On TV

Airs Thu. Feb. 21, 12:15 PM on IFC (082)


On Disc

Amazon

Buy from $3.88

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R   |    |  Drama, War


Full Metal Jacket (1987) Poster

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.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

8.3/10
597,318

Videos


Photos

  • Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Adam Baldwin in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Matthew Modine in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Stanley Kubrick in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Stanley Kubrick and Matthew Modine in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
  • Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket (1987)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


13 October 2004 | thomas8331
The best war film I have seen
NO SPOILERS! This is a review, not a synopsis.

First of all I love Kubrick's work, so I came into this with a bias. However I have seen a lot of action and war films, and this one, to an individual who never went to war, seems the most true-to-life, taken as a whole. This IS how you have to look at this film, incidentally; trying to break it down into two or three parts and say which was better is missing the point of the film, I think.

In the same way that "Trainspotting" was an anti-drug film that did not gloss over anything, "Full Metal Jacket" is (for me) an anti-war film that stares straight at the ugliness of war and the potential for violence within almost all people, especially those trained, conditioned, even twisted, into military roles, without preaching even a single time. Less allegory and more applicability! Wonderful!

The camera work was superb. I felt like I was walking through the movie with the Marines, from the barracks to the battlefield scenes.

I have seen others criticize this film for the voice over, but I felt that it was used sparingly, and was helpful, not overdone. The narrator doesn't say anything that seems out-of-place.

Others have commented on the music, the acting, and so on, so I won't add my repetitive comments, except that the drill sergeant is perfect!

The combination of the demented treatment the recruits receive in boot camp with the combined "hours of boredom, seconds of terror" feel of the Vietnam scenes is intense and not for everyone, but feels REAL.

10 out of 10, perfect.

Metacritic Reviews


Critic Reviews



Mahershala Ali: From "4400" to 'Green Book'

Mahershala Ali is perhaps best known for his performances in "House of Cards" and Moonlight, and has been nominated for his second Oscar for Green Book. What other roles has he played?

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to the Academy Awards, our coverage of the 2019 awards season, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com