Heartbreak Ridge

Warner Bros. Released 1986




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Movie Summary

Clint Eastwood

Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway is a career Marine and combat veteran. After fighting honorably in the Korean and Vietnam wars, Highway is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. This should be a happy ending for Highway, but he cannot seem to free himself from his war-time demons and the public apathy and military bureaucracy that confronts him does not help much either. So Highway retreats into himself, drinking hard liquor to shut himself off from the world. But Highway does not give up in war and will not give up in his own life, either. 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.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    As an actor, Eastwood has created his most complex, fully dimensional characterization in Tom Highway; as a director, he has worked to put that characterization in a remarkably mat...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Heartbreak Ridge has as much energy and color as any action picture this year, and it contains truly amazing dialogue.

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The movie as a movie is a letdown, because all it consists of is Eastwood's hoarse, foul-mouthed complaining about today's "softies" and then his leading into battle in Grenada a b...

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Gunnery Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway

Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason


Everett McGill

Everett McGill

Major Malcolm A. Powers

Moses Gunn

Moses Gunn

Staff Sergeant Webster

Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart

Little Mary Jackson

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (6)

    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $42,724,017 (18th)
      Worldwide Gross - $79,000,000 (10th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $93,969,806
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $173,757,412

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Agua Dulce, California
      Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, Oceanside, California
      Halfway House Café, Santa Clarita, California,
      San Diego, California
      Swallows Inn, San Juan Capistrano, California
      Vieques, Puerto Rico
      Wagon Wheel Bar, San Clemente, California

    • Other Production Companies:
      Malpaso Productions

    • Tagline:
      ... the scars run deep.

    • Music:
      Sea of Heartbreak
      Written by Hal David and Paul Hampton
      Performed by Don Gibson
      Guitar by Hank Garland
      Secret Love
      Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
      Performed by Jill Hollier
      A Very Precious Love
      Written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster
      Performed by Jill Hollier
      How Much I Care
      Written by Clint Eastwood and Sammy Cahn
      Performed by Jill Hollier
      I Love You But I Ain't Stupid
      Lyrics by Mario Van Peebles
      Music by Mario Van Peebles and Desmond Nakano
      Performed by Mario Van Peebles
      Bionic Marine
      Written by Mario Van Peebles
      Recon Rap
      Written by Mario Van Peebles

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Sound


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war hero, prisoners of war, for men, witty remarks, issues with authority