G.I. Jane (1997)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, War


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A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.


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9 August 2012 | Schnayblay
8
| Good, Enjoyable Entertainment with Demi Moore Showing Off Her Badass Side
"G.I. Jane" is the story of Lieutenant Jordan O'Neill, a Naval Intelligence officer who gets chosen by a senator to be the test dummy for woman's acceptance into Military Combat. She gets put into training for the Navy SEALS, the most elite and toughest training. Now, O'Neill must prove she has what it takes to be among the best of the boys. Directed by Ridley Scott and co-written by the creator of the "Chronicles of Riddick" series, I wasn't sure what to expect. Ridley Scott is an amazing director but I didn't like "Pitch Black" that much, so I didn't know if I ended up liking this movie. But you know what? I highly enjoyed it.

Demi Moore plays Lieutenant O'Neill, a tough, no-nonsense girl who just wants to get in on the action. Out of all the roles I've seen Demi Moore in, this is my favourite one yet. She's strong-willed, determined, and as the film goes on, she becomes a giant badass. If there was ever a woman's version of "The Expendables", Demi Moore would definitely be in it. She's a great character and you really want to see her succeed and kick all the guy's asses. She also gets into the best shape of her life. Even when she shaves her head, forms abs and gets totally ripped, she is still incredibly hot.

Viggo Mortensen plays John, the Master Chief. No, not the one from Halo. The moment he steps on screen, you know this guy is hardcore. He's brutal, mean, and is really a dick towards O'Neill. Of course towards the end they become allies but the stuff he does to O'Neill is just terrible. You do not like this guy at all, but that just shows that Viggo Mortensen did a good job as Master Chief. Only way he could be any more badass is with an energy sword.

The atmosphere in this movie is awesome. You're watching all these guys and O'Neill go through boot camp and you're just sitting there going "Yeah, I couldn't do that. That's just gross". Like there's one part where they have five minutes to eat dinner and do they get fresh food? No. They get the scraps from their lunch. So their eating like half eaten corn and weird goop that been sitting there for half a day. I have to be honest, I wouldn't survive 1 day at that place.

The last 20 minutes are my least favourite part of the film. It's kind of like "Full Metal Jacket" in the way that once they leave bootcamp, the movie goes downhill. But unlike "Full Metal Jacket", the movie only goes downhill a bit. It was kind of just an excuse to make stuff blow up and have a gunfight but I'm not complaining. Got to say, Demi Moore grenading Iraqis and Aragorn sniping people is pretty cool.

Overall, I highly enjoyed "G.I. Jane". I thought it was a great entertainment and Demi Moore was excellent. It's a badass military film that shows that girls really can kick ass, and I would watch this any day. Definitely a buy on Blu-Ray.

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Trivia

According to Ridley Scott (while discussing the filming of Matchstick Men (2003)), Sam Rockwell was originally cast in one of the roles and had completed some rehearsals before he became ill or injured and was replaced.


Quotes

Civilian Girl: Ain't really none of my business, but I say leave the bastard.


Goofs

In the briefing for the Libya landing, the coast is shown as southern (sea south of the land). Libya has no southern coast, the entire country lying South of the Med. The maps could conceivably have been drawn "South up" but this is against all military (and geographical) convention and unlikely in the extreme.


Crazy Credits

The Urgayle reciting the Self-Pity poem scene is played as an audio version during the beginning of the end credits


Alternate Versions

An alternate ending was secretly filmed without the knowledge of Disney/Hollywood Pictures Executives. When Ridley Scott first screened the film for execs, he shocked and surprised them with the ending in which Demi Moore dies. Both endings were test screened simultaneously and although the darker ending scored higher with audiences, the happier ending was chosen by executives. Similar to the surprise ending for "Thelma and Louise", the alternate ending for "G.I. Jane" was a dark yet bittersweet one. Jordan (Moore) is killed when she risks her life to save her Commander (Viggo Mortensen) then eulogized on television by the tough Senator (Ann Bancroft). Later, the camera pans through a fresh group of SEAL recruits, among them are three women.


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The Future Is a War
Written by
Exene Cervenka (as Exene Cervenkova)
Performed by Auntie Christ
Courtesy of Lookout Records

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Genres

Action | Drama | War

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,094,241 24 August 1997

Gross USA:

$48,169,156

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,169,156

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