R | | Thriller
In 1960s America, a black cadet is allowed acceptance into a seemingly prestigious military academy, unleashing a barrage of corruption within the system that another cadet is willing to expose.
Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Cadence (1990), Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Dante 'Pig' Pignetti:
It's always 'fuck, shit, piss' all the time around here, I mean, if she could hear it, it would embarass her.
Will: But Pig, this is a photograph.
Dante 'Pig' Pignetti: I know that!
Will: It can't see, smell, hear, taste. Right? Mark... Now Mr. Santoro, if you please, adress a few ...
The windshield on Will's 1957 Chevrolet is either clear or has a tinted band across the top, depending on whether the scene is filmed in the UK or in South Carolina (different cars were used at each location).
Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton.
NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
$3,011,932 21 February 1983