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Jarhead (2005)



Critic Consensus: This first person account of the first Gulf War scores with its performances and cinematography but lacks an emotional thrust.

Movie Info

"Jarhead" (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff, a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound rucksack on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully fathom.more
Rating: R (for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Broyles, William Broyles Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2006
Box Office: $62.6M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Anthony Swofford
Peter Sarsgaard
as Allen Troy
Lucas Black
as Chris Kruge
Chris Cooper
as Lt. Col. Kazinski
Jamie Foxx
as Staff Sgt. Sykes
Dennis Haysbert
as Maj. Lincoln
Laz Alonso
as Escobar
Evan Jones
as Fowler
Ming Lo
as Bored Gunny
Kevin Foster
as Branded Marine
Scott Macdonald
as D.I. Fitch
James Morrison
as Mr. Swofford
Craig Coyne
as Young Mr. Swofford
Rini Bell
as Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Allyn Taylor
as Mrs. Swofford
Brianne Davis
as Kristina
Arman Zajic
as Boy Swoff
Brian Casey
as Paintball Marine
Ernest Ozuna
as Sergeant Major
Jocko Sims
as Julius
Jonathon R. Mize
as STA Graudate
Joel Prato
as STA Graudate
Peter Gail
as Doc John
Donna Kimball
as Reporter
Mark Davis
as Dettman's Neighbor
John Krasinski
as Corporal Harrigan
Mike Akrawi
as Bedouin
Jubin K.
as Bedouin
Hari Bali
as Bedouin
Kurt Larson
as Arguing Corporal
Ammar Daraiesh
as Iraqi Officer
V.J. Foster
as Vietnam Vet
Craig Coyne
as Young Mr. Swofford
Al Faris
as Iraqi Officer
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Critic Reviews for Jarhead

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (46)

The film's strong suit is vagueness, presenting combat as a semi-surreal state of ignorant expectation and dislocated experience: these warriors loll in the desert awaiting action or trying to make sense of its consequences.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Slick military faux-criticism

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

For some it's an anti-war message, for others it's just a non-biased portrait of a man who never went to war despite being in the military during war time.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Sporadically entertaining, and ultimately pointless -- although that seems to be its agenda right from the start.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

As a depressive riff on Generation X's first war...it's exceptionally well-crafted.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

What little statement the film makes revolves around the absurdity of these men, trained to shoot with ultimate precision, and never given the chance to fire off a round.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Jarhead

Entirely predictable first-person account of a marine's experiences around Desert Storm. Ambivalent and unengaging.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Upon first viewing, 'Jarhead' is no more than a portrait of the psychological challenges of a boring war. Yet, after the credits role, this film settles into your stomach and mind and doesn't leave. Sam Mendes creates a beautifully terrifying atmosphere with amazing cinematography and a strong cast of actors, with Gyllenhaal, Foxx, and Sarsgaard showing true talent. This film is not a trigger-happy gun show, but instead a poignant portrayal of soldiers battling themselves instead of the enemy. It's refreshing to see a great filmmaker give a unique turn on the modern 'war' genre.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

i almost gor drafted last year so this is like a horror movie

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

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