An Officer and a Gentleman

  • 15
  • Taylor Hackford (1982)
  • US
  • 119 min
An Officer and a Gentleman
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Hugely popular in its day and appealing to the incurable romantic in all of us, this is a highly manipulative mixture of "boot camp is good for you" and "every girl loves a uniform". More sophisticated thoughts on human relationships form no part of Taylor Hackford's glossy hymn to overcoming a trailer-park background. Richard Gere looks a treat in his pristine white togs, and gives a performance more wooden than a wardrobe, but who cares! Not even the combined talents of Debra Winger and an Oscar-winning Louis Gossett Jr can turn this one into a great movie, but if you're in the mood for a wallow, it's perfect.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Zack Mayo, a determined loner, aims to rise above his past and become a US Navy pilot. First he must survive 13 weeks of gruelling physical and psychological officer training under the remorseless gaze of tough sergeant Emil Foley. But as his training becomes more intense, Zack becomes distracted by local factory worker Paula Pokrifki.

Cast and crew


Zack Mayo
Richard Gere
Paula Pokrifki
Debra Winger
Sid Worley
David Keith
Byron Mayo
Robert Loggia
Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Blount
Casey Seeger
Lisa Eilbacher
Sergeant Emil Foley
Louis Gossett Jr
Emiliano Della Serra
Tony Plana
Harold Sylvester
Topper Daniels
David Caruso
Joe Pokrifki
Victor French
Esther Pokrifki
Grace Zabriskie
Young Zack
Tommy Petersen
Mara Scott Wood


Taylor Hackford

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Park Circus
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Paramount Home Entertainment