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.

FADE IN:

WARNER BROS. LOGO:

WARNER BROS. PICTURES

WB:

A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY

LOGO FADES OUT:

Music:

Johnny Wright's "Hello Vietnam"

TITLE:
A STANLEY KUBRICK FILM

CUT:

TO:

TITLE:
FULL METAL JACKET

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1 INT. BARBERSHOP--PARRIS

ISLAND MARINE BASE-DAY

Marine recruits having their heads shaved

with

electric clippers. The hair piles up on the floor.

2 INT.

BARRACKS--DAY

Marine recruits stand at attention in front of their

bunks.

Master Gunnery Sergeant HARTMAN walks along the

line of

blank-faced recruits.

HARTMAN:

I am Gunnery Sergeant

Hartman, your Senior

Drill Instructor. From now on, you will speak

only when spoken to, and the first and last

words out of your filthy

sewers will be "Sir!"

Do you maggots understand that?

RECRUITS:

(in unison)

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Bullshit! I can't hear you. Sound off like you

got a

pair.

RECRUITS:

(louder)

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

If you ladies leave my island, if you survive

recruit

training ... you will be a weapon, you

will be a minister of death,

praying for war.

But until that day you are pukes! You're the

lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even

human fucking beings!

You are nothing but

unorganized grabasstic pieces of amphibian

shit!

Because I am hard, you will not like me. But

the more

you hate me, the more you will

learn. I am hard, but I am fair!

There is no

racial bigotry here! I do not look down on

niggers,

kikes, wops or greasers. Here you

are all equally worthless! And my

orders are

to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack

the gear

to serve in my beloved Corps! Do

you maggots understand that?

RECRUITS:

(in unison)

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Bullshit! I can't hear you!

RECRUITS:

(louder)

Sir, yes, sir!

Sergeant HARTMAN stops in front of a

black recruit,

Private SNOWBALL.

HARTMAN:

What's your

name, scumbag?

SNOWBALL:

(shouting)

Sir,

Private Brown, sir!

HARTMAN:

Bullshit! From now on

you're Private

Snowball! Do you like that name?

SNOWBALL:

(shouting)

Sir, yes, sir!

HARTMAN:

Well, there's one thing that you won't like,

Private Snowball! They

don't serve fried

chicken and watermelon on a daily basis in

my

mess hall!

SNOWBALL:

Sir, yes, sir!

JOKER:

(whispering)

Is that you, John Wayne? Is this me?

HARTMAN:

Who said that? Who the fuck said that? Who's

the slimy

little communist shit twinkle-toed

cocksucker down here, who just

signed his

own death warrant? Nobody, huh?! The fairy

fucking

godmother said it! Out-fuckingstanding!

I will P.T. you all until

you fucking

die! I'll P.T. you until your assholes are

sucking

buttermilk.

Sergeant HARTMAN grabs cowboy by the shirt.

HARTMAN:

Was it you, you scroungy little fuck, huh?!

COWBOY:

Sir, no, sir!

HARTMAN:

You little piece of

shit! You look like a fucking

worm! I'll bet it was you!

COWBOY:

Sir, no, sir!

JOKER:

Sir, I said it, sir!

Sergeant HARTMAN steps up to JOKER.

HARTMAN:

Well ...

no shit. What have we got here, a

fucking comedian? Private Joker? I

admire

your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come

over to my

house and fuck my sister.

Sergeant HARTMAN purnches JOKER in the

stomach.

JOKER sags to his knees.

HARTMAN:

You little

scumbag! I've got your name! I've

got your ass! You will not laugh!

You will not

cry! You will learn by the numbers. I will

teach

you. Now get up! Get on your feet! You

had best unfuck yourself or I

will unscrew

your head and shit down your neck!

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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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