A young man learns the value of friendship love and growth as he goes through the rigorous training of officer candidate school in the navy. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 01/04/2005 Starring: Richard Gere D... more »ebra Winger Run time: 124 minutes Rating: R Director: Taylor Hackford« less
Linda M. from MARIETTA, GA Reviewed on 11/12/2013...
One of my husband's favorite movies. Loved the ending.
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Elena B. from ALBANY, NY Reviewed on 4/13/2013...
A Must See Movie...
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Sandra G. from LUTZ, FL Reviewed on 3/31/2013...
I have seen this movie so many times I cannot count....Love It....will be keeping this DVD for my collection.
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Chuck or Frances M. from WHEELING, WV Reviewed on 5/16/2009...
great movie, love
richard Gere, and I absolutely loved the ending....wow!
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It's an everlasting, romantic entertainment!
James Burleson | Barksdale AFB, Louisiana | 02/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Initially, my first impression of this movie was this movie was going to be boring. Then, after the first 20 minutes, my mind went into another direction. I found this movie to be interesting, and I knew there had to be some meaning to the movie. And indeed there was! Zack Mayo, (Richard Gere) is a college graduate who pursues a chance to become a naval officer by entering the Officer Candidate Training School. In 14 solid weeks, Zack progresses and learns the ability of leadership, friendship, and discipline, through his tough drill instructor, (Louis Gossett Jr, in his Oscar-winning performance), and his friends. Mood and tone are expressed intelligently through the emotions of adventure, torture, romance, and entertainment. My favorite aspect of this movie is Jack Nitzsche's unforgettable scoring. The mood and tone ties in together as the music plays, and makes the audiences feel spontaneous of what they are watching (especially with the love themes). This movie, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Lisa Blount, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert Loggia, and Lisa Eilbacher, was the winner recipient of 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor: LOUIS GOSSETT JR., and Best Original Song: "UP WHERE WE BELONG." Also nominated for 4 additional Academy Awards, including Best Actress: DEBRA WINGER, Best Original Screenplay: DOUGLAS DAY STEWART, Best Original Score: JACK NITZSCHE, Best Film editing, and nominated for a total of 8 Golden Globes, this movie unmarks the boundary between love and adventure. Richard Gere, even though nominated for a Golden Globe, should of been nominated for an Oscar. His outstanding performance brought the true nature of what it's like to be his character. This was the performance of his entire career! With a clear-cut picture, and sharp sound, this movie will never grow old in your home! I would positively recommend this movie to another."
Eagles Fly from Mountains High: A Powerful Journey
Erika Borsos | Gulf Coast of FL, USA | 05/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is a classic and viscerally honest portrayal of human conflict and personal growth. It clearly depicts working class young adults who sought to break away from past barriers and limitations and build better lives for themselves. It is a coming of age story, where a full spectrum of feelings are explored as young adults learn about fulfilling their potential, building value systems and attempting to fulfill personal desires with honesty and integrity on many levels. Two hot young stars were cast in the leading roles: Richard Gere who was riding high on his recent success in "American Gigolo" and Debra Winger who shined in her role in "Urban Cowboy". With stars of this caliber, it surprised me to learn (in the Special Features section) that doubts existed about the film's acceptance by theater audiences. In fact, the script had made the rounds of different studios for eight years, with no one daring to make the film which was essentially about training Naval pilots. The concern was it was too close to the end of the Viet Nam War and would be rejected by the public as being about war. Luckily, the film was interpreted very differently by the viewing audience who saw it in a positive light where personal survival, transformation and the expression of love were the key elements successfully played out on film.
