Full Metal Jacket

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
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.3
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
R
Year:
1987
116 min
129,217 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

CUT TO:

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?

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 f*ck 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 f*ck, 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 f*ck my sister.

Sergeant HARTMAN punches 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!

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!

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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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