If you are a movie buff, especially a war movie buff, you will probably remember the iconic war film, Full Metal Jacket. If this is one of your favorite movies, then this quiz is for you. Let's find out how much you remember about the movie.
Full Metal Jacket, released in the summer of 1987, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starred Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Adam Baldwin. The film was released to critical acclaim and continues to garner mostly rave reviews from viewers even though the film's $30 million budget only parlayed into just over $45 million at the box office (in North America along with an Academy Award nomination).
Full Metal Jacket is based on the book, The Short Timers, a semi-autobiographical novel by Gustav Hasford, and was based on his time as a Marine Corps combat correspondent during the Vietnam War. Like many novels that have been adapted for the big screen, readers will recognize that some parts of the novel have been changed and/or omitted for film. But, whether you read the book, then saw the movie, or saw the movie, then read the book, most people agree that both the book and the movie are worth exploring.
Let's find out how much you remember about the movie, Full Metal Jacket.
"Full Metal Jacket" is a gut-wrenching film that takes place during the Vietnam War. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, of "A Clockwork Orange" fame.
The film begins as we follow the hardcore training regimen of a group of new U.S. Marines. Per standard protocol, they have their heads shaved, and then the yelling begins.
In this 1987 film, it is Matthew Modine who plays the private at the center of the action. His name is James Davis.
James scoffs behind Hartman's back ... but Hartman knows. He takes to calling James the "Joker."
Hartman has a particular disdain for Lawrence, whom he dubs "Gomer Pyle," because's overweight and a bit mentally slow. He practically brutalizes poor Leonard.
The very religious Hartman repeatedly asks James if he believes in the Virgin Mary. James is an atheist and refuses to kowtow to his commanding officer's beliefs.
Hartman is impressed with James' convictions and willingness to stand up for his beliefs. He makes James a squad leader.
James gets the honor of squad leader. Hartman immediately instructs him to whip the overweight Pyle into shape. It's a nearly impossible task, and Hartman knows it.
Hartman finds a jelly doughnut in Pyle's foot locker. Infuriated, he decides to make everyone pay the price for this violation of the rules.
The other men are incensed that they are paying the price for Pyle's stupidity. They attack him and beat him. Even Joker (reluctantly) joins in the horrific attack.
Pyle responds by becoming one of the best Marines in the squad. But there's a serious downside. He is mentally broken, and he's slowly losing his mind.
Pyle begins talking to his rifle. Joker is no psychologist, but he can see that Pyle is going insane and that no one is going to step in and help the poor soldier.
Joker gets off relatively easy -- he's given a journalism speciality. The other men? They get stuck in the infantry, meaning there's a good chance they'll see combat overseas.
Hartman confronts Pyle about having a loaded rifle in the middle of the night. Pyle recites military codes and then shoots and kills Hartman. Then, Pyle kills himself.
The movie jumps forward to January 1968. Joker is now in Vietnam, and the North Vietnamese are making a push towards the Americans and their allies.
Insanity is just part of Vietnam. The chopper's door gunner goes nuts, shooting innocent civilians on the ground. Joker doesn't even know how to absorb the awful incident.
The higher ups always want more fuel for propaganda. They order Rasterman and Joker to investigates an alleged North Vietnamese massacre. They wind up witnessing a mass grave filled with bodies.
Joker has the phrase "Born to Kill" on his helmet. When a soldier asks him how he can wear a peace symbol while also advertising that violent phrase, he mutters something about the duality of humankind.
Cowboy's unit is bound for battle. And this time, Joker is going with them.
With Lt. Touchdown dead, it's up to Crazy Earl to step up and lead the men of Lusthog. But his time as commanding officer doesn't last long.
Crazy Earl picks up an abandoned toy bunny. Unfortunately, the bunny is a booby trap, and once Earl grabs it, it explodes and kills him.
Cowboy wants nothing to do with leading men into battle. But thanks to attrition and death, he's now the man in charge, whether he likes it or not.
The men are blasted by an unseen sniper. Cowboy tells the men to withdraw, but one machine gunner, angered by all of the death, charges forward instead.
The situation is perilous and the sniper is safe in a hideout, and as the Americans bicker, he shoots Cowboy. The Texan dies in Joker's arms.
After all of the chaos, the deadly sniper turns out to be a young girl. She's been mortally wounded by American troops.
The girl wants the troops to kill her. She knows she's dying and wants to be put out of her misery.
The young woman is suffering and Joker knows her time has come. He draws his side arm and kills her.
The other soldiers sarcastically congratulate Joker on his first war kill. Joker seems traumatized by this ugly turn of events.
Emery was in a severe car wreck and suffered numerous broken bones. Filming was delayed for months while he healed.
Joker recognizes the awfulness that he's experienced. But even still, he's just happy to somehow still be alive.