Richard Gere stars as Zack Mayo, a hardened, slightly rebellious loner who locked up his feelings and dared not get emotionally close to people. He had been hurt as a youth when his mother committed suicide and he went to live with his dad, who was a selfish womanizer and alcoholic. When Zack announced his acceptance into Naval candidacy school to become a pilot, his father did not give him accolades or support. This was nothing new and it did not matter to Zack who pursued his dream with determination and courage. At the Port Townsend Naval Base, Zack learned discipline and made new friends. The camaraderie of being candidates and challenging themselves to acheive their goals awakened something new within him which totally transformed him. Zack excelled in physical survival skills and martial arts training. It was Gunnery Sergeant Foley's job to detect weakness of character and courage, to eliminate candidates who would not survive under the harsh conditions of war. Foley knew of Zack's streetwise rebellious tendencies and rode him hard. Foley and Zack clashed periodically and one climactic scene especially stood out ... where Foley meted out severe discipline and punishment to get Zack to ask for a "D.O.R" slip (drop out on request). Zack endured the punishment and after a particularly difficult session of physical endurance tests, Zack *finally* gut wrenchingly admitted, "I got nowhere else to go" ...
Besides the obvious story about a group of young adults who under go rigorous training to become Naval pilots, several other stories arise and are fully developed within the plot which makes this film so highly appealing. Early on, Sgt Foley warned the candidates that young ladies who work in local factories, come from across the Puget Sound, to meet Naval candidates, with one goal in mind: to marry a Navy pilot. They will stoop to any means to win their man. Zack and his friend Sid are dressed to kill in their white uniforms during a social dance where they connect with two charming and beautiful factory workers of similar age to themselves. Paula a raven-haired beauty, played by Deborah Winger is paired with Zack, while Lynette, an attractive blond is paired with Sid. The attraction between the paired off guys and ladies is mutual and in a short time, they often meet for consensual physical liasons, even going to a local motel when the candidates are on leave. While everyone agrees it is with "no strings attached", the ladies have secret agendas with hopes of marriage. Zack attempts to play the gentleman, by going to meet Paula's parents and have dinner at their home. However, he still holds back and makes no promises to Paula. Paula plays it cool, claiming to expect nothing but she *does* manage to melt his cool exterior when their physical relationship becomes more steamy and personal. The guys discuss their plans to break off the liasons after graduation. As the end of their training is near, the two candidates cool their relationships with the two ladies. Lynette pulls a trick to win Sid, that backfires in ways totally unimaginable. She refuses Sid's engagement ring which results in one of the saddest, most gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and realistic scenes ever depicted on film. This earth-shattering event shakes Zack up and makes him realize what is real and important in his life ... While the ending may arguably be interpreted by some as corny and hokey, in effect, it is very satisfying and provides an honest and fulfilling conclusion to the film. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]"
Richard Gere has arrived
C.H. | Beach Park, IL | 03/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Self centered hustler Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) enlists in an officer's training school where he quickly meets his match in Sergeant Foley (Lou Gossett, Jr.), who warns him of all the "Puget Sound debs", girls who come across the ferry every weekend to try to land (or trap) themselves a future naval aviator. But Mayo manages to shake off his selfishness and he learns to love-not only deb Paula Pokrifki (Debra Winger), but his new best friend Sid Worley (David Keith). What follows is a love story that is timeless and rewarding. A great stay at home date movie. Look for young David Caruso and Lisa Eilbacher."
GREAT DATE MOVIE
R. Penola | NYC, NY United States | 12/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An old-fashioned, well-made movie, featuring terrific performances by both austere Richard Gere and the earthy Debra Winger. Lou Gossett, Jr.'s Oscar was well-deserved; his character drips with humanity. Taylor Hackford directed this movie with a lively spirit and an involving emotional core; the love story, though predictable, is mesmerizingly so, and the music, variations on Up Where We Belong, drives home the heart of the movie in the most enjoyable way. This movie easily stands the test of time, and will deliver with repeated viewings. And that ending -- what an exhilarating rush of emotion! This is what the movies are about."
Drama and Romance
Cowboy on the Ocean | West Texas Native | 09/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Basically Gere joins the armed forces because "he's got no where else to go" and his Drill Sgt (Louis Gossett Jr) is going to make him or break him. Filled with now classic scenes and lines this is a movie that if you haven't seen you need to. Debra Winger (see Urban Cowboy) is a girl who's looking for love in all the wrong places. Will she find it in the unlikely Gere or will he just be another notch on her belt? Excellent movie."