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.