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Heartbreak Ridge (2002)

Clint Eastwood , Marsha Mason , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett Mcgill
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: James Carabatsos
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Fritz Manes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There are no wars to fight. But Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood), a dog-faced relic of past wars, still has a lot of fight in him. Besides playing “Gunny,” Eastwood also directs and produces this tale of a Marine Corps lifer who, starting his last tour of duty before retirement, sees the bumpy road his life has taken become more complicated, due to feisty recruits (Mario Van Peebles among them), by-the-book officers and a salty ex-wife (Marsha Mason) to whom he's still attracted. Take the ridge – Heartbreak Ridge – and get a vivid, rough-and-ready entertainment from a top artist in top form.

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
When this film came out, aeons ago, a sneering newspaper reviewer called it an the utltimate "OC" movie, "OC" meaning "of course." He was referring to the fact that there isn't a single character or situation in "Heartbreak Ridge" that could be called remotely original -- it's basically a 1980s version of every 1940s, '50s, & '60s war movie you ever saw. His evidence:

1 - crusty yet somehow loveable sergeant
2 - crusty yet somehow loveable sidekick
3 - pencil-pushing jerk senior officer
4 - green platoon leader
5 - woman from past
6 - bumbling soldier who needs to grow up
7 - assorted Cental Casting platoon members
8 - generic training sequences
9 - generic trial by fire
10 - predictable ending

All this is completely true. I just don't care. The stupid reviewer was too busy being smug to understand that the reason this story has been told so many times is because it is a classic, and classics are timeless. Especially under the tender care of Clint "Shoot First, Ask Questions Never" Eastwood.

"Ridge" is the story of Tom Highway (as in "My Way Or The..."), a bullet-scarred, gravelly-voiced Marine sergeant who has fought in three wars, won a bucketfull of medals, and is now facing mandatory retirement. Ol' Gunny Highway ain't takin' it too well, either -- he drinks, fights with the cops, and gets yelled at by his superiors. Banished to a supply billet, all he yearns for is one last chance to lead combat troops, and before you can say "of course," he's packed off to his old unit -- you know, the same one he was kicked out of years before, for insubordination and conduct unbecoming (you know, the usual Eastwood Offences).
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among Clint Eastwood's best! August 4, 2002
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In Heartbreak Ridge, Clint Eastwood brings the story of whipping a group of slacker marines into shape to life. Although Clint still packs plenty of great one-liners (which are hilarious), his character shows many other sides as well. The other characters are also very colorful, and display a great transition toward the end of the movie. A must-see for Clint fans as well as anybody else.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic? Some... July 2, 2006
Heartbreak Ridge was an army battle, fought in Korea by the 2nd (Indianhead) Infantry Division, I think. (If I'm wrong, don't shoot.) Apparently, the army refused to sponsor the film and so the writers changed a few lines and the Corps took it up (and later tried to backpedal). The only time this is mentioned is when the Sergeant Major and Pvt Peebles are in the Old Marine Hangout bar (we're never given a name, it sure isn't the Staff NCO club on base) and the SgtMaj gives the Pvt a small history lesson, mentioning that they went in the Corps after Korea.

The film is formula, pure and simple, with all the caricatures of old time war movies. The conflict between Gunnery Sergeant Hightower and the football hero Major is yet another of the neverending personality conflicts without which no military outfit can function - according to Hollywood. (If it was really like that, of course, no unit could get itself together enough to make it to the point of embarkation much less fight!)

However, the uniforms and equipment are authentic and worn properly. Even the ribbons and badges are correct as to time and place and worn as prescribed by regulations. The "Gunny fund" scene where Hightower bails out one of his men who is married and in money trouble is real enough. In the old days before base social workers, sergeants did what they had to and units took care of their own as best they could. I remember that in the 80's, ten years after the All Volunteer Armed Forces and enormous pay increases, every single married man in my platoon qualified for food stamps and other welfare programs. We were required to inform them of this and even arrange time for them to go off base to apply! (Young servicepersons below the paygrade of E-5 shouldn't marry because of their lower incomes.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Entertaining with a War Story on the Side December 15, 2002
I don't take this movie as seriously as Saving Private Ryan, for example, but I don't think the movie takes itself so seriously, either. In fact, it is pretty darn funny in a subtle way. There is enough variety of characters as comic relief to overcome any factual inaccuracies in the film. It is the classic "New commander whips the boys into shape" story.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Clint Eastwood directed and starred in this 1986 film, whose theme we've all seen before. He's cast as an aging Marine sergeant whose whole life has been devoted to the military. Along the way he and his wife, played by Marsha Mason, have split up and he's determined to win her back. He's served in Korea and Vietnam and is now charged with the task of training some raw recruits. They sure are the sorriest lot of trainees I've ever seen and they hate him of course. But he forces discipline on them and really does prepare them to fight in spite of themselves. When they are called upon to go to Grenada to rescue civilians, they rise to the occasion and fight with courage.
That's the plot, and it's really rather silly. But Clint Eastward is a special kind of guy and somehow he somehow manages to pull it all together. A lot of the dialog is absolutely outrageous in its creative vulgarity but it all seemed natural coming out of his mouth. And its easy to see the loving relationship with his ex-wife in spite of a lot of nasty wisecracks directed to each other. The story moved fast and held my interest even though it annoyed me with some of its overacting and over-simplification. But then again, it's supposed to be a comedy.
I can't recommend you go out and buy or rent this film. It's just too lightweight. But if you ever catch it on late-night TV, you'll find it a pleasant time waster. I therefore give it a mild recommendation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Clint's best!
Published 19 hours ago by hummin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great Marine movie, You can beat me, you can starve me, but please don't bore me.
Published 5 days ago by Bernard Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Facts don't appear to me to be accurate.

Cant believe the disrespect for authority from people who were supposed to be Marines. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Thomas Hoffmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak Ridge
As a retired Marine there are many things this movie does right meaning like the actual Marine Corps. I always enjoy watching this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas T. Dobrucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good re-tell
If you happen to not like Eastwood as an actor, you may not enjoy this film. Of course, we do, so we did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gordosei
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't buy this and
don't have it in my collection. not sure how I should review except it probably took a weekend to shoot and edit. Classic Marine story and eastwood was great as usual.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Mcconkey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top Ten Movie
Any fan of Clint Eastwood and/or war movies must watch. Great acting, great lines and a great story. The movie was delivered to my house within five days of ordering.
Published 1 month ago by ran0368
5.0 out of 5 stars I Iove this movie
It may not have been a blockbuster, but it is a great little movie. I'm happy to have it in my movie collection, in the Clint Eastwood section...
Published 2 months ago by trid2bnrml
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
While this movie may not be an award winner, it's still great. I love Clint in this, "Improvise, adapt, overcome."
Published 2 months ago by David J Cavallero
5.0 out of 5 stars for my husband
he always missed the movie or starts in the middle of it and he can watch it from the start to the finsh
Published 2 months ago by alex
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