Directors: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Animal Mother: Adam Baldwin; Private Joker/J.T. Davis: Matthew Modine; Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: R. Lee Ermey; Private Cowboy: Arliss Howard; Lieutenant Touchdown/Walter J. Schinoski: Ed O’Ross; Private Gomer Pyle/Leonard Lawrence: Vincent D’Onofrio; Poge Colonel: Bruce Boa; Eightball: Dorian Harewood; Lieutenant Lockhart: John Terry; Rafterman: Kevyn Major Howard; Crazy Earl: Kieron Jecchinis; Payback: Kirk Taylor; Doorgunner: Tim Colceri; Doc Jay: Jon Stafford; Lieutenant Cleves: Ian Tyler
Taglines: Acclaimed by critics as the best war movie ever made
Born to Kill
In Vietnam The Wind Doesn’t Blow It Sucks
Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care
Storyline: Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has forseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle’s torment and Joker’s unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker’s psyche and the repeated referal to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondant is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer.