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The controversial, Reagan-era invasion of Grenada by U.S. troops is, oddly enough, at the center of this initially interesting story of a seasoned Marine sergeant (Clint Eastwood) routinely insulted by younger officers for being a symbol of the war that America "lost" in Vietnam. Looking for both a victory and a little redemption, Eastwood's character trains a squadron of scrappy pups and turns them into fighting grunts, just in time to follow White House orders and take the little island. Marsha Mason plays Eastwood's love interest, and Mario Van Peebles is funny as an undisciplined con artist who joins Clint's men and finally catches the spirit after getting his butt kicked a few times. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yet HEARTBREAK RIDGE delivers an entertaining story--along with some very amusing moments--thanks mainly to Clint Eastwood as the gravel-voiced Gunnery Sergeant Tom "Gunny" Highway. Sure, Eastwood brings brawn and plenty of knuckle sandwiches to this role, but also a fragile vulnerability that makes the character more three-dimensional. Eastwood carries this film, but that's no problem: those shoulders are plenty broad.
Marsha Mason as ex-wife Aggie gripes and complains at a healthy clip, while Mario Van Peebles as soldier "Stitch" Jones stands out from the rest of Gunny's dysfunctional Recon Platoon. HEARTBREAK RIDGE has action, drama, and plenty of laughs. Sounds like a winning Eastwood formula to me.
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!)
The one good thing about the film is that Highway has to fight the official status quo in order to get combat-ready; and in a twist of art imitating life, the marines actually helped Eastwood film the movie on location (wrong location) at Camp Pendleton, California rendering official support for a film which is a LIE.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
It was a good movie and the only reason that i didn't give it a 5 star was because of the taking the name of the Lord in vain --- watched a lot of movies that were great hits and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ann
100% bonne qualitée et les produits sont bon service de livraison !très bien emballée envoyé de facon securitaire et professionnelPublished on Nov. 6 2011 by Daniel Monfils
I grew up on Eastwood movies from his Cowboy era to Dirty Harry and beyond. I have to say this movie is as good in its way as any of the previous. Read morePublished on April 10 2007 by B. Chandler
I'm not sure what has possessed the majority of reviewers here to laud this movie as if it were a classic. Plain and simple, it is a horrible movie. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by K Scheffler
a lot of the other reviews say clint over did the gunnery sergeant role, i disagree as a marine myself he did an outstanding job as a lifer gysgt that believes in the marine corps. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Larry D. Thomas Jr.
Unfortunately, not his best film to go along with the tailor made Gunny Highway persona. Clint is in rare form and the one liners are hilarious. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by Ghenghis
In Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood brings the story of whipping a group of slacker marines into shape to life. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002 by LMB
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