An Officer and a Gentleman


Review: Zack Mayo aspires to be a navy pilot. He arrives at the Navy Flight school to become an aviator for a 13-week course. Hr gets help from a tough gunnery sergeant and also his new girlfriend.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Actors: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith and Louis Gossett Jr.
Year: 1982
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Romance
Conclusion: 4/5
Hugely popular in its day. In fact that this was a financial success, grossing in at $130 million against a $6 million budget. This is Richard Gere’s best performance by far and he was the right actor to play the part. Fantastic performance as well from Louis Gossett Jr. Apparently Richard Gere and Debra Winger did not get along during filming and would distance themselves from each other when the camera wasn’t rolling. Richard Gere’s next big box office hit after this was Pretty Woman (1990). In a 2013 interview, Richard Gere said that both he and Louis Gossett Jr. were trained for the karate that is used in basic training sequences in the film. They are both still really good friends and regularly meet up. Also the obstacle course was built especially for the film. John Travolta was offered the main role but had to turn it down due to the advice of his agent. John Denver and Kurt Russell were also offered the main roles but both declined. At the Academy Awards in 1983 this won 2 Oscars. They were for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Louis Gossett Jr.) and for Best Music, Original Song (Up Where We Belong). At the Golden Globe Awards also in 1983 this won the same two awards. Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Motion Picture (Louis Gossett Jr.) and for Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Up Where We Belong). At the Bafta Awards in 1984 this only won one award for Best Original Song (Up Where We Belong). Film critic Roger Ebert wrote in his review for this “An Officer and a Gentleman” takes chances, takes the time to know and develop its characters, and by the time this movie’s wonderful scene comes along, we know exactly what’s happening, and why, and it makes us very happy.”

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