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Heartbreak Ridge

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Product Details

  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn, Eileen Heckart
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Dennis Hackin, James Carabatsos, Joseph Stinson
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Fritz Manes
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 1 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790751186
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,740 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Product Description

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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Filmographies: Cast/Screenwriter Film Highlights --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Here we have a story in which the focal point is also not shown till the end the invasion of Grenada. The Eastwood character here a commander here in the army is beset with misfits below him and above him, and he has some dates, swills beer, and very much in the dirty harry style does it alone. I saw this film as part of a multi pack 35 movie set and the other films Kelly's heroes and firefox i've not reviewed but it fits in with these films...these recruits really show that the military and the u.s. military sinks or swims by its commanders, for whatever reason that may be, and he must get these guys into shape. He is very hard on them, it is the marines, and the film involves breaking all crud out of them, and this guy could do it...and that is the basis of this entertaining film leading up to the conflict in Grenada..the politics are skipped over and the battle remains. Trooper Eastwood and company have something to this film with the classic the fighting 69th...can anyone but Eastwood bring life to this film...Kelly's Heroes has the misfits again on the scene in a tale of a hunt for gold bars and both these films have the haunting of ambush in them..Firefox wears thin in this cold war tale of spying and a sufferer of post traumatic stress from the vietnam war..this time an american being a victim...its a british tale and here we have the themes of jews plight in Russia a british agent and the Russian military(although the film shows no sense of them) but despite the fact that the events portrayed are not likely to ever occur..tale seems slow going and characters non interesting and the tale seems of a past world not understandable today...the trauma angle would be interesting but its kind of sloughed over...Read more ›
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By D. Mikels on Oct. 24 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Yes, this film is about as formulaic as they come: a tough, no-nonsense, battle-tested sergeant turning a bunch of misfits into an effective fighting unit. On top of that, we are treated (again) to a romantic aspect of a story featuring a bitter, petulant ex-wife who still harbors emotional attachment to that no-good ex of hers.
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.
--D. Mikels
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....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!)
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We seem to forget a major detail here; and Clint Eastwood should have known better: U.S. Army Rangers rescued the American medical students on Grenada in 1983, marine force recon didn't even do the beach reconnaissance missions, U.S. Navy SEALs did it. U.S. Army Rangers and 82d Airborne Paratroopers did most of the fighting/dying on Grenada and perhaps its fitting that Eastwood chose to title the film "Heartbreak Ridge" after an Army battle to steal glory for those that didn't deserve it. The main character, Gunny Highway and his Sergeant Major friend were in the U.S. Army in Korea when Highway won his Congressional Medal of Honor, then joined the marines afterwards. As a marine during the time this film came out it was highly embarrasing to try to make excuses for this film when there really are none ("Just pretend they are Army Rangers and enjoy the film"). Its one thing to be disappointed that the mc did not get much action in Grenada, it another to use Hollywood as a vehicle to take the exploits of U.S. Army Rangers/Paratroopers and falsely portray these deeds being done by marines, is this "improvising, adapting and overcoming"?. The blame has to be on Eastwood for not checking his facts and his screenwriter for factual integrity. All too often people begin to believe the movies for their view of reality; if its a good movie this is more than OK, if its "Heartbreak Ridge" it inexcusable.
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.
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