Officer And A Gentleman, An
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Once in a great while a movie comes along that truly grips and uplifts i ts audiences. Such a movie is An Officer And A Gentleman, a timeless tal e of romance, friendship and growth. Loner Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) ent ers Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pi lot and in thirteen tor tuous weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. Louis Gossett, Jr. won an Academy Aw ard* for his brilliant portrayal o f the tough drill instructor who teaches Zack that no man can make it al one. And while Gossett tri es to warn the young officer about the local girls who will do anything to catch themselves pilot husbands, Zack even tually learns t o love one (Debra Winger) while his fellow candidate, a memorable character portrayed by David Keith, struggles with a very diff eren t fate. An Officer And A Gentleman is a rich and satisfying story with moving performances that will stay with you long after the f ilm ha s ended.]]>
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Wow! The picture is fantastic-- just beautiful. With sharp, colorful, blu-ray video quality! Extremely natural flesh tones and other colors, and indeed, a very natural picture in all respects. The sound is . . . even better. It's so clear and perfect, coming out of just my HD TV's own speakers, that I didn't know those speakers could sound so good until now (especially noticeable when some of the wonderful music from this movie is playing!).
The extras are terrific! Richard Gere, David Keith, David Caruso, Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Harold Sylvester, Lisa Eilbacher, Tony Plana, and really ALL the stars and secondary players (except Debra Winger, Lisa Blount, and Robert Loggia), plus the director (Taylor Hackford), producer, and writer are in a wonderful, informative, lengthy 2007 "making of" documentary. As are the music writers and music producer for another feature about the Oscar-winning music (but neither Joe Cocker nor Jennifer Warnes participates in this feature). Also there is another great piece where Louis Gossett returns to Port Townsend, Washington, where it was filmed, showing us the sites and speaking with several local people who were there for the filming in 1981 (some had performed as extras in the movie, too). These Blu-ray extra features were all on the 2007 Special Edition DVD release, along with another extra about some military romances in real life. All of the extras look excellent on my HD TV, by the way; not soft-focus as if only made for the non-HD DVD.
The movie itself is a modern classic, truly a great film in my opinion, which launched and accelerated a lot of young careers. An honest, gritty portrayal of young naval aviators-in-training, all under the heel of their responsible, far wiser, far more worldly, and kick-ass tough drill instructor, played perfectly by Louis Gossett, Jr. This film also deals with the reality of these same young people temporarily in love (in their spare time, & usually it lasts at most for the 13 weeks of boot camp), and the sexually charged nature of their relationships, complete with honest, raw language-- though explicit scenes are few in this film. These elements are set against the best boot camp training scenes in a movie about military recruits that I have ever seen, with both Richard Gere and Louis Gossett, Jr. absolutely riveting in their portrayals of the hotshot recruit (who actually has "no [other] place to go"), and the elite, yet streetwise, drill instructor, who is tasked with making these recruits into officer material while weeding out those who expose crucial weaknesses.
The dialog in the boot camp training scenes, particularly, is just fresh, often slick and clever, and outstanding overall. As is the acting from this wonderful ensemble of young actors. If you are a fan of Gere, Gossett, or Debra Winger, heck also Robert Loggia, you will never see them in better performances than in this film. Nor in a better film. (Loggia, with little screen time here, perhaps equaled his great performance of a much fuller role in 1983's "Scarface.")
This Blu-ray gets an A+ from me. It exceeded all expectations as to picture and sound quality, and I just loved the extras. The movie is a classic, as fresh and sharp today as ever. HIGHLY recommended!
I saw AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN in the theatre when I was just 15 very fortunate, indeed, the local suburban movie house allowed a small group of boys - obviously under 17 - to witness the R-rated move without an adult.
But, I became a fan of Richard Gere and, of course, Debra Winger who not surprisingly became a sex symbol in the eyes of any teenager after seeing this one. Besides, you could tell too: She was a serious actress.
At the time of this 1982 release Lou Gossett Jr. nailed what would become the typical drill Sergeant role eventually saved for ex real life drill Sergeant R Lee Ermey.
Taylor Hackford mentions an "accident" that occurred during filming that put the entire cast and crew on hold forcing the Director to offer an ultimatum to cast member who was, basically, at fault for 'her' own mishap. Makeup was applied but bruise is visible (it is), Hackford explains, in first scene she filmed after 'hospital stay' (well, I find that stuff interesting). Hackford also mentions Gere and Winger worked and 'pushed' each other well, more than the 'stories' that they did not get along.
I, personally, could not believe how well I remembered this movie finding myself quoting lines like I had just seen it last week which is nowhere near true. I hadn't seen AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN in over 15 yrs (on AMC - probably HORRIBLY cut up) which did remind me I had probably watched this another 10 times on cable one summer when still a teenager.
Too bad Lisa Blount was given that "Way to go Paula..." line. And they chose to keep it in. People still yell at her to this day for that bad choice/cheesy line!
Still, overall, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is surprisingly entertaining love story, action movie without a gun shot fired! So much happens, including my favorite (kind of sappy scene, yes) scene with Mayo helping "Ohhh, Seeegar" (Lisa Eilbacher, looking stunningly NOT all that attractive) over the training wall. Gets me every time. It even gets to Sgt. Foley.