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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)


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Having spent much of his directorial career emulating Don Siegel and John Ford, Clint Eastwood borrows a page from the catalogue of Sam Fuller in Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood casts himself as an old-fashioned Marine Corps sergeant who is out of step with the new-fashioned military. He returns to his old outfit as a gunnery sergeant, where he runs afoul of 1980s-style superior officers to whom the words "Gung Ho" are foolish anachronisms. But through his tough tutelage, Eastwood's lackadaisical


Drama, Action & Adventure

Oct 1, 2002

Warner Home Video

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Set during the Grenada War, Clint Eastwood's war movie is a formulaic, old-fashioned actioner wearing its ideology on its sleeves.

June 4, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

You may not always like Eastwood's films, but you seldom get downright bored by them.

June 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

For a war film, Heartbreak Ridge is oddly lighter in spirit than many of Eastwood's other films from this period.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Clint Eastwood is at his macho, insubordinate best in this exuberant, salty military movie with more memorable lines and funny moments than most comedies.

October 15, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Eastwood's clearly having a ball as a gravel-throated solider man.

July 26, 2002

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Maybe because it's dated now, but I didn't think it was Eastwood's best performance.
October 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

Being a lifelong Eastwood fan, I re-visited Heartbreak Ridge after reading that it was produced after Louis Gossett Jr. won an Oscar for An Officer and a Gentleman. In my opinion, Eastwood was at least equal to Gossett's performance, but Heartbreak Ridge garnered no Oscar attention. I wish Eastwood had made more movies like this one, something like John Wayne in Sands of Iwo Jima as a role model. Like "Iwo Jima," this is a sort-of basic training to battlefield story but with more of a back story to its protagonist. Its not a political film nor a comedy, although there many comedic moments. Mario Van Peebles adds several of them, and his pairing with Eastwood, while odd at first, works well in an opposites though strangely alike sort of way.

The love story subplot is awkward, more humorous than poignant. This is Clint Eastwood, at his gravel-voiced toughest, getting relationship advice from women's magazines. I enjoyed Marsha Mason as Aggie, Gunny Highway's ex-wife and new flame. (Figure that out) Eastwood also displays his soft hearted side with compassion toward one of his troops with family issues.

So, Gunny Highway , trying to re-claim his lost youth and saddled with military politics and ego cashes, succeeds in making "life takers and heart breakers" out of a bunch of cast-off misfits and reclaims American military superiority. Is Heartbreak Ridge clichéd? Absolutely, yes. Does that matter? No, it works great as an action/war movie and maybe even better as a hilarious commentary on the generation gap. Still looking for a reason to watch: I just like hearing the word "clusterfuck" as well.
November 18, 2011
Clintus M.
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Almost like the counterpart to A Few Good Men for some reason. This showcases the hard as nails Clint Eastwood as a drill sergeant who will do anything to whip his platoon into shape. He goes out of his way to trick and create schemes in order to hurt/help his men, making for a really classic bit of Clint. I think it's interesting to have a movie that's not really in the war genre, but not solely about training. It's more of a multi-layered drama that doesn't get enough credit. People either get bored with the lack of killing or lack of stereotypical Clint Eastwood catch phrases, but given the chance, it's a really cool movie.
June 4, 2011

Super Reviewer

I don't give a damn about predictability when I'm having this much fun with the always badass and gravely voiced Clint kicking asses and throwing in all possible profanities.
May 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. "Swede" Johnson: I'm gonna rip off your head and shit down your neck.
    – Submitted by Michael M (19 months ago)
    1. Deputy: You're gonna pay full price Rummy. I don't give any serviceman's discount.
    2. Tom Highway: Too bad, your old lady does.
    – Submitted by russell b (21 months ago)
    1. Tom Highway: Why don't you just sit there and bleed a while before you taste some real pain.
    – Submitted by russell b (21 months ago)
    1. Tom Highway: You're dead marine! You just got your legs blown off, and we have to send a search party out for your testicles.
    – Submitted by russell b (22 months ago)
    1. Tom Highway: Does his mamma know he's playing marine?
    – Submitted by russell b (22 months ago)
    1. Tom Highway: It's my will against yours, and you will lose.
    – Submitted by russell b (22 months ago)
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