Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

Stanley Kubrick (1987)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Raw recruits undergo harsh training under a domineering Marine drill sergeant after being called up for service in the Vietnam War, but his brutal methods lead to the breakdown of one of his cadets. Eventually, some of the fully trained soldiers get their first taste of combat in 1968. Stanley Kubrick's drama, starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio and R Lee Ermey.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray