....and I've drank more beer, pissed more blood, and ....well, you get the idea. Like some other reviewers stated, this is almost a comedy -- it IS a comedy in many respects. This flick features many cartoonish characters: besides Eastwood's Tom Highway we have "Stitch" Jones (Mario Van Peebles), who's a guitar-playing shyster; Major Malcolm Powers, Highway's CO who thinks he knows everything and considers Highway outdated (gee, y'think this'll lead to a confrontation?); Lt. Ring, the oafish platoon leader who looks and acts more like a computer nerd than Marine; "Swede" Johannson, the Hulk-ish always-in-the-brig enforcer who gets his butt kicked by Highway; and then there's the cast of other Marines with nicknames like "Profile," "Fag-etti," "Ajax," "Colitis" and "Cojones."
Trying to make one feel patriotic about our action in Grenada doesn't work too well...especially when Highway and his buddy Chooz ponder how they are "0-1-1" in wars they were in. ("No wins, one loss -- Vietnam, and one tie -- Korea.") Getting that first victory -- in *Grenada??* Hmmm....something to be "proud" of. Maybe.
The one-liners alone make this movie worth repeated viewings -- that is, if you chuckle at men's locker-room humor, laced w/profanity. Van Peebles is hilarious -- he plays his role completely naturally from start to finish. If you don't laugh at his first encounter w/Eastwood on the bus then you must be dead! The action's pretty good too, if not entirely realistic, and, of course, Eastwood turns the lazy, spoiled "Marines" into battle-ready, gung-ho MARINES. (Plus, he gets to kick Major Powers' backside along the way!)