• Jarhead (2005)

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Release Date: November 4th, 2005

DVD Release Date: March 7th, 2006

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

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Tense, 1990s, 1980s, Friend, Dark, Survival, Quest, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Jarhead is about how the experience of being in the military fundamentally changes an individual. In this case, the focus isn't about the madness of slaughter in the jungle, but the madness of inaction in the desert. show more

  • 60
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Jarhead refuses to engage in its own point of view toward events it depicts. So the film feels empty and tentative, uncertain of what if anything these events add up to. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is not often that a movie catches exactly what it was like to be this person in this place at this time, but Jarhead does. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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