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.
Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record). Part two takes place in Nam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines.
The technical and visual command of this movie is captivating The Guardian
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofio, R Lee Ermey
Consumer Advice: Medium Level Violence
Run Time: 1hr 56mins
Year of Release: 1987
Price of Ticket: $13 ( + $3 booking fee)
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