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An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman DVD cover
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Produced by Martin Elfand
Douglas Day Stewart
Written by Douglas Day Stewart
Starring Richard Gere
Debra Winger
Louis Gossett, Jr.
David Keith
Robert Loggia
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Editing by Peter Zinner
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 28, 1982
Running time 122 min.
Country United States
Language English
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An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film which tells the story of a United States Navy aviation Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him. The original music score was composed by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Image File history File links AnOfficerandaGentleman. ... Taylor Hackford (born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film director. ... Douglas Day Stewart is an American screenwriter. ... Douglas Day Stewart is an American screenwriter. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Image:DebraWinger. ... Louis Gossett Jr. ... David Keith (born May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actor and director. ... Robert Loggia (b. ... Bernard Alfred (Jack) Nitzsche (Chicago, April 22, 1937 – Hollywood, August 25, 2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ... {{ USN redirects here. ... USN Officer Candidate insignia Officer Candidate is a rank in some militaries of the world that is an appointed position while a person is in training to become an officer. ... The UKs Royal Marines in a Rigid Raider assault watercraft A marine corps (from French corps de marine) is a branch of a nations armed forces incorporating Marines, intended to be capable of mounting amphibious assaults using infantry, armour, aircraft, and watercraft. ... Gunnery Sergeant insignia (U.S. Marine Corps) Gunnery Sergeant is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Marine Corps, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant and First Sergeant, and is a staff non-commissioned officer. ... Bernard Alfred (Jack) Nitzsche (Chicago, April 22, 1937 – Hollywood, August 25, 2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. ...


The film was written by Douglas Day Stewart and directed by Taylor Hackford. It starred Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett, Jr.. Douglas Day Stewart is an American screenwriter. ... Taylor Hackford (born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film director. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Image:DebraWinger. ... Louis Gossett Jr. ...

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Plot summary

The film begins with Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) receiving his "graduation present" from his father Byron (Robert Loggia), a brash, womanizing career U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate formerly stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. Mayo moved in with his father there in early adolescence when his mother committed suicide. Aloof and taciturn with repressed anger at his mother's suicide and his father's inability to properly parent him, Mayo surprises his father when he announces his aspiration to be a Navy pilot. Robert Loggia (b. ... The bosun of a civilian sail-training ship. ... Subic Bay is a bay on the west coast of the island of Luzon in the Philippines, about 100km northwest of Manila Bay. ...


Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett, Jr.). Mayo — or "Mayonnaise" as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley — is an excellent officer candidate, but not a team player. Foley rides Mayo mercilessly, sensing the young man would be prime officer material if he were not so self-involved. Zack becomes friends with fellow trainee Sid Worley (David Keith), from the "good side of the tracks". Mayonnaise made in a food processor with an assortment of standard ingredients Mayonnaise is a thick sauce made primarily from vegetable oil and egg yolks. ... David Keith (born May 8, 1954 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American actor and director. ...


Zack and Sid meet two factory workers, Paula Pokrifki (Debra Winger) and Lynette Pomeroy (Lisa Blount), who bed the cocky officer candidates, and secretly want to escape their drab, blue-collar lives and become "aviator" wives. Zack's affair with Paula is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself. Lisa Blount is an American actress that started working in show business with her debut in Sams Song (1969). ...


When Mayo is caught cheating by Foley, the instructor makes life unendurable for the trainee in order to get him to resign from the program. But Mayo refuses to give in; he finally breaks down and admits that "I got nowhere else to go! I got nowhere else to g... I got nothin' else." Satisfied that he has finally learned what Mayo is made of, Foley lets up on him. Mayo begins to mature and mend his ways.


Later, Mayo's best friend Sid commits suicide over his unhappy romance with Lynette. Mayo unreasonably blames Foley and there is an unofficial no-holds-barred martial arts bout between them; Foley wins.


Mayo graduates with the rest of his class. Following the tradition of the newly-commissioned U.S. Naval officers, he seeks out and receives his first salute from Foley in exchange for a US silver dollar coin. Mayo then thanks to Foley, saying he'll never forget him, whereupon Foley tells him to just go. The iconic final scene of the film, the new Ensign Mayo goes to the factory where Paula works, picks her up and walks out holding her in his arms. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Dollar coins have been minted in the United States in gold, silver, and base metal versions. ... Ensign is a junior rank of commissioned officer in the militaries of some countries, normally in the infantry or navy. ...


Cast

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Awards

Academy Awards

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Up Where We Belong is a song from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. ... Bernard Alfred (Jack) Nitzsche (Chicago, April 22, 1937 – Hollywood, August 25, 2000) was an integral presence in the history of popular music in the 20th century. ... 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie Buffy Sainte-Marie (born February 20, 1941) is a Canadian First Nations musician, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist. ... Will Jennings (born 1944 in Kilgore, Texas) is a prolific and highly successful American songwriter. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

Academy Award nominations

The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...

Reception

The movie grossed close to $130 million at the box-office in the United States in 1982. It also received rave reviews from critics, most notably from Roger Ebert who gave it four stars. Ebert described the An Officer and A Gentleman as "a wonderful movie precisely because it's so willing to deal with matters of the heart". Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Production

Versions

Two versions of the movie exist. The original, uncensored R-rated cut and a PG-13 cut are nearly identical. The main difference is that a majority of the foul language is edited out in the PG-13 version; the group marching song near the beginning of the movie, and Mayo's solo marching song are altered (this was not done as voiceover edits; they were reshot). Also, the sex scene between Mayo and Paula is cut in half, and the scene where Mayo finds Sid's body is also edited.


Locations

It was shot mostly on location at Port Townsend, Washington since the U.S. Navy would not permit the motion picture to be filmed at its base in Pensacola, Florida (the traditional site of the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School).[citation needed] A real motel located in Port Townsend was used for the film. Today, there is a plaque outside the room commemorating this. Port Townsend is a city located in Jefferson County, Washington. ... Nickname: Location of Pensacola, Florida (top left) Coordinates: Country United States State Florida County Escambia Government  - Mayor John Fogg Area  - City 39. ...


Trivia

  • Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of the movie where his character arrives at his lover's factory wearing his naval dress whites and carries her off from the factory floor. Gere thought the ending wouldn't work because it was too sentimental and Director Taylor Hackford was inclined to agree with Gere until during a rehearsal the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later with the music underneath it at the right tempo, he said it sent chills up the back of his neck. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision.[1]
  • Director Taylor Hackford kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors during "An Officer and a Gentleman" so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor.[1]

Taylor Hackford (born December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American film director. ...

Cultural references

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See also

Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman is an offense subject to court martial defined in the punitive code of the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). ...

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