Film 199 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket”. This Stanley Kubrick war drama is based on Gustav Hasford’s novel “The Short-Timers” and is about a platoon of U.S. Marines going through their training and the experiences of two of the platoon’s Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. This would be Kubrick’s last film for 12 years until 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut” before dying in March 1999 of a heart attack in St Albans, England at the age of 70. After a run of terrible film this month, I really needed something good to watch. And I found it in Full Metal Jacket. This film has memorable scenes, quotable lines (mostly from Sergeant Hartman) and overall… a very fun film to watch. Who hasn’t tried quoting some of Sergeant Hartman’s opening lines such as “Who said that? WHO THE FUCK SAID THAT?! Who’s the slimy little Communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker down here who just signed his own death warrant?!” and “Holy dog shit! Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas” and finally “I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around.” There was one part where I just put my head in my hands and shook my head saying “no!” It was the scene with the Vietnamese prostitute. Why was this scene needed? It doesn’t get followed up on and we never found out if they get their camera back. “Me so horny. Me love you long time”. Add that to the list of quotable lines. Overall, this is a very fun film to watch. I definitely would recommend watching the first 45 minutes just for everything in the training. When the film was released in 1987, Desson Howe from The Washington Post had this to say, “The most eloquent and exacting vision of the war to date… Inspired with technique rather than overblown with it”. Fun Fact of The Film – The term “full metal jacket” refers to small arms ammunition with a copper coating around the lead core. I have no idea what that means but it sounds cool. If you have seen this film then let me know your thoughts in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket”.
Film – Full Metal Jacket
Year – 1987
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Written by – Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford
Based on – “The Short-Timers” by Gustav Hasford
Staring – Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D’Onofrio
IMDb Rating – 8.4/10
My Rating – 8.9/10
Length – 111 min (1h 51min)
Genre – Drama, War
We open with men getting their heads shaved
Is there a reason why they shave their heads in army camps?
YAY!!!! Sergeant Hartman!!!!!
Excuse me while I enjoy this
That was a bit racist
“Who said that? WHO THE FUCK SAID THAT?! Who’s the slimy little Communist shit twinkle-toed cocksucker down here who just signed his own death warrant?!”
“You will not laugh, you will not cry!”
“5′ 9″! I didn’t know they stacked shit that high”
“Holy dog shit! Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas,”
“I bet you’re the kind of guy that would fuck a person in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around. ”
This is South Carolina? Those are English road markings
Dammit Private Pyle!
Why is Pyle walking around with pants around his ankles and sucking his thumb?
Your rifle is now your girlfriend! The only pussy you’re getting here
Let’s all say a prayer about my rifle
“This is my rifle, this is my gun”
Time to tackle the obstacle course
This looks like something from Gladiators
Really? You can’t do one pull-up
Clearly is Pyle can’t do anything, wouldn’t you want him out?
Oh no! Private Joker doesn’t believe in religion
Time for basic gun training
Now to learn how to tie laces
I’m trying to figure out if Pyle is afraid of heights
Time to learn about how to shoot a rifle
Time for finger and toe nail check
Dammit Pyle! Why is your chest unlocked?
Pyle’s been hiding jelly donuts in his chest
New rule – Whenever Pyle screws up everyone gets punished but Pyle
Pyle thinks everyone hates him
Damn top button is choking me
We will make Pyle learn by hitting him with soap wrapped in a towel
This is all a dream
30 minutes in and I’m loving this film
No one knows who Charles Whitman is?
We all know who Lee Harvey Oswold was
Why are we singing “Happy Birthday”? For Jesus?
Oh… It’s Christmas
Pyle stop talking to yourself
Two of the marines chat about Pyle while cleaning the gents
What is a “Section Eight”?
Graduation is a few days away we are told by Joker’s monolague
Time to see who got what role
Joker wants to be a writer! Not a killer
As punishment, Joker is on night watch
In the Head Room, Joker finds Pyle with his rifle sat on the toilet
Think Pyle has gone insane
He just said the name of the film!!!
“I am in a world of shit!”
Hartman enters and tries to confront Pyle
HOLY SHIT!!! Pyle just killed Hartman!!!
Fucking hell! Pyle just shoved his rifle in his mouth and blew his brains out
Meanwhile in Vietnam
“Me so horny. Me love you long time”
Two men for £15? How about £10
Someone just stole his camera and threatened him with kung-fu
At the marine base
Joker chats with Rafteman about wanting to fight
Ann-Margaret is coming? Any reason why?
Is this a journalism meeting?
Joker wrote an article but didn’t say anyone died
It’s Tet. The year of the monkey
Why does Joker like doing John Wayne impressions?
Someone’s attacking the base
It’s the Vietnamese Army! They’re attacking
The US Embassy has been overran in Siegon
Shout out to Snoopy
It sounds like America is losing the war?
Joker and Rafteman have been sent up north to see Captain January
Is Rafteman about to puke because someone is firing a gun?
He’s killing innocent farmers because they ran
He’s killed 157 people already – Some women and children
“Ain’t war hell?”
Joker and Rafteman meet with Rakowski to find Cowboy
They decide to visit a grave with dead people covered in lime
Joker and Rafteman chat with a Lieutenant
“You write ‘born to kill’ on your helmet and you have a peace symbol”
They eventually find Cowboy and the two share a hug
Animal Mother meets with them and almost starts a fight with words
They have a Viet troop dead in their camp as a guest
It’s gotten to the point in this film where you start to loose interest
What’s left for them to do?
Shit! The lieutenant just died from an explosion attack
To me, this just reminds me of Platoon. Pretty much identical except one’s in a jungle and this one is in towns
Was the Vietnam war inspiration behind Call of Duty: Black Ops?
Let’s just leave Animal Mother to do all the shooting
Are they really playing “Surfin’ Bird”? That came out of nowhere
Don’t mind the film crew filming us
Let’s pretend we’re in a western and everyone’s John Wayne
Animal Mother says he isn’t getting his balls blown off without poon tang
Hand Job is dead. Days before being shipped off for masterbating 10 times a day
The film crew decide to interview Animal Mother, Cowboy, Rafteman and a few other troops
Get the boom mic out of the shot
Cowboy is mad that Vietnam has no horses
Someone brings a prostitute for everyone.
She refused one of the black troops because he has a massive dick
She changes her mind when she sees his dick
Animal Mother decides to go first instead
We don’t see any sex! Instead we see the aftermath of a war
Everyone has been sent to Perfume River as the NVA has pulled out
Shit! Someone else has died!
Crazy has died from a land mine
Cowboy is the new squad leader
Why do I get the feeling he’s gonna die before this film is over?
They’ve made a wrong turn and are off course
Why does 8-Ball have a bottle of glue strapped to his helmet?
And 8-Ball has been shot in the leg by a sniper
Let’s wait for the tank
Doc Jay is going to rescue 8-Ball against Cowboy’s orders
And Doc Jay gets shot by the sniper as well
Doesn’t sound like the tank is coming
Animal Mother snaps and goes after everyone so he can rescue 8-Ball & Doc Jay
Why am I playing “Stay Together For the Kids” by Blink-182 in my head?
And as I predicted Cowboy has been killed by the sniper
Now who’s in charge?
I’m assuming Animal Mother is the new squad leader
Better throw smoke to confuse them
It’s a female sniper! Not only that…. It’s a teenager!!!!
She gets shot by Rafteman and asks to be killed
Take your time Joker
After two minutes Joker finally kills the sniper
Is this the Mickey Mouse Club Chant?
Nothing like a little bit of “Paint It Black” by Rolling Stones to end it