This gritty war story begins by following the trials and tribulations of a platoon of fresh Marine Corps recruits, with a special focus on the tenuous relationship between the cold-hearted and brutal Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and Privates Pyle and Joker.
The rigours and brutality of the training camp for Marine recruits slowly turn the young men grow into an instrument of death, as Hartman has foreseen of all of his recruits. Through Pyle's torment and Joker's unwillingness to stand up against it the climax of part one is achieved with all three main characters deciding their fates by their action or inaction.
The second chapter delves into Joker's psyche and the repeated referral to the fact that he joined the Corps to become a killer. When his mostly behind the scenes job as a combat correspondent is interfered with by the Tet offensive he is thrust into real combat and ultimately must decide if he really is a killer.
Did you know?
Val Kilmer auditioned for the part of Pvt. Joker. According to Matthew Modine, Kilmer confronted Modine in a restaurant and challenged Modine to a fight because he believed that Modine had stolen the part from him. But Modine was not even aware of the film at the time. Modine later sent Kubrick footage from Vision Quest (1985) and won the part. Read More