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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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  • 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

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

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

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