1980s Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Published on June 7th, 2007 | by Chris

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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)


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And then there was... Grenada? Lost in the midst of "the big ones" was this tiny little intervention in the early 1980's. 1986's Heartbreak Ridge ends up focusing on that particular conflict in the end, but takes us through one platoon's journey from slackerdom to full-out Marines.

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)And then there was... Grenada?  Lost in the midst of "the big ones" was this tiny little intervention in the early 1980's.  1986's Heartbreak Ridge ends up focusing on that particular conflict in the end, but takes us through one platoon's journey from slackerdom to full-out Marines.

Seasoned veteran of Korea and Vietnam, Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) returns to his old stomping ground as an instructor.  He visits a lot of ghosts from his past, including his old love interest, Aggie (Marsha Mason) and the fellow Marine he saved in Vietnam.  The stereotypical gung-ho supply officer turned base commander, Major Powers (Everett McGill) is there, along with the also stereotypical "college boy" Lieutenant.

On his way back to base, he meets up with a "punk" named "Stitch" Jones (Mario Van Peebles), who strands him at a bus stop/diner.  When he arrives on base, and finally meets his squadron of misfits, Stitch is there, leading the mission of mediocrity.

Gunny Highway proceeds to whip this group of misfits back into shape "old school" style, and in the process one-ups the base commander and his pet squadron.  He also makes amends with Aggie along the way.

But, as things go, they're called up to rescue a group of students from the island of Grenada, and their fighting skills are put to the test.  Of course they pass with flying colors, much to the dismay of Major Powers....

There are a lot of funny moments in this movie, especially during Recon platoons' training.  And unfortunately there are a few less-than-stellar musical moments with Stitch, which are nearly painful to watch and date this movie badly.

Sure its full of cliches, and typical 80's Rambo/A-Team style combat (the front-loader scene being a prime example) but overall its a great piece.  You also get some of the more memorable war movie quotes, like the entire "AK-47 assault rifle" bit...

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A Marine Corps drill sergeant starts his last tour of duty before mandatory retirement and leads his men into Grenada.Genre: Feature Film-DramaRating: RRelease Date: 27-SEP-2005Media Type: DVD

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Brand: EASTWOOD,CLINT
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
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Actors:
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Marsha Mason
  • Everett McGill
  • Moses Gunn
  • Eileen Heckart

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will say that this movie is awesome!!, November 15, 2016
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As a career American Soldier, I will say that this movie is awesome!!! From the Blue Falcons to the supply officer turned instant military genius with a giant chip on his shoulder... One of my favorite down to earth, old school military movies. Clint Eastwood as Gunny Highway was simply masterful. After watching it inumerable times, I just had to own it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good simple Eastwood movie, February 21, 2013
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While not historically accurate (Clint Eastwood never lets history ruin a good story), this is a good little movie. Solid performances by Clint Eastwood, Moses Gunn, Arlen D Foster, Marsha Mason, Eileen Heckart and Mario Van Peebles make the movie a success. The guy who plays Col Meyers does a great job too.

Background: While originally an army battle in Korea, Clint changed it to a movie about US Marines. As I understand it, the Army would not cooperate in making the movie, they wanted to use it as a recruitment tool. He gives credit to the Army for the battle when discussing the photographs on the wall in the bar, but he was forced to make it a USMC movie due to the Army's lack of cooperation in making it. He explains it as having to re-up in the Marines to make this movie work.

It's just a small time, fun little movie with classic Eastwood lines like "Just because we're holding hands, doesn't mean we'll be taking warm showers together until the wee hours... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreak Ridge - Gunny Highway(Clint Eastwood) in reverse?, March 25, 2017
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I'm afraid to leave a bad review because Gunny Highway might come and kick my ass! I couldn't and wouldn't leave a bad review because it's a great kick-zzz movie in the usual Clint Eastwood tradition. Decent cast and a good movie. There is some cheesy acting in it from other actors but hey, we were all young once. If you are ex-military you are bound to love this and if you are a couch potato command then you too will likely enjoy it as well. SJW (social justice warrior) might want to avoid because it is bound to pretty much offend them in every way possible.
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