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(out of 5)


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.


United Kingdom/USA, 1987

Directed by

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


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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium) (Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (R. Lee Ermey)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Supporting Actor (Vincent D’Onofrio)
Best Cinematographer (Douglas Milsome)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Sound
Best Special Effects

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actor (R. Lee Ermey)
Best Director (Stanley Kubrick)


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