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.
Except for the title cards "A Stanley Kubrick Film" and "Full Metal Jacket", there are no opening credits.
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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