Full Metal Jacket (1987)
“This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine.”
CW: War, Death, Abuse, Military, Suicide, Murder, Sex Work, Vietnamese and Asian stereotypes, harsh language, Fatphobia
Full Metal Jacket is a staggering portrayal of the inhumanity of war that was completely overshadowed by Oliver Stone’s war masterpiece Platoon. The production was legendarily lengthy, and by the time it was complete, the audience just didn’t show up. Yet despite the fact that this movie would probably be near-perfect if it ended halfway through, this movie has some of the best performances we’ve seen from a Kubrick film yet. it’s a bit of a mess, but Full Metal Jacket is arguably Kubrick’s best film…and we’ll debate that today on Macintosh & Maud Haven’t Seen What?!
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Clip from “Leonard” taken from the soundtrack to Full Metal Jacket, composed by Abigail Mead (aka Vivian Kubrick). © 1987 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Clips used from the film Full Metal Jacket, Copyright 1987 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.
Clip used from the television series Firefly © 2002 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
Clip from “September” written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis and performed by Earth, Wind & Fire. From the album The Best of Earth Wind & Fire Vol. 1, ℗ 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 CBS Inc.
Clip from “Go for It! [Heart and Fire]” written by Michael Kelly, James Earley, Joey B. Ellis and Tynetta Hare; performed by Joey B. Ellis & Tynetta Hare. ℗ © Bust It/Capitol Records. From the film Rocky V.
Clip from “Me So Horny” written and produced by Luke Skyywalker and The 2 Live Crew. ℗ © 1989 Skyywalker Records.
Clip from “Musica Ricercata II (Mesto, Rigido E Ceremoniale)” composed by György Ligeti and performed by Dominic Harlan. ©℗ 1999 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the World outside the U.S.
Clip from “In Your Eyes” written and performed by Peter Gabriel. ©℗ 1986 The David Geffen Company.
Intro music taken from the Second Movement of Ludwig von Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Hong Kong (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK) license. To hear the full performance or get more information, visit the song page at the Internet Archive.