Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Combat Films, War Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 5, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 130 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Having spent much of his directorial career emulating Don Siegel and John Ford, Clint Eastwood borrows a page from the catalogue of Sam Fuller in Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood casts himself as an old-fashioned Marine Corps sergeant who is out of step with the new-fashioned military. He returns to his old outfit as a gunnery sergeant, where he runs afoul of 1980s-style superior officers to whom the words "Gung Ho" are foolish anachronisms. But through his tough tutelage, Eastwood's lackadaisical platoon is whipped into a first-rate fighting machine, favoring teamwork over such New Age gobbledygook as "self-fulfillment." Eastwood's men prove their mettle during the invasion of Grenada.

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basic-training [military], drill-sergeant, ex-wife, invasion, Marines, military, platoon