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Release Date: June 26th, 1987

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

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. Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Historical drama, War

Production Co: Natant, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long "traveling shots" that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987]

  • May be the best war movie ever made...Different is Kubrick's artistry and control, and his almost perverse, but philosophically progressive, refusal to impart to chaos a coherent narrative contour. show more

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