Full Metal Jacket
Director: Stanley KUBRICK
United Kingdom & United States | 1987 - 116 minutes
Saturday 13th 2:00pm Smith's Gym (indoor)
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.
The film received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. When it comes to pop-culture allure and romanticized brutality, Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket is arguably the most influential of all Vietnam War movies. Actor R. Lee Ermey’s iconic portrayal of the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman has served as a de facto recruiting mechanism for the Marines since the film’s release in 1987.