An Officer and a Gentleman Poster

Release Date: 1982

DVD Release Date: October 12th, 2000

R|2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary
Zack Mayo (Richard Gere), a new member of the U.S. Navy, has a bad attitude. When he signs up for the Aviation Academy, he is met with the strict leadership of Sgt. Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.), who gives Zack a rude awakening in terms of relating with other people. Through Foley's guidance -- and an unexpected romance with Paula (Debra Winger), an outsider who hangs around the naval base -- Zack learns some tough lessons and discovers what he truly wants out of life.

Cast: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr., David Keith, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana

Director: Taylor Hackford

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount

Keywords: Love, Rise, Passionate, School, Girlfriend, Sacrifice, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • From its title on down, An Officer and a Gentleman (at the Plaza) is both a thoroughly rousing crowd-pleaser and a shamelessly manipulative banner-waver, a homage to the never-practiced ethics of a non-existent era. [28 Jul 1982]

  • An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. show more

  • The performances are uniformly strong, with Gere offering some of his best work - though it pales in comparison with Gossett's tour de force as the tough, principled Sgt. Foley. show more

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Winner Original Song Written for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Song)
Nominated Film Editing