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The Short Timers

The book The Short Timers was made into the movie Full Metal Jacket.

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Book details for The Short Timers

The Short Timers was written by Gustav Hasford. The book was published in 1983 by Arrow (A Division of Random House Group). More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

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Movie details for Full Metal Jacket

The movie was released in 1987. Full Metal Jacket was produced by Warner Home Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Bruce Boa, Tim Colceri, Peter Edmund, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Kieron Jecchinis, Sal Lopez, Gary Landon Mills, Ed O'Ross, Papillon Soo, Jon Stafford, Kirk Taylor, John Terry and Ian Tyler.

 

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Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty o... Read More
Stanley Kubrick's 1987, penultimate film seemed to a lot of people to be contrived and out of touch with the '80s vogue for such intensely realistic portrayals of the Vietnam War as Platoon and The Deer Hunter. Certainly, Kubrick gave audiences plenty of reason to wonder why he made the film at all: essentially a two-part drama that begins on a Parris Island boot camp for rookie Marines and abruptly switches to Vietnam (actually shot on sound stages and locations near London), Full Metal Jacket comes across as a series of self-contained chapters in a story whose logical and thematic development is oblique at best. Then again, much the same was said about Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a masterwork both enthralled with and satiric about the future's role in the unfinished business of human evolution. In a way, Full Metal Jacket is the wholly grim counterpart of 2001. While the latter is a truly 1960s film, both wide-eyed and wary, about the intertwining of progress and isolation (ending in our redemption, finally, by death), Full Metal Jacket is a cynical, Reagan-era view of the 1960s' hunger for experience and consciousness that fulfilled itself in violence. Lee Ermey made film history as the Marine drill instructor whose ritualized debasement of men in the name of tribal uniformity creates its darkest angel in a murderous half-wit (Vincent D'Onofrio). Matthew Modine gives a smart and savvy performance as Private Joker, the clowning, military journalist who yearns to get away from the propaganda machine and know firsthand the horrific revelation of the front line. In Full Metal Jacket, depravity and fulfillment go hand in hand, and it's no wonder Kubrick kept his steely distance from the material to make the point. --Tom Keogh