Full Metal Jacket (1987)

STANLEY KUBRICK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBBUnited Kingdom/USA, 1987, , .  Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, , , based on the novel The Short Timers by Gustav Hasford.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Stanley Kubrick.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1987.  Golden Globe Awards 1987National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

Probably the best fictional documentation of the Vietnam war alongside Francis Ford Coppola’s much more liberal Apocalypse Now, this film is Stanley Kubrick’s first film since The Shining and one of his very best. It concerns a green draftee () who experiences the horrors of boot camp (led by a terrifyingly brilliant ) and then gets sent out into the field in Vietnam as a war journalist. Disturbing images and situations run amok throughout both halves of the film, some of the training experiences equaling the horror that the troops witness when fighting on Vietnamese soil. Modine is perfectly suited to the role of the blank, all-American hero, while  brings a terrifying sense of unease to his role as a fellow trainee who can’t handle Ermey’s sadistic techniques for very long. Brilliantly adapted from Michael Herr’s novel The Short-Timers, this is an important film about the dehumanization of war that should be witnessed by all.

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