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An Officer and a Gentleman

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1982
  • Taylor Hackford
  • 119 mins
  • 15

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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 man in 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.

Credits

Cast

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Zack MayoRichard Gere
Paula PokrifkiDebra Winger
Sid WorleyDavid Keith
Byron MayoRobert Loggia
Lynette PomeroyLisa Blount
Casey SeegerLisa Eilbacher
Sergeant Emil FoleyLouis Gossett Jr
Emiliano Della SerraTony Plana
PerrymanHarold Sylvester
Topper DanielsDavid Caruso
Joe PokrifkiVictor French
Esther PokrifkiGrace Zabriskie
Young ZackTommy Petersen
BunnyMara Scott Wood

Crew

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DirectorTaylor Hackford

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
1983-02-11
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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