ByTrent Hylton, writer at

This is one of the greatest Vietnam War era movies of all time! Stanley Kubrick blew us all out of the water with this visual and psychological masterpiece of a war that nobody knew why we were fighting. Right from the get-go we are introduced to the harsh and dehumanizing baptism by fire into the brotherhood of the United States Marine Corps at Paris Island South Carolina as well as our introduction to Gunnery Sergeant Hartman played by the legendary R. Lee Ermey. Ermy delivered one of the most terrifying and oddly funny roles in cinema history, which was mostly improvisational, delivering some of the most harsh/hilarious lines ever! my personal favorite being:

"I bet you're the kind of person to f*ck another man in the a** and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around!"

To which, it is rumored that Kubrick broke out in hysterical laughter, had to stop filming, and ask Ermy what a reach-around was!

From the obscene march chants and blanket parties, the psychological breakdown of Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence, graduation and acceptance into the brotherhood of the Corps, and Pyle's tragic, chilling and completely shocking end to the living hell that was the front lines of Vietnam, wee follow Private Joker and Rafterman with the Lusthog squad, trough all the horrors the young men who went to war, didn't come back, or held their dying brothers in their arms. All with an incredible mid-60's soundtrack, incredible props, costumes, and amazing dialogue! Definitely one that will be remembered as an outstanding commentary ffor generations to come!


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