R | | Drama, War
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Tony Spiridakis (Captain January) was deleted from the final print. In the screenplay, Captain January has the longest dialog scene - which was the first scene of the movie to be shot. Rehearsal was done in one week and filming of the scene was shot in 4 weeks. ... ...
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman:
I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "Sir". Do you maggots understand that?
Recruits: Sir, yes Sir.
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can't hear ...
The Marines in that era utilized UH34 Choctaws, gas piston engined helicopters. What were shown in the film were Westland Wessex turbine powered models made under contract from Sikorsky USA in the UK. Since Kubrik filmed entirely in England these were the best he could he do, but he knew the Marines always got the leftovers, so no Huey's UH-1s for a few years.
$2,217,307 (USA) (28 June 1987)
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