Full Metal Jacket

  • 18
  • Stanley Kubrick (1987)
  • UK
  • 111 min
Full Metal Jacket
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Stanley Kubrick's penultimate film is a harrowing, foul-mouthed and violent Vietnam War drama. But, unlike the rainforest horrors of Apocalypse Now or Platoon, Kubrick's film begins with a long training camp sequence in America before moving to a bombed-out Vietnamese city. While its message is simple - innocent young Americans are taught to be machine-like killers - its technique is extraordinary. Because Kubrick refused to travel any distance, it was shot entirely in Britain, with palm trees uprooted from Spain and Matthew Modine and a cast of relative unknowns uprooted from Hollywood. Renting a disused gasworks in Beckton, east London, Kubrick created a huge and spectacular outdoor set, though some sequences, it must be said, lack tropical realism. The performances are superb, especially Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant with a colourful vocabulary, Vincent D'Onofrio as the pathetic Private Pyle and Modine as the cynical recruit called Joker.

Plot Summary

War drama starring Matthew Modine and Adam Baldwin. After a gruelling eight weeks of extensive training and military induction under the sadistic rule of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, a disparate group of US Marines faces real combat in Vietnam.

Cast and crew


Private Joker
Matthew Modine
Animal Mother
Adam Baldwin
Leonard Lawrence, Private Gomer Pyle
Vincent D'Onofrio
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
R Lee Ermey
Dorian Harewood
Private Cowboy
Arliss Howard
Kevyn Major Howard
Walter J Schinoski, Lieutenant Touchdown
Ed O'Ross
Lieutenant Lockhart
John Terry
Crazy Earl
Keiron Jecchinis
Kirk Taylor
Tim Colceri


Stanley Kubrick

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18