Heartbreak Ridge

1986

Heartbreak Ridge

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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 platoon is whipped into a first-rate fighting machine, favoring teamwork over such New Age gobbledygook as "self-fulfillment." Eastwood's men prove their mettle during the invasion of Grenada. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Sgt. Thomas Highway
Everett McGill
as Maj. Powers
Moses Gunn
as Sgt. Webster
Eileen Heckart
as Little Mary
Bo Svenson
as Roy Jennings
Boyd Gaines
as Lt. Ring
Tom Villard
as Profile
Mike Gomez
as Quinones
Rodney Hill
as Collins
Pete Koch
as "Swede" Johnson
Peter Koch
as `Swede' Johanson
Richard Venture
as Colonel Meyers
Peter Jason
as Major Devin
J.C. Quinn
as Quartermaster Sgt.
Begonia Plaza
as Mrs. Aponte
Nicholas Worth
as Jail Binger
Dutch Mann
as Bar Tough Guy
Darwyn Swalve
as Bar Tough Guy
Rebecca Perle
as Student in Shower
Annie O'Donnell
as Telephone Operator
Michael Maurer
as Bouncer in Bar
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Critic Reviews for Heartbreak Ridge

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

  • Heartbreak Ridge offers another vintage Clint Eastwood performance.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film belongs to Eastwood. Now looking increasingly like an Easter Island statue, he has a voice pickled in bourbon, a tongue like razor wire, and a body so full of shrapnel that he can't walk through airport metal detectors.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • As the gritty, raspy-voiced sergeant, Mr. Eastwood's performance is one of the richest he's ever given.

    May 20, 2003
  • A few Cubans with AK47s isn't exactly "The Guns of Navarone." At the end, you can't decide whether Eastwood and his platoon should get medals or merit badges.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • To tell the truth, the Grenada Incursion looks even sillier on film than it did in the headlines. War is not hell, it's big box office.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • We have seen this story in a hundred other movies ... But Eastwood, as the producer, director and star, caresses the material as if he didn't know B movies have gone out of style.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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