An Officer and a Gentleman

Lorimar Released 1982




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Taylor Hackford

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley tells the cadets that the program they've enlisted in is designed to weed out as many of them as possible. Zack bonds with Sid Worley and Casey Seeger during their training. At a Navy dance, Zack and Sid meet Paula Pokrifki and Lynette Pomeroy and pair off. Drill Sergeant Foley goes out of his way to discipline Zack and make an example of him, trying to break him. Zack does not break. Sid eventually learns that Lynette may be pregnant and proposes to her, but she refuses. This causes Sid to spiral into depression and forces Zack to consider dropping out of Naval training.


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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time.

  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Undeniably, there's an element of corniness to this. But that doesn't keep An Officer and a Gentleman from being a first-rate movie - a beautifully acted, thoroughly involving roma...

  • 90


    An Officer and a Gentleman deserves a 21-gun salute, maybe 42. Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Foley: (addressing the new recruits) Fall in! I said fall in, you slimy worms! Put your toes on the edge of that chalk line! I said "Put your toes on the edge of this chalk line", you slimy worms.

    • Foley: Hi, son.
      Worley: How you doing, Sarge?
      Foley: What did you call me?
      Worley: Beg your pardon?
      Foley: What did you call me, boy?
      Worley: I called you "Sarge".
      Foley: Before that.
      Worley: Well, I didn't call you anything before that.
      Foley: You said "How are you?" I am not a "ewe", boy. A ewe is a female sheep, boy. Is that what you think I am, boy?
      Worley: No.
      Foley: No, sir!
      Worley: No, sir.
      Foley: Louder, sweet pea!
      Worley: No, sir!

    • Foley: Are you laughing at me, dick brain?
      Mayo: No, sir!
      Foley: You better stop eye-balling me, boy. I'll rip your eyeballs out of the sockets and skull-fxxx you to death.
      Mayo: Yes, sir!
      Foley: What's your name, boy?
      Mayo: Mayo. Zak Mayo, sir.
      Foley: How did you slip into this programme? I didn't now the army was so hard up.

    • Foley: (Emiliano is the first to exit the army barber) Now, this is my idea of an ass bandit. Wait till some of the local girls get a look at you, scrotum head.

    • Foley: Where are you from, boy?
      Worley: Oklahoma city, Oklahoma, sir.
      Foley: Ah. Only two thing come out of Oklahoma. Steers and Queers. Which one are you, boy? I don't see no horns, so you must be a queer.
      Worley: No, sir!
      Foley: Stop whispering, sweet pea. You're giving me a hard-on.
      Worley: No, sir!

  • NOTES (6)

    • Domestic Gross - $129,795,554 (3rd)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $360,248,885

    • Other Production Companies:
      Paramount Pictures

    • Taglines:
      1. It will lift you up where you belong
      2. Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love

    • Filming locations include:
      Bremerton, Washington
      Commencement Bay, Washington
      Olympic Peninsula, Washington
      Port Townsend, Washington
      Seattle, Washington
      Tacoma, Washington

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Supporting Actor - Louis Gossett Jr.
      2. Original Song - "Up Where We Belong"

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Actress - Debra Winger (won by Meryl Streep for Sophie's Choice)
      2. Original Screenplay
      3. Editing
      4. Original Score

    • Music:
      Up Where We Belong
      Written by Will Jennings, Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Saint-Marie
      Performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
      Treat Me Right
      Written by D. Lubahn and Pat Benatar
      Performed by Pat Benatar
      Hungry for Your Love
      Written and performed by Van Morrison
      Be Real
      Written by D. Sahm
      Performed by The Sir Douglas Quintet
      Written by B. Gibbons, D. Hill and F. Beard
      Performed by ZZ Top
      Tunnel of Love
      Written by Mark Knofler
      Performed by Dire Straits
      Written by Morris Albert
      Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree
      Written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown
      Anchors Aweigh
      Written by A. Zimmerman, George D. Lottman and Alfred H. Mills
      Moon River
      Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
      Big Money Dollars
      Written by John Thomas Lenox
      Gameplan Gong: Barong Dance
      From Music from the Morning of the World
      The Plains of Mindanao
      From Bayanihan 7
      Galan Kangin
      Performed by Gong Kebyar and Sebatsu


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