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Vietnam on Film: Full Metal Jacket (1987) on 35mm film

Opens on November 11

Director: Stanley Kubrick Run Time: 117 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1987

Starring: Adam Baldwin, Dorian Harewood, Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio

Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: English, Vietnamese

Vietnam on Film: 50 Years Later

A collection of films presenting the war’s origins and lasting impact. Presented by Gateway Film Center in partnership with the National Veterans Museum, the National Veterans Film Festival, and the Ohio History Connection.

About the film:

Director Stanley Kubrick rips the skin from the face of war to expose the dehumanizing effect of the military on the people fed to its emotional meat grinder in Full Metal Jacket (1987). Through the eyes of an 18-year-old recruit—from his first days in the seeming hell of Marine Corps boot camp as his superiors try to strip of him his individuality and re-create him as a Marine, to the hell of the 1968 Tet offensive—Kubrick reveals the damage done to the collective human soul by the inhumanity of war.

Based on the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, the film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Kubrick, Hasford, and Michael Herr.

About the filmmaker:

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, frequently cited as one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history. With his strict control over details and penchant for working from books, he crafted masterpieces in radically different genres, including Spartacus (1960), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), The Shining (1980), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999). 

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