R | | Biography, Drama, War
A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.
The actors all went through a four-day boot camp at George Air Force Base.
Anthony 'Swoff' Swofford:
A story: A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands, love a woman, build a house, change...
During the opening scene, Swofford refers to Fitch as a "drill sergeant." However, in the Marine Corps, they are referred to as drill instructors. Referring to a Marine Corps drill instructor as a drill sergeant is often taken offensively, since that is strictly an Army term.
The title of the movie is the only opening credit at the beginning of the movie.
Military theatrical versions of the film remove some footage, including the scene where a soldier dies during training.
English, Spanish, Arabic, Latin
$27,726,210 (USA) (6 November 2005)