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Movie Details

Title:   Heartbreak Ridge
Director:   Clint Eastwood
Year:   1986
Genre:   War
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   12.21.07

Other Movies Seen By This Director (9)
- American Sniper
- Blood Work
- The Eiger Sanction
- Flags of Our Fathers
- Gran Torino
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Million Dollar Baby
- Sudden Impact
- Sully

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
12.21.07Netflix Hmm. I guess this came out first but its similarity to Full Metal Jacket is enough to warrant comparison. It's mostly a movie about training marines via a roughneck gruff-ass old-timer that takes no shit and spouts colorfully lewd sayings followed by real combat that's not as good. Except as good as Eastwood is as an actor, he's no R. Lee Ermey and as OK as Eastwood is as a director, he's no Stanley Kubrick.

As usual, the romantic interest in an Eastwood film is terrible, but I think the big things that spoiled this movie for me were Mario Van Peebles and his character and the rest of the troops. These guys make the dudes in Cadence look tough. Maybe someone thought it was a good idea to take a no-BS army dude and pair them with screwball comedy idiots but not me. Any cool points Eastwood earns with his badassosity are immediately mooted whenever Peebles appears with his unplugged electric guitar. Why doesn't he ever wear a shirt in this film? I guess it WAS the 80s.
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