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An Officer and a Gentleman [DVD]

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) has nothing--the son of an alcoholic, indifferent military father, he's grown up in the Philippines living on top of a brothel. But after college he decides he wants more and, despite his father's mockery, enrolls in the navy's Officer Candidate School to become a jet pilot. His sergeant, brilliantly played by Louis Gossett Jr., makes his life a living hell from day one, but Zack won't quit. The candidates are warned to stay away from the local girls looking for naval husbands, but Zack and his bunkmate, Sid (David Keith), find themselves falling for two friends, Paula (Debra Winger) and Lynette (Lisa Blount), who work at the local paper mill. Zack fights his feelings for Paula, determined to let nothing sway him from his goals. But as the hellish weeks of training go by, Zack begins to see that maybe he can't do it alone--and that what's getting him through are his friends in the ranks, and the girl he's been pushing away. Widely acclaimed at the time of its release, director Taylor Hackford's inspiring film is a romance for the ages.

    Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1982 Louis Gossett African American actor, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 1982 Buffy Sainte-Marie Native American Songwriter
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 1982 Jack Nitzsche Composer/Music Producer
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 1982 Will Jennings SONGWRITER/LYRICIST

  • Credits
    Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett, Robert Loggia, Lisa Blount, Lisa Eilbacher
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A first-rate movie -- a beautifully acted, thoroughly involving romance..."
    New York Times

    "...Many finely-drawn characters to care about....[The director] controls these characters completely, deftly mixing his documentarian's training with the dramatist's art..."

    "[T]he two stars are mighty captivating." -- Grade: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts exploration of the trappings of love is still a remarkably modern one."
    Ultimate DVD

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