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26th June 1987
1h 56m
Stanley Kubrick
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers.

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Matthew Modine Matthew Modine Pvt. Joker
Approx Filming Age ≈ 27
Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio Pvt. Pyle
Approx Filming Age ≈ 27
Adam Baldwin Adam Baldwin Animal Mother
Approx Filming Age ≈ 24
R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey Gny. Sgt. Hartman
Approx Filming Age ≈ 42
Dorian Harewood Dorian Harewood Eightball
Approx Filming Age ≈ 36
Tony Carey
Approx Filming Age ≈ 33
Michael Anthony Williams
Approx Filming Age ≈ 24
Robert E. Hartenberger
Approx Filming Age ≈ 44
John Davis
Approx Filming Age ≈ 32
Vivian Kubrick
Approx Filming Age ≈ 26
Stanley Kubrick
Approx Filming Age ≈ 58
David Palffy
Approx Filming Age ≈ 17
John Ward
Approx Filming Age ≈ 16
Arliss Howard Arliss Howard Pvt. Cowboy
Approx Filming Age ≈ 32
Bruce Boa Poge Colonel
Approx Filming Age ≈ 56
Ed O'Ross Ed O'Ross Lt. Touchdown
Approx Filming Age ≈ 40
John Terry Lt. Lockhart
Approx Filming Age ≈ 36
Tim Colceri Doorgunner
Approx Filming Age ≈ 35
Sal Lopez T.H.E. Rock
Approx Filming Age ≈ 32
Marcus D'Amico
Approx Filming Age ≈ 21
Herbert Norville
Approx Filming Age ≈ 19
Philip Bailey
Approx Filming Age ≈ 35
Steve Hudson
Approx Filming Age ≈ 17

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Graphic Violence
Racist Language
Sexual Content
Tobacco Use


Director Stanley Kubrick had nothing but praise for R. Lee Ermey's skills as a performer. Kubrick originally was going to write dialogue for Ermey's character himself, but he became so impressed with what Ermey improvised, he decided it was not necessary and allowed him to ad-lib, something practically unheard of for a Stanley Kubrick film. Ermey's performances were so faultless that Kubrick only needed two to three takes to get his scenes filmed, which was also extremely rare for a Kubrick film.

Cast Age

Estimated Ages At Time of Filming

6% 13-19
10% 20-29
13% 30-39
5% 40-49
3% 50-59
63% Unknown

Cast Genders

Who Is Most Represented

44% Female
56% Male

Good/Bad Characters

More Heroes of Villains?

100% Unknown

Character Types

What Characters Feature

2% Drill Sergeant
98% Unknown