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23,591 Ratings

Full Metal Jacket

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
United Kingdom, United States, 1987
Action, Drama, War


A platoon of new marine recruits goes through intense basic training under a brutal drill sergeant but nothing can prepare them for the harsh realities of the Vietnam War.

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Full Metal Jacket Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1988 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

Critics reviews

The inverse of those maudlin male weepies about the terrible things that happen to “our boys” during war, Stanley Kubrick’s queasy Vietnam flick is built on the idea that a war movie is just a crime movie without the police… This is an exactingly realized work of profound disappointment.
November 16, 2012
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Elliptical, full of subtle inner rhymes (for instance, the sound cues equating a psychopathic marine in the first part with a dying female sniper in the second), and profoundly moving, this is the most tightly crafted Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove, as well as the most horrific; the first section alone accomplishes most of what The Shining failed to do.
August 01, 1987
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