• Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Heartbreak Ridge

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: October 1st, 2002

R |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

Marine Sgt. Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is a decorated veteran of two wars. On his last posting before retirement, he is surrounded by officers with no combat experience who view him as an odd, even dangerous, holdover. Highway is assigned to train a group of undisciplined recruits including Cpl. Stitch Jones (Mario Van Peebles), a slick hustler who has previously encountered Highway. As the old soldier prepares his men for a war they don't believe will come, the U.S. invades Grenada.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn, Eileen Heckart, Bo Svenson, Boyd Gaines, Mario Van Peebles

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Action , Comedy drama , War

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Keywords: Gritty, Rivalry, Bar, Transformation, 1980s, Underdog, Tense, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    As an actor, Eastwood has created his most complex, fully dimensional characterization in Tom Highway; as a director, he has worked to put that characterization in a remarkably mature, self-critical context. Heartbreak Ridge is a film of genuine substance and courage. show more

  • 50
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    The movie as a movie is a letdown, because all it consists of is Eastwood's hoarse, foul-mouthed complaining about today's "softies" and then his leading into battle in Grenada a bunch of rag-tag kids that he has molded into men. This is all material recycled out of films as varied as "The Dirty Dozen" and "Police Academy." [5 Dec 1986, p.A-C]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Heartbreak Ridge has as much energy and color as any action picture this year, and it contains truly amazing dialogue. show more

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