An Officer and a Gentleman Reviews
(Full review coming soon - with better wording)
Sid Worley and Zack Mayo have become best friends in officer school in the Navy. They have a balls to the walls drill sergeant that whips them into shape. Mayo wears down first, but both men find girls and start serious relationship. As the officers mentally wear down, they build life changing bonds.
"You walk that wall!"
Taylor Hackford, director of Dolores Claiborne, Ray, The Devil's Advocate, Proof of Life, Against All Odds, and White Nights, delivers An Officer and a Gentlemen. The storyline for this movie is just average at first but comes together very well and ends epically. The cast delivers wonderfully written performances. The cast includes Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Robert Loggia, David Caruso, Lisa Ailbacher, and Louis Gossett Jr.
"What happened to your mother had nothing to do with me."
I came across this on HBOGO and decided to add it to the wish list. This was better than I anticipated. I loved how it all came together and the ultimate conclusion was gripping and well done. I enjoyed the characters more than I expected. I recommend seeing this once.
"Walk around sugar britches."
Debra Winger does an excellent job portraying the hardened love interest who is constantly battling her deep seeded "good nature" vs her desire to better herself and her situation. She is a very complex character who desperately wants to be loved, and even more desperately wants start a new life. The mix of her character with Gere's character is both volatile and magnetic.
Sid Worley plays the innocent hick love-struck puppy who falls for the more sinister, conniving friend of Winger's character who doesn't have the good soul that Winger does, and their relationship brings much pain and sadness to the film.
This is a film that I first saw as a teenager, and have seen multiple times throughout my life - and it has always held its lofty status in my eyes with each viewing. The dialogue is sharp, realistic, and downright nasty at times. There is a ton of intensity from scene to scene. And, while there are many sad, unnerving, and depressing moments in the film, there are also a lot of inspiring moments as the characters grow to the films ultimate infamous crescendo which has been parodied many, many times in the years since. I highly recommend this film if you have never seen it.
Grade = 8.5/10
PS :some scenes could have been avoid and the soundtrack is good.