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.
The manual of arms scene where Hartman slaps Pyle on the left and right side of his face for his mistake appears to show Pyle disobeying an order (to pick up his cover, or hat, after Hartman knocked it off). This is because it wasn't in the script ... ...
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 ...
In the head (toilet area), Pvt. Pyle says his ammunition is "seven-six-two millimeter, full metal jacket." Although 762mm is about 30 inches, and what would have been strictly correct is "seven-POINT-six-two millimeter", or about 30 caliber, which is the NATO standard ammunition, it is generally understood by military members that the reference "seven-six-two" implies that he's talking about a 7.62mm rifle round, as is the case with 5.56mm ammo (generally referred to as "five-five-six")
$2,217,307 (USA) (28 June 1987)
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