Full Metal Jacket

Cast: Matthew Modine . . .Pvt. Joker
Adam Baldwin . . .Animal Mother
Vincent D'Onofrio . . .Pvt. Pyle/Leonard Lawrence
R. Lee Ermey . . .Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Drama/War

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in basic training under the command of the punishing Sgt. Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.

Summary written by Scott Renshaw {as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu}

Full Metal Jacket begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits focusing on the relationship between Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker. We see Pyle grow into an instrument of death as Hartman has forseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle's torment and Joker's unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction. The second chapter of Full Metal Jacket delves into Joker's psyche and the repeated referal to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondant is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must choose if he really is a killer.

Summary written by FMJ_Joker

Movie Clip (Caution: Graphic violence included.)


Screen Caps

New York Times - Review

New York Times - "The Trauma of Being a Kubrick Marine"

Premiere - August 1999

"Full Metal Diary" by Matthew Modine
~ excerpts from the book