icon Film Profile: Full Metal Jacket - (1987)
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"Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care."


  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure,
  • Studio: Natant
  • Duration: 140 Mins

Stanley Kubrick's penultimate film is a harrowing, foul-mouthed and violent Vietnam War drama. But, unlike the rainforest horrors of Apocalypse Now or Platoon, Kubrick's film begins with a long training camp sequence in America before moving to a bombed-out Vietnamese city. While its message is simple - innocent young Americans are taught to be machine-like killers - its technique is extraordinary. Because Kubrick refused to travel any distance, it was shot entirely in Britain, with palm trees uprooted from Spain and Matthew Modine and a cast of relative unknowns uprooted from Hollywood. Renting a disused gasworks in Beckton, east London, Kubrick created a huge and spectacular outdoor set, though some sequences, it must be said, lack tropical realism. The performances are superb, especially Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant with a colourful vocabulary, Vincent D'Onofrio as the pathetic Private Pyle and Modine as the cynical recruit called Joker.
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Cast List:
Private Joker : Matthew Modine
Animal Mother : Adam Baldwin
Leonard Lawrence, Private Gomer Pyle : Vincent D'Onofrio
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman : Lee Ermey
Eightball : Dorian Harewood
Private Cowboy : Arliss Howard
Rafterman : Kevyn Major Howard
Walter J Schinoski, Lieutenant Touchdown : Ed O'Ross
Lieutenant Lockhart : John Terry
Crazy Earl : Keiron Jecchinis
Payback : Kirk Taylor
Doorgunner : Tim Colceri

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