Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 1987
Certified Fresh91%
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Director Stanley Kubrick rips the skin from the face of war to expose the dehumanizing effect of the military on the people fed to its emotional meat grinder in Full Metal Jacket. Through the eyes of an 18-year-old recruit--from his first days in the seeming hell of Marine Corps boot camp as his superiors try to strip of him his individuality and re-create him as a Marine, to the hell of the 1968 Tet offensive, Kubrick reveals the damage done to the collective human soul by the inhumanity of war. Based on the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Intense, tightly constructed, and darkly comic at times, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket may not boast the most original of themes, but it is exceedingly effective at communicating them.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Desmond Ryan

If his considerable achievement in this long- awaited film falls short of his Olympian standards,...

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Sheila Benson

It may seem too spare, too clinical, its moments of war even too familiar for some. But, aiming fo...

June 22, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Jay Boyar

What gives this story its power is not really its originality, but the relentlessness of Kubrick's...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Extremely graphic, violent Vietnam War film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 Stanley Kubrick-directed movie following a Marine's journey into darkness during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. The movie is unsparing in its portrayal of wartime violence -- soldiers get into fire fights, are shot by snipers, and are shown dying slowly on the battlefield. In one of the most disturbing scenes of the movie, a Marine recruit shown constantly making mistakes during boot camp and arousing the intense fury of his drill sergeant becomes mentally and emotionally unstable, sitting on a toilet, putting a rifle into his mouth and pulling the trigger -- head shown exploding into a splatter of blood from the bullet. Right before this, he shoots and kills his drill sergeant. Pretty much every expletive in the English language is used, including frequent use of "f--k," as well as racial slurs directed at African Americans, Jews, and Italians, as well as quips by the drill sergeant in which he calls his recruits gay. In two scenes, Vietnamese prostitutes proposition American servicemen and haggle over prices for sex acts.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Action
  • Release Date:June 26, 1987
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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