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R| 2 hr. 3 min.

Plot Summary
In the late 1980s, Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) enlists as a Marine, training in boot camp under a sadistic drill instructor. Swofford undertakes a sniper course headed by Staff Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx) during this time, which is shortly before the advent of the Gulf War. When the United States becomes involved, Swofford is shipped out, along with his spotter, Alan Troy (Peter Sarsgaard). Facing uncertainty each day -- about the war and home -- the soldiers try to maintain composure.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal , Peter Sarsgaard , Jamie Foxx , Chris Cooper , Lucas Black , Brian Geraghty , Jacob Vargas , Laz Alonso

Director: Sam Mendes

Genres: War, Drama

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Jarhead (2005)

Release Date: November 4th, 2005|2 hr. 3 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even when the script slips into sermonizing -- a Swoff voice-over informs us that we're all still "in the desert" -- Mendes keeps invading us with emotions. The jolt of Jarhead is undeniable, and it comes when you least expect it. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A harsh and thoroughly unromantic examination of the scarring effects of war. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    What we're left with is solid if not exceptional, though it's good to see Mendes expanding as a filmmaker. show more

  • August 09, 2010 Sraiden8
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    great movie but for some may be hard to watch

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