Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writer: Gustav Hasford, Michael Herr and Stanley Kubrick
Producer: Jan Harlan, Michael Herr, Philip Hobbs and Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard and Ed O'Ross