Full Metal Jacket script
Synopsis: Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué.

JOKER:

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Private Joker, why did you join

my beloved

Corps?

JOKER:

Sir, to kill, sir!

HARTMAN:

So you're a killer!

JOKER:

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Let me see your war face!

JOKER:

Sir?

HARTMAN:

You've got a war face? Aaaaaaaagh! That's a

war face.

Now let me see your war face!

JOKER:

Aaaaaaaagh!

HARTMAN:

Bullshit! You didn't convince me! Let me see

your real

war face!

JOKER:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh!

HARTMAN:

You didn't scare me! Work on it!

JOKER:

Sir, yes, sir!

Sergeant HARTMAN speaks into cowboy's face.

HARTMAN:

What's your excuse?

COWBOY:

Sir, excuse for

what, sir?

HARTMAN:

I'm asking the fucking questions

here,

Private. Do you understand?!

COWBOY:

Sir,

yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Well thank you very much! Can I be in

charge

for a while?

COWBOY:

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Are you shook up? Are you nervous?

COWBOY:

Sir, I am, sir!

HARTMAN:

Do I make you nervous?

COWBOY:

Sir!

HARTMAN:

Sir, what? Were you about to

call me an

asshole?!

COWBOY:

Sir, no, sir!

HARTMAN:

How tall are you, Private?

COWBOY:

Sir,

five foot nine, sir!

HARTMAN:

Five foot nine? I didn't

know they stacked shit

that high! You trying to squeeze an inch in

on

me somewhere, huh?

COWBOY:

Sir, no, sir.

HARTMAN:

Bullshit! It looks to me like the best part of

you ran

down the crack of your mama's ass

and ended up as a brown stain on

the

mattress! I think you've been cheated!

HARTMAN:

Where in hell are you from anyway, Private?

COWBOY:

Sir, Texas, sir!

HARTMAN:

Holy dogshit! Texas! Only

steers and queers

come from Texas, Private Cowboy! And you

don't look much like a steer to me, so that

kinda narrows it down!

Do you suck dicks!

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Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance, Kubrick's father sent him in 1940 to Pasadena, California, to stay with his uncle, Martin Perveler. Returning to the Bronx in 1941 for his last year of grammar school, there seemed to be little change in his attitude or his results. Hoping to find something to interest his son, Jack introduced Stanley to chess, with the desired result. Kubrick took to the game passionately, and quickly became a skilled player. Chess would become an important device for Kubrick in later years, often as a tool for dealing with recalcitrant actors, but also as an artistic motif in his films. more…

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