Heartbreak Ridge (1986) from Tuna
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) is a Clint Eastwood film about
a Marine gunnery sergeant near mandatory retirement age. After
punching out an officer, he is transferred to a logistics job in lieu
of the recon platoon he
has been leading. Peace and quiet doesn't sit well with
him, and he ends up drunk, fighting, and in jail most of the time.
Through some of his many connections, he finally gets reassigned to
the recon patrol, and his ex-wife lives in the town nearest the base.
|The platoon he inherits was run by someone waiting
for retirement, who let them become lazy. Gunny Highway resolves to
turn them into Marines. There are obstacles, however, most notably the
commanding officer, who is from the supply corps, and thinks the
proper occupation for combat soldiers is filling out paperwork.
Gunny's unit is ordered to Grenada, and his troops prove themselves.
It is during the student rescue
that student Rebecca Perle steps out of the shower topless, and
is surprised by a Marine.
I enjoy the film very much, as a character study of
the career Marine near retirement, who is increasingly out of place in
the new military, and realizes that he will be leaving the Corps, for
which he sacrificed everything, and will need to adapt and build a new
life. IMDB calls it an action comedy, and it has plenty of both, but
it is also something of a character driven drama. At any rate, it is
populated by interesting characters, and moves at a brisk pace.
- with their dollars: a modest hit, it grossed $42
million in the USA
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, Heartbreak
Ridge is a B-.
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