Full Metal Jacket (1987)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 56 mins

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This gritty war story begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits, with a special focus on the tenuous relationship between the cold-hearted and brutal Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. The rigours and brutality of the training camp for Marine recruits slowly turn the young men grow into an instrument of death, as Hartman has foreseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle's torment and Joker's unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter delves into Joker's psyche and the repeated referral to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondent is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must decide if he really is a killer.
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Cast: Matthew Modine

Crew: Stanley Kubrick (Director), Douglas Milsome (Director of Photography), Vivian Kubrick (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Drama, War

Release Dates: 10 Jul 1987 (India)

Tagline: Born to Kill.

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Did you know? The bathroom mop scene between Joker and Cowboy took nearly 62 takes to complete. However, Cowboy's death scene took only 5 takes. Read More
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Born to Kill.
Vietnam can kill me, but it can't make me care.
In Vietnam The Wind Doesn't Blow It Sucks.
One rifle, one gun. One for killing, one for fun.
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Spoofed in: Dumb and Dumber To (English)
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where the Animal calls to Cowboy to bring the squad in and find the sniper, Rafterman turns to Cowboy and speaks a complete sentence, but the sound has been cut and replaced with a comment by Cowboy.

Audio/Video Mismatch
While Doc Jay is in the far back of the squad yelling to Cowboy that he is going to bring Eightball in, his mouth doesn't match up to what he says.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In many scenes, the movement of Animal's machine gun and the ejected casings indicate that he's holding down the trigger, but the sound indicates that he's firing short bursts.

Character Error
In the scene where Joker talks to Lt. Cleves at the mass grave, he introduces himself as "Sergeant Joker". However in an earlier scene (the editing meeting for Stars and Stripes) Joker wears the rank insignia of a Corporal on the collar of his shirt.

In the scene where Crazy Earl holds his rifle up after the initial attack on Hue City, the magazine disappears between shots.

In the scene where Joker is being questioned by the POG colonel about the peace sign button on his uniform, the peace sign button disappears between shots.

In the scene where Hartmann is making the speech in the barracks on Christmas Day, he walks to the end of the room, turns, and begins walking back, continuing his speech to the recruits. If you pay attention to the recruits standing to the side, you will notice that after Hartmann turns and walks back, he is still walking in the same direction as he was before.

In the start of the scene when the Marine recruits are being lectured and/or questioned by Hartmann by their bunks, Cowboy's, Joker's, Pyle's and another's (possibly Snowball's) bunks change position relative to one another. In fact, it seems that this is a constant continuity problem when the Marines are depicted in the barracks.

Crew/Equipment Visible
While Joker and Rafterman meet Lt.Touchdown, camera shadow is visible in the lower left, on the road where the tanks go by.

Factual Mistake
To the fact it is doubtful that Marines would identify themselves by their nicknames when asked by a superior to state their name. This error happens more than once.

Revealing Mistakes
The dead NVA soldier scene in the movie that they're posing in a chair can be seen breathing throughout the scene.

Revealing Mistakes
Mostly all the palm trees look exactly the same with manicured trunks and a few wilted palm fronds coming out the top.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene where the sniper has been alerted to Joker's presence and is firing her Czechoslovakian VZ.58 rifle at him, no shell casings are being ejected as would normally be the case.
In the movie a scene that showed a group of soldiers playing soccer was actually removed because a shot revealed they were not using a soccer ball, but a human head.

During the shoot, a family of rabbits were accidentally killed. Stanley Kubrick, an animal lover, was so upset that he canceled the rest of the day's work.

During the movie Vincent D'Onofrio tore ligaments in his knee on the obstacle course, due to the extra weight he put on.

In the training scenes there is a private with the name "Hunter S" on his back, an allusion to "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S Thompson.

The only shot which shows Parris Island is when the platoon graduates and another shot of video is imported into the movie showing the graduation location on Parris Island by First Battalion.

If you notice the Joker's uniform collar throughout the movie, you'll see that he starts out as a Private and by then end of the movie he is a Sergeant.

The bathroom mop scene between Joker and Cowboy took nearly 62 takes to complete. However, Cowboy's death scene took only 5 takes.

As Joker prepares to kill the sniper, his chest turns as he raises the gun - hiding his peace symbol button from visually seen.