The entire first half of Stanley Kubrick's epic Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest depictions of Marine Corps Recruit Training in cinematic history. And though the sequence may seem a bit out-of-date today, one scene in particular has remained a fan favorite of troops and “nasty civilians” since the iconic film premiered in 1987.
When it comes to pop-culture allure and romanticized brutality, Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket" is arguably the most influential of all Vietnam War movies. R. Lee Ermey's iconic portrayal of the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman has served as a de facto recruiting mechanism for the Marines since the film's release in 1987. I remember watching the same VHS copy of “Full Metal Jacket" about a hundred times before I enlisted as a Marine combat correspondent, choosing the same military specialty as Private Joker. During the 10 years I served in the Corps, it was a rare occasion to find a Marine who didn't love the film.