One of the most under-rated military movies... info
I'm talking about "Heartbreak Ridge", a vivid description of some months in the Marine Corps. Clint Eastwood (Gunnery Sgt. Thomas "Gunny" Highway) starred in this movie, with his well-known great quality as an actor.
There are many many scenes to be remembered: the first part of the the film is about training of a Recoinassance Platoon, in an Amphibious Unit of the USMC. Gunny gives hard weeks of training to his men but, at the end, they feel something has changed: they now can stand proud of being soldiers who know their job.
The best thing in this movie, I think, is its "message": Gunny is an old vet (Dominican, Korea, Vietnam)... but he's still capable to give his soldiers something of inestimable value: his own experience. He turns a bunch of desperados into "a few good men" (his own words). So, those man start to act as a real unit.
It's a good lesson in life: everyone has something good to give... good for us when we take it and appreciate it.
To conclude, one of the best scenes of the movie (I remember it by heart): there is a readiness deployment exercise. At a certain moment, the General Commander of the Division shows up, takes a look to Gunny and says: "Have we ever served together?"... "I was in Vietnam" ... and the General "I had a rifle company in Vietnam"... "So, we chew some of the same dirt, Sir"...
Then the General asks Gunny: "What's your evaluation of this alert?" and Gunny replies: "It's a cluster f***"...
So the General stares at Gunny and says: "Say again". "It's a cluster f***... Marines are combat men, Sir. They should not sit on their sorry asses filling request forms for equipment they should already have"...
Great Clint, great actor, great Man