An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) - Drama, Romance

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A young man must complete his work at a Navy Officer Candidate School to become an aviator, with the help of a tough Gunnery Sergeant and his new girlfriend.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Richard Gere, Debra Winger
Length: 124 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 134 found boring (8.2%)

One-line Reviews (58)

While the film may certainly follow the general formulaic outlines of the genre, director Taylor Hackford and screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart dodge sentimentalization with a healthy dosage of grim reality.

Beyond that, I found a most entertaining romantic saga.

Engaging and Engrossing Melodramatic Fare .

Zach finds Paula (Debra Winger in an equally compelling performance), a working girl at a paper factory, and they immediately embark on a relationship.

Still, some of the training stuff was enjoyable to watch.

An Officer and a Gentleman is a great movie with a simple storyline that is very easy to follow but still very enjoyable,a very talented cast and a really beautiful soundtrack.

Zach Mayo (Richard Gere) isn't inspiring as a lead, nor is Gere, but Deborah Winger takes bad to a new level in this film as the extremely uninspiring, social-climbing girlfriend (who puts down a fellow social climber for doing the same thing).

Well, the adolescent wants to prove his father wrong and does something most unexpected - applies for Navy flight school and is accepted.

It one of those coming of age film that is set in the military.

Enjoyable, indeed.

What starts in here as a goofy romantic mishap grows intense and dark and it's that build up that leaves you shook on your seat.

That relationship for me was "serendipitous" and like Zack, it was through this relationship that I began to truly open up to someone else, and other factors related to coming of age (the developing of maturity and truly becoming an adult), and experienced many matters including emotional, sexual, social relating to intimacy.

The romance seemed to do little more than fatten up a thin, formulaic plot, and I would have preferred more scenes with Keith or Gossett.

Well, i know that my father, as a lot of people, is a great fan of this movie but I'll ask him what he likes in it because if found it a bit dull.

Debra Winger, with her down-home sexiness at it's peak, turns in a fascinating portrayal of small town frustration, and Louis Gossett Jr nearly steals the picture in a harrowing, Oscar-winning performance.

Anyway probably most who have seen this movie will tell you they particularly enjoyed Louis Gossett Jr. Oscar worthy and winning supporting performance as a tough and entertaining Drill Sargent.

Formula film the actors make worth watching .

The Romanticism and love interest are a little better, with Winger looking stunning and acting more naturally than Gere.

The predictable ending is slightly disappointing, and really doesn't belong in a film which hits home and surprises so many times.

Richard Gere does a stunning performance in An Officer and a Gentleman.

As is this were bad enough, we wind up stuck with Lou Gossett Jr. as an academy award winner for his phoned-in performance as the stereotypical drill instructor, a movie with no real plot that is driven by poor characters, and total pandering to the female side of the audience that drives the box office.

Surprising movie with predictable ending .

In spite of the predictability and overlong running time, I found this to be an enjoyable film.

This isn't my most enthusiastic recommendation to be sure, but I still say that it's worth watching.

However, AOAAG, is a surprisingly enjoyable addition to this despicable genre.

There were so many various relationships going on that between the characters, if the movie had just been about one of those it might have gotten boring but each one of these individuals were so fascinating in their own right, that it never did get dull.

Another unexpected step was the character arc provided for David Keith, the best friend of the protagonist.

The scenes where Mayo is forced to deal with his emotions are riveting and even better are the scenes were Mayo has to deal with Sgt.

There is a big difference between this "war propaganda" and Kubrick's objective outcome.

It can do this is in a mundane way, as most do.

Seems it spoiled the exciting story about learning how to become a jet pilot.

Yes, the plot is annoyingly predictable and the outcome USA fairy tale-ish; and yes, the acting is bad in places and several scenes are utterly uninventive (the obstacle course, the local bar thugs).

The recruits are all warned of the "Puget Debs", these are the local girls who work in the near drab factory an escape this trying to lure and trap the candidates, ignoring this Zack meets Paula Pokrifki (Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Debra Winger) and his best friend among the other candidates Sid Worley (Golden Globe nominated David Keith) meets Lynette Pomeroy (Lisa Blount).

And just to clarify even when this was filmed political correctness was already creeping into the ranks and my Drills never once used profanity, and that was the same year (82) this was released so Foley's ribald, scurrilous (though highly entertaining) cadance calls were already an anachronism at that point.

This film isn't perfect, but you can spend an enjoyable two hours with it.

A Coming Of Age Military Film .

Overall an enjoyable film; well worth watching especially if you are a fan of Richard Gere.

This is the typical rebel-loner seeks exciting career in military to prove himself.

Yes, the movie isdated, at times improbable, and definitely predictable.

The movie does have a couple of things that stand out about it, though, and to my mind make it worth watching.

I'd highly recommend it.

The most riveting moment of the movie is when Foley is going to kick Zach out of the program and Gere frantically and desperately screams "DON'T YOU DO THAT!

However, it does manage to stay engrossing throughout the whole two hour running time.

Enjoyable for the most part.

But, tragedy lurks not far away, if Paula bespeaks a good-hearted girl who dares to love somebody unconditionally, the flip side is Sid's squeeze Lynette (Blount), who indirectly triggers a very unsound twist of melodrama only to drive Zack become more cynical and in turn, leave its patronising ending more uplifting when its Oscar-winning theme song UP WHERE WE BELONG swells as if Paula were the damsel in distress whose drab life could only be rescued by a handsome navy officer, that's the biggest mistake of this otherwise agreeable picture, Paula is a wholesome package (although the moment when she reveals the identity of her biological father, it is a rather cunning move to manipulate sense of guilty to advantage), it is Zack who is in the receiving end of a helping hand.

Compared to the screenplays I see today, the screenplay of this film screenplay now seems close to perfect in terms of how it tells a coherent story while at the same time being both uplifting, didactic, and entertaining all at the same time.

But, it is so entertaining and so enthralling, I find it easily to become enveloped by the picture's story and characters.

Worth watching if only for the first 20 minutes or so (of Sgt.

But of course that does not make it a great film, just a soft sweet entertaining moment in life.

She was one of the reasons why An Officer and a Gentleman managed to rise above its predictable roots.

In response to one of the other comments on here, comparing this to FMJ is pointless, they are totally different films.

The typical twists and turns occur that are predictable and could be compared to a long-running episode of a soap opera.

With a great soundtrack, strong performances and the most rousing and emotional final scene in a film since 'Rocky', 'An Officer And A Gentleman' deserves its place among the classics of film history.

Entertaining and old-fashioned(in some ways!

Excellent love story about a young man (Gere, in an engaging performance) who dreams of being a Navy jet pilot and a girl (Winger) who wishes to escape the life in a paper mill.

Story is surprisingly involving(if a bit predictable) and builds to a satisfying conclusion with the winning song "Up Where We Belong".

It's setting in the Northwest is one of the most compelling, myself being captivated by my first visit to the Northwest late in my College years after my Mother moved to the area--I immediately upon arriving for a visit, fell in love with the area which captivated me from the very moment as a magical place that innately held for me healing, soothing and fostered personal development.

Many enjoyed it, and since it's release it has remained a classic and has gained fans over the years.