Full Metal Jacket

Starring Adam Baldwin, Matthew Modine
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Warner Home Video | June 29, 1999 | DVD

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Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film about Vietnam stands in bold contrast to more realist pictures such as Oliver Stone's Platoon. Not surprisingly, Kubrick chose to tell a psychological story about soldiers, their training and combat. He didn't place much emphasis on the fighting, showing it only in small spurts. As always, Kubrick pulls some amazing performances out of his actors, especially Lee Ermey as the brutalizing drill sergeant and a young Vincent D'Onofrio as one of Ermey's favourite victims. Matthew Modine pulls off the role of Private Joker, the eyes through which we witness the carnage both at home and abroad in Full Metal Jacket. Through Modine's character, Kubrick skilfully undermines the 'adventurous glory' of war.

Video Release: June 29, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1987

Runtime: 117

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391737124

Found in: General, General, War, War

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Full Metal Jacket

Starring Adam Baldwin, Matthew Modine
Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Video Release: June 29, 1999

Theatrical Release: 1987

Runtime: 117

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391737124


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Released in English

Synopsis

In this riveting look at military life during the Vietnam conflict, Stanley Kubrick, who made the powerful anti-war classics "Paths of Glory" and "Dr. Strangelove," once again explores the behavior of men in battle. "Full Metal Jacket", adapted from Gustav Hasford's novel "The Short Timers", follows several raw recruits as they endure the soul-breaking rigors of boot camp. The film focuses particularly on Private Joker, an aspiring photojournalist who provides the story's point of view. After surviving basic training, Joker initially goes to Vietnam as a member of the army's press corps, but ends up with a combat unit during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

Description

A squad of Marine grunts fight the battle of Hue City, the climactic battle of the 1968 Tet Offensive and the turning point of the Vietnam War. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Notes

Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. A Natant film.
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