“[Speaking to the newly arrived recruits] I expect to lose half of you before I’m finished. I will use every means necessary – fair and unfair – to trip you up, to expose your weaknesses as a potential aviator. ” – Foley
Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (cable, video, DVD and 6 Jul 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A naval aviation officer candidate must deal with love from a local girl and a tough drill sergeant while trying to complete his training.
My Take on it – This movie has always been put in the category of being a romantic movie just because of the famous scene when Richard Gere is in his dress whites and picks up Debra Winger, but I think the parts during training are the stronger ones in the film.
R. Lee Ermey, the actor who played the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket (1987) was hired to consult Louis Gosset Jr. on how to seem like a real drill sergeant in this movie. He was so convincing that he was even able to win an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role.
The funny thing about Ermey being the consultant is that some of the lines used here are rehashed in FMJ by his own character. 😀
Granted both the love scenes and the training scenes are essential to Gere’s character development, but I think the training had s more profound effect on him.
The theme song from this movie – ‘Up where you belong’ deservingly won best song at the Oscars that year.
Watch and Hear it here!
Bottom Line – Scenes in training camp are stronger than the love story aspects of this movie. Gossett Jr. is amazing in his Oscar Winning role. Theme song is spectacular. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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