminders of the subtlety Hollywood has lost in recent years. Full Review
Christian Science Monitor
Jul 31, 2013
Macho, materialistic, and pro-militarist, it's an objectionable little number made all the more insidious by the way Hackford pulls the strings and turns it into a heart-chilling weepie. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
3 stars out of 5 -- [I]ts exploration of the trappings of love is still a remarkably modern one.
Ultimate DVD
Aug 1, 2007
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
Radio Times
Jul 31, 2013
Phenomenally successful at the time of its release, but increasingly dated-looking. Full Review
Jul 31, 2013
Taylor Hackford's 1982 film is an awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay that doesn't waste a single character or situation. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jul 31, 2013
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)
Aug 27, 2019

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

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."


Production Notes:

  • 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.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 15,028
  • UPC: 032429274106
  • Shipping Weight: 0.12/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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