FULL METAL JACKET (Theatrical Release USA 1987)

Ben Meyers’ rating—4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

Full Metal Jacket
—emotionally impacting, insightful, and realistic—first approaches the Vietnam War through the perils of United States Marine Corp boot camp and then through actual field warfare. While some of the soldier interviews need a little tweaking and the Hollywood ‘flare’ added to the sniper scene for decision making, need a bit of a rewrite for better effect, the overall effect of this Stanley Kubrick film makes it a favorite and an excellent choice for the war flick fan.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The film tracks several individuals during boot camp training and follows their execution of duty after receiving their diverse individual field assignments during the Vietnam War.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Stanley Kubrick for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Jan Harlan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Private J.T. ‘Joker’ Davis (Matthew Modine), Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin), Private Leonard ‘Gomer’ Pyle Lawrence (Vincent D’Onofrio), Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), Eightball (Dorian Harewood), Rafterman (Kevyn Major Howard), Private Cowboy (Arliss Howard), Lieutenant Touchdown (Ed O’Ross), and Lieutenant Lockhart (John Terry).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s an excellent tribute to the talents of Stanley Kubrick.

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