Full Metal Jacket (1987)

In Vietnam The Wind Doesn't Blow It Sucks

Original Title : Full Metal Jacket
Director : Stanley Kubrick
Writer : Gustav Hasford
Stanley Kubrick
Michael Herr
Gustav Hasford
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jan Harlan , Michael Herr , Philip Hobbs , Stanley Kubrick , Bill Shephard
Music : Vivian Kubrick
Photography : Douglas Milsome
IMDB ID : 0093058
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Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Stanley Kubrick


┬Matthew Modine Private Joker/J.T. Davis
┬Adam Baldwin Animal Mother
┬Vincent D'Onofrio Private Gomer Pyle/Leonard Lawrence
┬R. Lee Ermey Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (as Lee Ermey
┬Dorian Harewood Eightball
┬Kevyn Major Howard Rafterman
┬Arliss Howard Private Cowboy
┬Ed O'Ross Lieutenant Touchdown/Walter J. Schinoski
┬John Terry Lieutenant Lockhart
┬Kieron Jecchinis Crazy Earl
┬Kirk Taylor Payback
┬Tim Colceri Doorgunner
┬Jon Stafford Doc Jay (as John Stafford
┬Bruce Boa Poge Colonel
┬Ian Tyler Lieutenant Cleves
┬Sal Lopez T.H.E. Rock
┬Gary Landon Mills Donlon
┬Papillon Soo Da Nang Hooker (as Papillon Soo Soo
┬Peter Edmund Snowball
┬Ngoc Le Vietcong Sniper
┬Leanne Hong Motorbike Hooker
┬Tan Hung Francione ARVN Pimp
┬Marcus D'Amico Hand Job
┬Costas Dino Chimona Chili
┬Gil Kopel Stork
┬Keith Hodiak Daddy D.A.
┬Peter Merrill TV Journalist
┬Herbert Norville Daytona Dave
┬Nguyen Hue Phong Camera Thief
┬Duc Hu Ta Dead N.V.A.
┬Martin Adams Marine
┬Kevin Albridge Marine
┬Del Anderson Marine
┬Philip Bailey Marine
┬Louis Barlotti Marine
┬John Beddows Marine
┬Patrick Benn Marine
┬Steve Boucher Marine
┬Adrian Bush Marine
┬Tony Carey Marine
┬Gary Cheeseman Marine
┬Wayne Clark Marine
┬Chris Cornibert Marine
┬Danny Cornibert Marine
┬John Curtis Marine
┬John Davis Marine
┬Harry Davies Marine
┬Kevin Day Marine
┬Gordon Duncan Marine
┬Phil Elmer Marine
┬Colin Elvis Marine
┬Hadrian Follett Marine
┬Sean Frank Marine
┬David George Marine
┬Laurie Gomes Marine
┬Brian Goodwin Marine
┬Nigel Goulding Marine
┬Tony Hague Marine
┬Steve Hands Marine
┬Chris Harris Marine
┬Bob Hart Marine
┬Derek Hart Marine
┬Barry Hayes Marine
┬Tony Hayes Marine
┬Robin Hedgeland Marine
┬Duncan Henry Marine
┬Kenneth Head Marine
┬Liam Hogan Marine
┬Trevor Hogan Marine
┬Luke Hogdal Marine
┬Steve Hudson Marine
┬Tony Howard Marine
┬Sean Lamming Marine
┬Dan Landin Marine
┬Tony Leete Marine
┬Nigel Lough Marine
┬Terry Lowe Marine
┬Frank McCardle Marine
┬Gary Meyer Marine
┬Brett Middleton Marine
┬David Milner Marine
┬Sean Minmagh Marine
┬Tony Minmagh Marine
┬John Morrison Marine
┬Russell Mott Marine
┬John Ness Marine
┬Robert Nichols Marine
┬David Perry Marine
┬Peter Rommely Marine
┬Pat Sands Marine
┬Jim Sarup Marine
┬Chris Maybach Marine (as Chris Schmidt-Maybach
┬Al Simpson Marine
┬Russell Slater Marine
┬Gary Smith Marine
┬Roger Smith Marine
┬Tony Smith Marine
┬Anthony Styliano Marine
┬Bill Thompson Marine
┬Mike Turjansky Marine
┬Dan Weldon Marine
┬Dennis Wells Marine
┬Michael Williams Marine
┬John Wilson Marine
┬John Wonderling Marine rest of cast listed alphabetically
┬Stanley Kubrick Murphy (voice
┬Vivian Kubrick News Camera Operator at Mass Grave (uncredited
┬David Palffy Mass Grave Soldier (uncredited


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 basic training under the command of the punishing Sgt. 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.


First of all I love Kubrick's work, so I came into this with a bias. However I have seen a lot of action and war films, and this one, to an individual who never went to war, seems the most true-to-life, taken as a whole. This IS how you have to look at this film, incidentally, trying to break it down into two or three parts and say which was better is missing the point of the film, I think. In the same way that "Trainspotting" was an anti-drug film that did not gloss over anything, "Full Metal Jacket" is (for me) an anti-war film that stares straight at the ugliness of war and the potential for violence within almost all people, especially those trained, conditioned, even twisted, into military roles, without preaching even a single time. Less allegory and more applicability! Wonderful! The camera work was superb. I felt like I was walking through the movie with the Marines, from the barracks to the battlefield scenes. I have seen others criticize this film for the voice over, but I felt that it was used sparingly, and was helpful, not overdone. The narrator doesn't say anything that seems out-of-place. Others have commented on the music, the acting, and so on, so I won't add my repetitive comments, except that the drill sergeant is perfect! The combination of the demented treatment the recruits receive in boot camp with the combined "hours of boredom, seconds of terror" feel of the Vietnam scenes is intense and not for everyone, but feels REAL.