An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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Critic Consensus: Old-fashioned without sacrificing its characters to simplicity, An Officer and a Gentleman successfully walks the fine line between sweeping romance and melodrama.


Movie Info

Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Mayo --or "Mayonnaise," as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley -- is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart. Foley rides Mayo mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Douglas Day Stewart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 12, 2000
Runtime:
Paramount Pictures

Cast


as Zack Mayo

as Paula Pokrifki

as Byron Mayo

as Sgt. Emil Foley

as Lynette Pomeroy

as Casey Seeger

as Emiliano Della Serra

as Perryman

as Topper Daniels

as Joe Pokrifki

as Esther Pokrifki

as Young Zack

as Nellie Rufferwell

as Thraxton

as Tom Worley

as Betty Worley

as Drill Instructor

as Drill Instructor

as Dilbert Dunker Instr...

as Altitude Instructor

as New Recruit

as Capt. Graves

as Altitude Chamber Ins...

as Aerodynamics Instruc...

as Air Officer Candidat...

as Paula's Sister

as Paula's Sister

as Marvin Goatcher

as Troy's Friend

as Man in Crowd

as Bartender

as Prostitute

as Prostitute

as Officer of the Day

as Sid Worley
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Critic Reviews for An Officer and a Gentleman

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Taylor Hackford's 1982 film is an awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay that doesn't waste a single character or situation.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Macho, materialistic, and pro-militarist, it's an objectionable little number made all the more insidious by the way Hackford pulls the strings and turns it into a heart-chilling weepie.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. Maybe that's because it's not about "love" as a Hollywood concept, but about love as growth, as learning to accept other people for who and what they are.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A conventional but hugely compelling drama.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman is a good drama that relies on a predictable story, but manages to be entertaining due to the performances of its cast. I thought that the film was a bit overrated, but nonetheless it's worth seeing, if you're looking for an engaging drama, this is a film worth seeing. I really felt that the actors salvaged the film due to the fact that this is a film that we know exactly how it will conclude. The chemistry between Richard Gere and Debra Winger is wonderful, and it's what keeps you involved in the film. In terms of Romance films, I guess this is one of the better ones, compared to those of today, which are peppered with clichés and highly forgettable. Where An Officer and a Gentleman differs is that the romance is set within a well constructed story. Like I said, the actors salvage this one, as some may find it a little dull. For me, I felt it was a good film, but one that doesn't necessarily warrant multiple viewings. Even with the fact that it's a bit predictable, An Officer and a Gentleman is far better than many other genre films. The cast is good, the plot is well thought out, and the direction is well done and keeps you engaged from start to finish. So if you want a romantic drama film that is a bit predictable, yet better filmed than many of today's films, this is your best bet. The film is far from perfect, but it does manage to deliver an engaging plot, mixed with effective performances to make it a film worth seeing.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

What a wonderful and honest film with splendid performances from the entire cast, especially Louis Gossett Jr., who is fantastic and deserved the Oscar he won. And it grows so much in us along two hours that we end up embracing its clichés without the slightest reservation.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

An Officer and a Gentleman is probably most famous for its ending scene with the song 'Up Where We Belong' playing and Richard Gere in his immaculate white suit. It's probably the best bit. It's somewhere between Full Metal Jacket and Heartbreak Ridge but with a romantic storyline. It's much cheesier than I thought it would be but as long as you ignore David Keith's horrible performance you will enjoy, Louis Gossett Jr's performance should more than make up for it.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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