Review: ‘Heartbreak Ridge’

Heartbreak Ridge offers another vintage Clint Eastwood performance. There are enough mumbled half-liners in this contemporary war pic to satisfy those die-hards eager to see just how he portrays the consummate marine veteran.

Heartbreak Ridge offers another vintage Clint Eastwood performance. There are enough mumbled half-liners in this contemporary war pic to satisfy those die-hards eager to see just how he portrays the consummate marine veteran.

Eastwood is Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway – a man determined to teach some of today’s young leathernecks how to behave like a few good men.

Eastwood’s stern ways inevitably prevail as his platoon is called up for emergency overseas combat. Guns are blazing as Clint’s cadre faces its first real action after hitting the beaches. As film moves towards its jingoistic peak in these sequences, Eastwood’s insubordinate bent culminates in a final conflict with a modern major (Everett McGill).

1986: Nomination: Best Sound

Heartbreak Ridge

Production

Malpaso/Weston. Dir Clint Eastwood; Producer Clint Eastwood; Screenplay James Carabatsos; Camera Jack N. Green; Editor Joel Cox; Music Lennie Niehaus Art Dir Edward Carfagno

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 130 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Marsha Mason Everett McGill Moses Gunn Eileen Heckart Bo Svenson

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