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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.
Genre: Drama, War
Year:
1987
158,863 Views

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 are 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?

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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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