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R| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué.

Cast: Matthew Modine , Adam Baldwin , Vincent D'Onofrio , R. Lee Ermey , Dorian Harewood , Arliss Howard , Kevyn Major Howard , Ed O'Ross

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: War, Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Release Date: June 26th, 1987|1 hr. 56 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The concluding image of men silhouetted against the dying flares of explosives, as they march to the raucous refrain of the Mickey Mouse Club theme, is masterly, but leaves a viewer curiously discomfited. Whereas "Platoon" shattered civilian complacency about that war, Full Metal Jacket is merely numbing. [26 June 1987] show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A contender for the year's best film. show more

  • 30
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    By most standards of conventional film narrative, this movie is a mess. [25 June, 1987, p.22(E)] show more

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