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Heartbreak Ridge

"...the scars run deep."

1986-12-05 War 2hr 10m

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

  • Released
    1986-12-05
  • Revenue
    $42,700,000
  • Budget
    $15,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 10m
  • Genre
    War, Drama
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    Español, English
  • imdb-logo
    6.8
  • Production
    Jay Weston Productions, Malpaso Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

Crew

Clint Eastwood
Director
James Carabatsos
Screenplay
Clint Eastwood
Producer

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Cast

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Gunnery Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway
Everett McGill

Everett McGill

Major Malcolm A. Powers
Moses Gunn

Moses Gunn

Staff Sergeant Webster
Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles

Corporal 'Stitch' Jones
Eileen Heckart

Eileen Heckart

Little Mary Jackson
Bo Svenson

Bo Svenson

Roy Jennings
Boyd Gaines

Boyd Gaines

Lieutenant M.R. Ring
Arlen Dean Snyder

Arlen Dean Snyder

Sergeant Major Choozoo
Ramón Franco

Ramón Franco

Private Aponte
Begonya Plaza

Begonya Plaza

Private Aponte's Wife
Peter Jason

Peter Jason

Major G.F. Devin
Mike Gomez

Mike Gomez

Private Quinones
Rodney Hill

Rodney Hill

Private Collins
Peter Koch

Peter Koch

'Swede' Johanson
Richard Venture

Richard Venture

Colonel Meyers
J.C. Quinn

J.C. Quinn

Quartermaster Sgt.
John Eames

John Eames

Judge Zane
Holly Shelton-Foy

Holly Shelton-Foy

Sarita Dwayne
Nicholas Worth

Nicholas Worth

Jail Binger
Timothy Fall

Timothy Fall

Kid in Jail
Jon Pennell

Jon Pennell

Jail Crier
Trish Garland

Trish Garland

Woman Marine Officer
George Hartmann

George Hartmann

Bar Tough Guy
Darwyn Swalve

Darwyn Swalve

Bar Tough Guy
Steve Halsey

Steve Halsey

Bus Driver
Rebecca Perle

Rebecca Perle

Student in Shower
Annie O'Donnell

Annie O'Donnell

Telephone Operator
Michael Maurer

Michael Maurer

Bouncer in Bar
Tom Ellison

Tom Ellison

Marine Corporal
Russell Appling

Russell Appling

Dock Marine (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte

Stan Rodarte

Dancer in Bar (uncredited)
Tom Willett

Tom Willett

Bus Passenger (uncredited)
Michael George

Michael George

Musician (uncredited)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Heartbreak Ridge
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A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2018-12-18

***A more comedic version of “The Dirty Dozen,” but taking place in 1983 and starring Clint Eastwood*** Clint Eastwood’s "Heartbreak Ri... read more

***A more comedic version of “The Dirty Dozen,” but taking place in 1983 and starring Clint Eastwood*** Clint Eastwood’s "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986) stars Eastwood as a tough, soon-to-retire Marine gunnery sergeant who conflicts with the brass and his former-wife (Marsha Mason) as he takes command of a spoiled recon squad. The platoon is eventually deployed to Grenada in late October, 1983, in order to prevent a communist takeover and rescue some med students. Thirteen years after “The Dirty Dozen,” Eastwood recycles the plot and adds a lot of hip comedy. Although it’s not a great military flick like “Dozen” it has its points of entertainment, but you have to roll with the odd mixture of believable military training drama with heavy doses of amusement, mainly revolving around the cartoonish character of Cpl. Stitch Jones, played with fervor by Mario Van Peebles. If you can acclimate to this odd mixture, there’s a lot to enjoy here. It helps that the movie hooks you in with the opening jail fight involving the hard-living Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway (Eastwood). His reunion with his ex-wife and their potentially developing relationship is another hook. Some parts are kinda meh, but there’s enough good here if you’re in the mood for a military training flick in the form of “The Dirty Dozen” meeting “Top Gun” (1987) mixed with an edgier version of Gomer Pyle. The film runs 2 hours, 10 minutes and was shot at Camp Pendleton, Southern Cal, as well as Santa Clarita (café), San Clemente (bar), El Toro (airfield homecoming) and Vieques, Puerto Rico (Grenada). GRADE: B-

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A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2019-04-22

Crusty Clint is still not to be messed with. One of Clint Eastwood's most accessible 80s movies, Heartbreak Ridge sees the gruff actor on... read more

Crusty Clint is still not to be messed with. One of Clint Eastwood's most accessible 80s movies, Heartbreak Ridge sees the gruff actor on very fine form, this even though the "war is hell" core that fills out the last quarter via a rather silly gun toting rescue mission in Grenada does lack conviction. The film wins its stripes courtesy of James Carabatsos' razor witty script and the sub plot involving ex wife Aggie (Marsha Mason). For all its macho posturing and training routine shenanigans (you will wish we could have stayed at boot camp once Grenada arrives), at its heart is a very tender movie about a man who can't let the career go, and simultaneously the wife (ex) who simply lived hell each day as her man was off at war (Korea/Vietnam et al). That said, it's the comedy that has made the film one of the most quoted film's of big Clint's career. Be it Eastwood himself tossing off witty put downs to his rag tag band of men, or the likes of Mario Van Peebles hilariously looking like some punk version of Michael Jackson, there's a lot of fun to be had in every other frame. There's even a guy here whose thighs are bigger than Sly Stallone! So yes there's many stereotypes here, none more so than Everett McGill's fresh out of school prig Major Powers, and for sure the ending is never in any doubt what so ever. But get in line and enjoy the fun whilst noticing that it does have under the surface themes well worth time investment as well. 7/10

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A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2022-02-02

<em>'Heartbreak Ridge'</em> is a rather good war film, one I enjoyed a fair bit. Clint Eastwood, to no-one's surprise, is the best perfor... read more

<em>'Heartbreak Ridge'</em> is a rather good war film, one I enjoyed a fair bit. Clint Eastwood, to no-one's surprise, is the best performer from the onscreen talent, though I did like the support cast - namely Mario Van Peebles, Boyd Gaines and Arlen Dean Snyder. The plot is, although obvious in where it is heading, fun and holds one's attention. The score doesn't particularly stand out but there is one part around the middle which is neat. Some of the dialogue is a little cringe, but there are some good lines in there for Mr. Eastwood to quip.

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A Review by Wuchak

***A more comedic version of “The Dirty Dozen,” but taking place in 1983 and starring Clint Eastwood*** Clint Eastwood’s "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986) stars Eastwood as a tough, soon-to-retire Marine gunnery sergeant who conflicts with the...

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A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2018-12-18

***A more comedic version of “The Dirty Dozen,” but taking place in 1983 and starring Clint Eastwood*** Clint Eastwood’s "Heartbreak Ridge" (1986) stars Eastwood as a tough, soon-to-retire Marine...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2019-04-22

Crusty Clint is still not to be messed with. One of Clint Eastwood's most accessible 80s movies, Heartbreak Ridge sees the gruff actor on very fine form, this even though the "war is hell" core tha...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 7

Written by r96sk on 2022-02-02

<em>'Heartbreak Ridge'</em> is a rather good war film, one I enjoyed a fair bit. Clint Eastwood, to no-one's surprise, is the best performer from the onscreen talent, though I did like the support ...

read more