I recommend this for a number of reasons, really. First, SGT. Anderson was portraid by an actual gunnery SGT., gunny SGT. R. Lee Ermy, former Marine. Two, the Paris Island camp where it was filmed was the actuall Paris Island in Georgia. Three, the emotions and reality of it were real, as in, that's the way things were, back then, in Viet Nam.
A terrific anti-war movie! Reminded me of my boot camp - minus the murder/suicide in the john (of course). Drill sergeants will always be drill sergeants. Another good one was "Officer and a Gentleman". I didn't find the war scenes very realistic, though - but good enough to show the arbitrariness of war. The clear division of training and war was interesting.
I don't know what it is about war movies - but they often seem to bring out the best in directors and actors. This is one of those movies. From the amazingly brilliant boot camp to the battlefields in Vietnam Kubrick captures something beautiful and horrifying.
A timeless and startling portrayal of the mind-numbing and spirit-crushing lethality of war. This film crawls in to the twisted mindset of foot soldiers working their way to the front-line of combat only to sourly become "cannon-fodder". Very engaging, vivid, realistic without being gory, and all that without straying into preachy or political!