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Full Metal Jacket Movie

Movie Review for Full Metal Jacket


Behind the scenes of Vietnam War from a Marine’s perspective in this 80s movie.
A two-part look at life of members of the Marine Corp in Vietnam.

Full Metal Jacket DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Full Metal Jacket was released on June 12, 2001 by Warner Home Video and is rated R.


Full Metal Jacket is a two-part movie, one featuring the rigorous training that members of the Marine must endure before going out to war. It does not help that they have to be trained by a man who drives an iron fist in the name of Gny. Sgt. Hartman, played by R. Lee Ermey.

The second half of Full Metal Jacket follows the story of Pvt. Joker, who has survived basic training from part one. Pvt. Joker is no ordinary Marine, he thinks only of killing as the movie allows the viewer to get inside of his sadistic head.


Pvt. Joker - Matthew Modine
Animal Mother - Adam Baldwin
Pvt. Pyle - Vincent D'Onofrio
Gny. Sgt. Hartman - R. Lee Ermey
Eightball - Dorian Harewood
Rafterman - Kevyn Major Howard
Pvt. Cowboy - Arlis Howard
Lt. Touchdown - Ed O'Ross
Lt. Lockhart - John Terry
Crazy Earl - Kieron Jecchinis
Payback - Kirk Taylor
Doorgunner - Tim Colceri
Doc Jay - John Stafford
Poge Colonel - Bruce Boa
Lt. Cleves - Ian Tyler


R Lee Emery, a former US Marine drill instructor was hired for the movie Full Metal Jacket to give advice on the boot camp training portion of the movie. But producers were so impressed by the way he did his job and kept it real-like, that he was hired to play Gunnery Sgt. Hartman.

Anthony Michael Hall was supposed to be the actor to play Pvt. Joker in the movie Full Metal Jacket but he was against the way the director was doing his job.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Full Metal Jacket was released to theatres on 06/26/1987 by Warner Bros., and grossed $31,471,827 at the box office in the US on a budget of $17,000,000.

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