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Heartbreak Ridge

Clint Eastwood , Marsha Mason , Clint Eastwood    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story of the focal point grenada Sept. 12 2012
Format:DVD
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 dramatize...compare 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Minor detail: U.S. Army Rangers did the rescuing Oct. 11 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars bien Nov. 6 2011
Format:DVD
100% bonne qualitée et les produits sont bon service de livraison !très bien emballée envoyé de facon securitaire et professionnel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essence of Clint Eastwood April 11 2007
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
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.

The story has been told many times over of a rough tough unconventional leader shaping up a rag tag misfit group into a cohesive force to be reckoned with. Many times using unconventional or vary conventional ways. Not only in the military field but also many other fields. So it is more the delivery than the story that one would want to watch this movie for.

Marine sergeant (Clint Eastwood) facing retirement and trying to cope with a failed marriage and ex wife is tasked with turning a rag tag bunch of individuals into marines. He is hampered by self glorification self credit seeking people on all sides. If he fails many will die. So will he succeed and if so at what cost?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Eastwood Keeper 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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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is HORRIBLE
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 more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by K Scheffler
4.0 out of 5 stars from a marine
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 more
Published on June 15 2003 by Larry D. Thomas Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's best character
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 more
Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Ghenghis
5.0 out of 5 stars Among Clint Eastwood's best!
In Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood brings the story of whipping a group of slacker marines into shape to life. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by LMB
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoother than a prom queen's thighs...
Yeah, this is a film of completely over-the-top machismo and macho BS ("We've chewed a lot of the same dirt together, soldier. Read more
Published on June 5 2002 by J. Beaulieu
4.0 out of 5 stars My name is Gunnery Sargeant Thomas Highway....
....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. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2001 by Dave Huber
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspend reality and enjoy the show!
I thoroughly enjoy this movie every time I see it, but I have to suspend reality during the show. Is there a former or present member of any branch of the armed forces who doesn't... Read more
Published on July 18 2001 by Tom H
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant action comedy
Clint Eastwood has actually drawn some of the largest circles that a career hollywood star could ever, perhaps, in principle, draw. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2000 by Mark Grindell
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