Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Highway quickly takes charge and starts the men on a rigorous training program. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Eastwood approached the , which expressed some reservations about some parts of the film, but provided support. Among his new charges, Highway finds Corporal Jones. The sequence involving the bulldozer is based on a real event during the invasion of Grenada involving Army General , former commander of. From to to Clint Eastwood's entertaining action drama Heartbreak Ridge, the empty-foxhole syndrome makes for non-endings.
Highway's ex-wife, Aggie, is working as a waitress in a local bar and dating the owner, Roy. There are enough mumbled half-liners in this contemporary war pic to satisfy those die-hards eager to see just how he portrays the consummate marine veteran. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military.
Highway repeatedly clashes with Powers and Staff Sergeant Webster over his unorthodox training methods such as firing an over his men's heads to familiarize them with the weapon's distinctive sound. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The film was the 1000th to be released in. The title comes from the in the where Eastwood's character earned the. The battalion only seems to support two platoons, for example, and its base seems limited to a few Quonset huts. It's easy to spot Eastwood, the director, as he cuts corners. Highway is assigned to train a group of undisciplined recruits including Cpl.
Even the climactic battle scenes are budget-basement: Highway leads his men into action on Grenada where they liberate some medical students. Some people may be offended by the scatological and ancestral generalities in Highway's speech, but I was mostly amused by his flights of verbal invention. Isn't that the trouble with combat movies these days? But Eastwood, as the producer, director and star, caresses the material as if he didn't know B movies have gone out of style. On his last posting before retirement, he is surrounded by officers with no combat experience who view him as an odd, even dangerous, holdover. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. Now he has to face what may be the greatest challenge yet: he must reorganize his life and work to understand the beautiful woman whom he loves. Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film.
Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Aggie is there to welcome him back, and the two of them walk off together. We can almost predict her dialogue - Highway was always more married to the corps than he was to her. Instead, the movie is more of a tour through Highway's memories, a last hurrah for a combat veteran who won the Medal of Honor when he was a kid and has been trying to lose it ever since. There is a certain raw energy in filmmaking at this pace, however; the actors swagger through their roles instead of chewing them, and there is never more subtlety than the plot can support. After fighting honorably in the Korean and Vietnam wars, Highway is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. To Highway's mock dismay, Stitch Jones informs him that he is going to re-enlist and make a career in the Marine Corps, while Highway confides to Jones he is taking mandatory retirement.
He has starred in all but one of his films, and who knows Eastwood better? Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway is a career Marine and combat veteran. Weekend results for December 5—7, 1986. The scene in which Lieutenant Ring must resort to using a credit card in order to communicate with his commanders was also based on real-life events involving Army paratroopers. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. They begin to shape up and develop. Even on a relatively small budget, the technical advice was poor. Initially, Aggie is bitter over their failed marriage, but tentatively reconciles with Highway.
Eastwood hands his cigar to a bystander, creams the bully and reaches for his cigar again just as Dirty Harry finishes eating his hot dog after the opening shootout. While advancing inland, they come under heavy fire. He plays Tom Highway nicknamed Gunney , a hard-drinking loser who has sacrificed everything - wife, family, friends, reputation - on the altar of the Marine Corps. The edition of the film was released on in the United States on June 1, 2010. .
The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. And, as he proves in one brutal scene in which he stands his ground and simply out-talks an opponent, his words are as hard as his fists. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. After a last-minute briefing in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship , Highway's platoon mounts their , and are dropped by into the water in advance of the rest of the. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. We have seen this story in a hundred other movies, where the combat-hardened veteran, facing retirement, gets one last assignment to train a platoon of green kids and lead them into battle.
The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. However, Highway is supported by his old comrade-in-arms, Choozhoo, and his nominal superior officer, the college-educated but inexperienced Lieutenant Ring. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. When Highway finally arrives at the base, more bad news awaits.