Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is an American war film released on 17 June 1987, and was directed and produced by Stanbley Kubrick


Based on the 1979 novel by Gustav Hasford called “The Short-Timers”, and filmed on location in England from 1985 to 1986. The name of the film refers to the ammunition used by the Marines.

Theatrical Poster

The Movie

The movie tells the story of a platoon of US Marines from their bootcamp days to seeing action in Vietnam.


Special attention can be given to drilling instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (Lee Ermey). The first half of the film is dedicated to the harsh and abusive training the recruits had to endure under Hartman. The scene is set at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, South Carolina.


The second half of the film portrays the fighting that the new Marines had to witness and endure in the Vietnamese cities of Da Nang and Hue.

The Cast

  • Matthew Modine as Private/Sergeant J. T. “Joker” Davis.
  • Vincent D’Onofrio as Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle”.
  • Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
  • Adam Baldwin as Animal Mother.
  • Arliss Howard as Private/Sergeant “Cowboy” Evans.
  • Kevyn Major Howard as Rafterman.
  • Dorian Harewood as Eightball.
  • Tim Colceri as Doorgunner.


Full Metal Jacket generated a box office income of $120 million worldwide. This is on a budget of $30 million. The production received critical acclaim and received one nomination for an Academy Award.

Gilbert Adair wrote:

 “Kubrick’s approach to language has always been reductive and uncompromisingly deterministic in nature. He appears to view it as the exclusive product of environmental conditioning, only very marginally influenced by concepts of subjectivity and interiority, by all the whims, shades and modulations of personal expression”.

The film’s score was written by Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian Kubrick, under the name “Abigail Mead”.

The film chillingly portrays the unrivaled training that US marines face, as well as the horrors of war. Having a large fanbase among war film fans, it is certainly one of the best films of 1987.

Movie Trailer


Full Metal Jacket – Wikipedia