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Officer And A Gentleman, An (DVD)
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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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.
What makes this movie work? Louis Gossett, Jr. HE DOES. His portrayal of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant is spot on. It's as if the man did some time in the Corps himself. HE made the movie work. Semper Fi, Gunny.