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Heartbreak Ridge (2002)

Clint Eastwood , Marsha Mason , Clint Eastwood  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 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: 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 (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ASLJOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heartbreak Ridge" on IMDb

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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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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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
By LMB
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Authentic? Some... July 2, 2006
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
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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 Great Characters, Story and Action
Been an Eastwood fan since I saw "Dirty Harry", and this is, in my estimation< one of his top performances. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bilco41
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your expectations
Eastwood gives a pretty good performance. I'm torn. I'd like to give it 4 stars, but the battle at the end seems is a "C" grade finale to an otherwise "A-" or... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sheldon Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is an AK-47. It is the preferred weapon of your enemy. It makes a very distinctive sound when fired at you.
Published 7 days ago by amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Oo-Rah, Gunny
There is nothing like a Clint Eastwood movie. There is nothing like an Eastwood when he's in a military uniform movie. Heartbreak Ridge combines the best of both worlds. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Eastwood at his best
Loved this flick for Clint Eastwood doesn't take any bull especially for the new recruits he has to nurture into military life..... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves it
our older VCR ate this tape; which was my dad's favorite movie and so it was on TV and so we recorded it to DVR; now we got it ordered and should be here soon; my dad will love it.
Published 27 days ago by Anita Baalman
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I am sorry to say that I had to return this movie because the quality of the picture was bad. They did refund me promptly and it was no hassle for the return.
Published 29 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars great movies
i bought the movie as a gift for my mom .its one of the best movies ive seen in awhile .my mom loves it she says its one of the best war movies she has seen/
Published 1 month ago by Teresa Lauster
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for someone else
I don't know what this movie is like as I bought it for someone else. I guess he liked it as he requested it.
Published 1 month ago by A. Kubik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
One of Clint's finest non-westerns. i'm a Vietnam vet, so I can relate to a lot in this movie. My wife is not and she loved it too.
Published 1 month ago by John L. Bates
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