Full Metal Jacket (1987)

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Directed By Stanley Kubrick Stanley Kubrick Starring Matthew Modine Matthew Modine  •  Adam Baldwin Adam Baldwin  •  Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio  •  R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey  •  Dorian Harewood Dorian Harewood Genres Anti-War Film  •  Based-on-20th-Century-Literature  •  Combat Films  •  Drama  •  War Drama  •  War Studios &
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Release Info 1987-06-26T00:00:00Z June 26, 1987
Color  •  116 minutes R Rated R
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poppasweets55 on 5/28/2011 Reply  · 

ironically I loved full metal jacket and platoon along with hamburger hill.I 'ved watched them all back to back

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TheHonestFilmFan on 9/15/2014 Reply  · 

It's like rain on your wedding day!

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aliwb171 on 8/29/2011 Reply  · 

very god veryvery very god

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Showtimebr on 7/11/2012 Reply  · 

Easily one of mine Kubrick favorites. Marvelous flick.

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sonicdynasty on 5/23/2013 Reply  · 

Without question, Full Metal Jacket is one of the finest films ever made!

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The27Arsenal on 11/19/2013 Reply  · 

Trash. Overrated trash. Someone convince me otherwise. Just try.

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Eagleskywalker87 on 11/5/2017 Reply  · 

I'm with you on that one. Tonally and structurally inconsistent and it feels like a collection of unfunny sketches that don't connet with each other instead of a complete film!
The last scene with the sniper proves my point. It starts as a comedy sketch AND THEN it becomes the climax of the film out of nowhere AND THEN it becomes overly serious out of nowhere and there was no transition to get to those places!
Even the first 45 minutes that everyone loves was very repetitive and meant nothing at the end! My least favourite Kubrick movie by far!

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TommyDoyle2016 on 4/20/2020 Reply  · 

Love how you're so argumentative, @The27Arsenal. A really, really intellectual movie buff that always proves his point. Bravo!

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Rick_34_Blaine on 10/6/2020 Reply  · 

Nobody cares to convince you of anything.

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Crapbaskets123 on 8/3/2022 Reply  · 

The sniper scene is probably the best in the whole movie. It starts off comedic because they've beaten the sniper. Obviously, they're celebrating. Then it takes a much darker turn once they start arguing on what to do with her. Leave her to rot or put her out of her misery? It isn't out of nowhere, it follows a simple 3 act structure and brilliantly changes tone along with changing subject as well.

As for the first 45 minutes, it's sad that you misunderstood that section. It's based on the actual meaning of this movie being how people lose themselves in war, which is shown a lot in the second half of the movie. The first section shows the dehuminization of the people there, and the loss of innocence in the form of Leonard Lawrence. He starts off like an innocent child and becomes a monster, and nearly everyone in the film mirrors this in the second half, just in different ways. From people gleefully mowing down civilians, to even the name Animal Mother and the way they view fighting in the war, to the ending itself of them trying to rediscover their humanity.

The film also shows the foolish dichotomy, albeit a bit too briefly for my liking, of peace and war, of how people expect to be killing machines but also lovers of peace, and that final scene shows this to a brilliant degree.

But fundamentally, it's a scene to show at least the slightest glimmer of humanity in Joker's character.

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cheesydog1 on 4/19/2014 Reply  · 

not Kubrick's best but still great

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cheesydog1 on 4/19/2014 Reply  · 

I do have to say the first act was Awsome second act was good but not as good

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TheHonestFilmFan on 7/24/2014 Reply  · 

Really damn good. I don't have any problems with the portion of the film in Vietnam, I thought it was as amazing as the Paris Island segment.

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Area_hulk on 8/9/2014 Reply  · 

Loved the island part, LIKED second act, loved the final third act

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hambone88 on 11/15/2016 Reply  · 

No complaints about the movie. It was definitely a solid solid war movie. Not anywhere near my favorite war movie, but it has some very memorable parts that made it stand out above other movies from the same genre.

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monsters2319 on 6/27/2017 Reply  · 

Strange, A really really good movie starring D'Onofrio and Ermey ends and then an uninteresting typical war movie plays afterwards. How do you rate half a film? I wanna see the full-length version of the first one.

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PiccoloKing on 6/26/2018 Reply  · 

Leaves you broken...

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Cman15 on 12/20/2020 Reply  · 

It's all in the tone with this one. Marvelous experience.

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Crapbaskets123 on 7/1/2022 Reply  · 

One of my favorite Kubrick films behind The Shining and 2001. It's phenomenal

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TroubleMike on 9/12/2022 Reply  · 

Kubrick is a genius on a different level Who else could make movies about Vietnam (Full Metal Jacket) Pedophilia (Lolita) and a Psychopathic serial Rapist (A Clockwork Orange)and make them have more Laugh out loud moments than most "so called" Comedies.

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