Full Metal Jacket (1987) Full Movie

Full Metal Jacket
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Full Metal Jacket (1987) : A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Title Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Release Date Jun 26, 1987
Genres ,
Production Company Natant, Stanley Kubrick Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Countries United Kingdom, United States of America
Casts Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, John Terry, Bruce Boa, Kieron Jecchinis
Plot Keywords suicide, prostitute, helicopter, based on novel or book, journalism, sniper, propaganda, vietnam, recruit, war photographer, war correspondent, war, boot camp, rescue, jungle, infantry, sergeant, racism, violence, genocide, fighting, platoon, combat, discipline, u.s. marine, obstacle course, mass grave, blanket party
Pvt. Joker
Pvt. Joker
Matthew Modine
Animal Mother
Animal Mother
Adam Baldwin
Pvt. Pyle
Pvt. Pyle
Vincent D'Onofrio
Gny. Sgt. Hartman
Gny. Sgt. Hartman
R. Lee Ermey
Eightball
Eightball
Dorian Harewood
Pvt. Cowboy
Pvt. Cowboy
Arliss Howard
Rafterman
Rafterman
Kevyn Major Howard
Lt. Touchdown
Lt. Touchdown
Ed O'Ross
Lt. Lockhart
Lt. Lockhart
John Terry
Poge Colonel
Poge Colonel
Bruce Boa
Crazy Earl
Crazy Earl
Kieron Jecchinis
Doc Jay
Doc Jay
Jon Stafford
Doorgunner
Doorgunner
Tim Colceri
Snowball
Snowball
Peter Edmund
Payback
Payback
Kirk Taylor
Lt. Cleves
Lt. Cleves
Ian Tyler
Donlon
Donlon
Gary Landon Mills
T.H.E. Rock
T.H.E. Rock
Sal Lopez
Da Nang Hooker
Da Nang Hooker
Papillon Soo
VC Sniper
VC Sniper
Ngoc Le
ARVN Pimp
ARVN Pimp
Tan Hung Francione
Hand Job
Hand Job
Marcus D'Amico
Chili
Chili
Costas Dino Chimona
Daddy D.A.
Daddy D.A.
Keith Hodiak
TV Journalist
TV Journalist
Peter Merrill
Daytona Dave
Daytona Dave
Herbert Norville
Motorbike Hooker
Motorbike Hooker
Leanne Hong
Dead N.V.A.
Dead N.V.A.
Duc Hu Ta
Camera Thief
Camera Thief
Nguyen Hue Phong
Stork
Stork
Gil Kopel
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Philip Bailey
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Curtis
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Bob Eric Hart
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Steve Hudson
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Del Anderson
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Chris Maybach
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gary Smith
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Michael Anthony Williams
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Wilson
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Kevin Albridge
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Martin Adams
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Louis Barlotti
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Beddows
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Patrick Benn
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Steve Boucher
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Adrian Bush
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gary Cheeseman
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Tony Carey
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Wayne Clark
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Chris Cornibert
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Danny Cornibert
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
John Davis
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Harry Davies
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Gordon Duncan
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Phil Elmer
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Colin Elvis
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Hadrian Follett
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Parris Island Recruit and Vietnam Platoon
Sean Frank
News Camera Operator at Mass Grave (uncredited)
News Camera Operator at Mass Grave (uncredited)
Vivian Kubrick
Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
Murphy (voice) (uncredited)
Stanley Kubrick
Mass Grave Soldier (uncredited)
Mass Grave Soldier (uncredited)
David Palffy
TV Camera Operator (uncredited)
TV Camera Operator (uncredited)
John Ward

Reviews

  • Ian Beale

    **The second half is better than the first half.** A film of two halves. The first half of the fiim focuses on the training of raw recruits and features shenanigans we have seen countless times before - think _Stripes_ and _Police Academy_. The persecution of the fat guy - a scenario we had already witnessed in Stripes and Police Academy ( "_I could show a movie on your butt, fatso_!"- Lt Harris, Police Academy) is here played out to maximum effect. The fat guy who freezes atop a climbing frame is the central plot here with Matthew Modine's character playing second fiddle to all of the _Leslie Barbara_ stuff. The second half of the movie at least gives us something we were not expecting when a sniper's identity is revealed. - Ian Beale

  • CRCulver

    Released in 1986, Full Metal Jacket is Stanley Kubrick's film about Vietnam, adapted from a novel by the reclusive and bitter Vietnam veteran Gustav Harford, and then further expanded by acclaimed Vietnam journalist Michael Herr. The film breaks down neatly into two very different parts, though both are seen through the eyes of young United States marine J. T. "Joker" Davis (Matthew Modine). In the first act, Davis makes his way through Marine basic training with a motley group of other recruits under the hellish command of gunnery sergeant Hartmann (R. Lee Ermey). Joker watches as Hartmann bullies an overweight and dim-witted recruit cruelly nicknamed Gomer Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio), until Pyle explodes into murderous revenge. In the second act, now set in Vietnam where Joker is doing a tour of duty as a military journalist, the protagonist and his fellow Marines find themselves on the front line during the Tet Offensive and Joker witnesses firsthand the savagery of war. Few films consist of such drastically opposed parts that differ in setting and tone and don’t have any overlapping characters besides the protagonist (and one minor character from the boot camp scenes). Full Metal Jacket has often disappointed viewers because the first half is so thrilling that it proves a hard act to follow. That's all down to R. Lee Ermey, who actually was a drill instructor during Vietnam and initially served only as a technical consultant before Kubrick decided to let him play the role and improvise. Ermey acts with a white-hot intensity, realism, and brilliantly worded insults and obscenities that no screenwriter could ever have come up with. As a young man, I too felt that the film was a letdown once it moved past the witty quips and goofy camaraderie of the boot camp scenes. With time, however, my appreciation for the film as a whole has only grown. The two-part structure now seems to be a strong yin-yang structure: the first act is a vision of order, while the second is all chaos. Furthermore, the second half is a moving statement of how war is often senseless. Joker and his squad, while on patrol for an enemy they cannot even identify and whose ideology or culture they know hardly anything of, begin to be targeted by a sniper. Several men perish before the sniper is found and neutralized, and all that death is pointless: it doesn't contribute in any way to victory for either side. The brutality of World War I trench warfare, where dozens of men could perish for merely a foot of conquered ground, is shown to have persisted through the American quagmire in Southeast Asia. That said, the film does have its flaws. One is the unrealistic depiction of the Vietnamese landscape. Kubrick had a great fear or dislike of foreign travel, and he insisted on shooting the whole film in East London. Having merely a few palm trees shipped in is a poor replacement for a real Southeast Asian shooting location with its humidity and insects, and in the scene that is meant to show a lively Vietnamese town square Kubrick obviously had the same few cars driving around in circles. It's strange how a director who was generally so perfectionist, could be so careless about locales (this only got worse with his next and last film, Eyes Wide Shut, with its inauthentic stage set New York City). There are also some anachronisms that this director and his technical advisors should have noticed. Still, even a flawed Kubrick film is classic cinema.