Taglines: Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care.
Vietnam war and its losses. Many soldiers lay on the battlefield, and she, all demanded new victims. American draftees arrive at the training camp to learn the basics of military skill. This is the place where they lose their identity, and become soulless killing machines, ready to carry out the order. In this they are helped by a senior instructor in combat training Hartman. He has rich experience, participated in many battles and survived. His approach to newcomers is cruel and effective; he does not see people in them. Considers as raw materials that need to be processed and prepared for battle.
Among the recruits are two guys. Leonardo, a full-bodied modest man and a funny joker, he was nicknamed the Joker. For them, a turning point comes, harsh training is physically exhausting, and moral bullying is forced to look for hidden forces within themselves so as not to break. They learn to handle weapons and withstand inhuman loads. They are trying to knock out all that is superfluous, so that they understand that they are a tool to achieve their tasks and unquestioningly obey commands. Very young guys, quickly turning into real men, gain the ability to kill without regrets.
Based on The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford.
Also Known As: Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
Creators: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Star Cast: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O’Ross
Producer (s): Stanley Kubrick
Cinematographer: Douglas Milsome
Music: Abigail Mead
Production House: Natant, Harrier Films, Stanley Kubrick Productions, Warner Bros.
Original network / Official Sites:
Warner Bros., Columbia-Cannon-Warner
Release Year: 10 July 1987 (USA)
Runtime: 116 min
Genres: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, Vietnamese
Subtitles: English, Bengali
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.