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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Jan Harlan, Michael Herr, Philip Hobbs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000J2KT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,065 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Full Metal Jacket

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Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Bush-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kasloguy on Sept. 28 2011
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One of Kubrick's master works.
An extremely graphic movie and the drill sergeant is particularly real.
This was probably because he was a Marine and from what I have heard, was originally hired as a technical advisor. Kubrick realized he had pure gold and put him in front of the camera.
The second half gives the viewer a taste of the Vietnam war and being in the "s***".
I enjoyed the film immensely and have added it alongside my other Kubrick favourites
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R. Mckinley on April 21 2004
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Inormally hate watching anything more than twice. I get irritated with the tidbits that can make a movie completely awful to watch the second time around. However, with FMJ, it really does get better the more times you watch it! Watch those recruit's facial expressions carefully during the first part of the movie. It's so genuine with the smirks that are given off when the DI yelps his mouth off with hilarious antics. There's no doubt Kubrick filmed the scenes over and over again until they were "just right" -- something that totally lacks in modern day movies. R. Lee Ermey of the History Channel's "Mail Call" shines as the evil drill instructor. Mathew Modine is truly great as "Private Joker" Full Metal Jacket is movie that captures the war from boot camp to the 'Nam and feelings around it so perfectly that nothing can touch it. I was very impressed by how this movie portrayled how brutal boot camp is mentally and physically. I'm sure they don't train people like that anymore, but it was interesting to see how it was done around the Vietnam War. Kubrick is an artist and no one in the industry can even approach his level of skill. This has brutal honesty and passive aggressiveness all in the same package. And it is also the most quotable movie ever.
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By Neurosky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 17 2015
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I am surprised and impressed. This was one of the few later Kubrick films I'd never seen. It's a film which has been referenced by many different shows, including multiple episodes of "The Simpsons," but I never realized this until seeing it. "Full Metal Jacket" feels brutally true-to-life, showcasing both the darkly dramatic and ridiculously absurd aspects of human nature, and the dehumanizing affects of the military machine. It makes you both laugh and gasp, tugs at you to both smile with delight and yet cry with sympathy or cringe with disgust. Rarely have I seen a comedy-drama pull off both opposite sides of the spectrum so well and so often. It becomes both a highly entertaining but also gripping viewing experience you won't soon forget. It's the kind of film you'd recommend to a friend without thinking about it because you know it's something everyone should see, whether to enjoy a top-quality film that is a part of modern culture or because it is an affective guys movie, or because it will move you (to laughter and to tears.)

A brief non-spoiler story breakdown: the first half of the film is the brutal training which is designed to harden the boys into men; that is, to suppress their emotions and sharpen the male persona into a well-oiled killing machine, each able to walk over the fallen dead on his own side and bring down living men on the other without a second's hesitation. Only psychopaths could do such work and since these men are healthy (to begin with,) they need to be broken down and molded into soldiers. You'd think that such a thing would have been depicted in film before, but if you haven't seen "Full Metal Jacket," you'd be wrong.
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By 1 on March 10 2004
Format: DVD
Great insight into the dehumanisation process of Army basic training. I completed basic training in the Australian Army Reserves. Not quite as severe but still tough - our Platoon Sargent was ex SAS and had served in Vietnam - he said it was "Horrible"
In the movie, the murder / suicide by "Pyle" seems a bit unrealistic. The guy has now completed his basic training and found his niche as a marksman - in other words he got through! There is no obvious reason for his cracking up other than his hate of his drill Seargent - but he has now been trained to focus that anger on Vietnamese - thats the point of training!
The character should have continued into the second part as the sadistic Machine Gunner (who appeared from nowhere)- the triumph of military training over human emotion.
Also the street fighting in Hue was not realisitic - Hue was house to house fighting - not some industrial site. Documentaries will show the real Hue battle which was much more intense and bloody with many civilians caught in crossfire as the Americans attempted to blast everything in their way - including most of the Royal Citidel.
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"Full Metal Jacket" is basically two films in one. The best one of course being what the soldiers had to go through in boot camp. Joker ( Matthew Modine), Animal Mother ( Adam Baldiwn), Gomer ( Vincent D'Onofrio), and others are all plunged into a boot-camp hell run by the ruthless and sadistic Sergeant Hartman ( Lee Ermey). He pushes the boys to their physical and emotional limits, and views them as grunts, maggots, or something even lower. Once bootcamp is over, the second story starts, and the boys are thrust into the Vietnam war. This part of the film features tons of realistic battle scenes, how each soldier reacts to the war itself, and the brotherhood that develops between the fellow soldiers.
"Full Metal Jacket" is a beautiful combination of comedy, violence, and the horror of war. As great as this film is however, I could only give it a rating of 4 stars. In order for a film to give a 5 star rating from me, it cannot seem boring or drawn out. Once the soldiers go to war, the film can be extremely slow moving at times. But for the most part, watching the film is a rewarding experience. The cast is sensational. Lee Ermey's portrayal of Drill Instructor Sergeant Hartman is one of the best I have ever seen. I have never felt sorrier for a character than I did with Vincent D'Onofrio's Private "Gomer Pyle". Watching what he had to go through will shock and disgust you. Especially the scene where he gets beat repeatedly with bars of soap. The conclusion to boot camp between Gomer and Sgt. Hartman is one of the most shocking and dramatic scenes that I have ever witnessed. Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, and Arliss Howard are all great in their roles as well, and really help to bring the story to life.
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