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An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman

Richard Gere
Director: Taylor Hackford Cast: Richard Gere
Richard Gere
, Debra Winger
Debra Winger
, Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
Taylor Hackford

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Richard Gere plays Zack Mayo, an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he's arrived at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill sergeant Emil Foley (Louis Gossett Jr.). Mayo --or "Mayonnaise," as he is dubbed by the irascible Foley -- is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart. Foley rides Mayo mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with working girl Paula Pokrifi (Debra Winger) is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself. Only after Mayo's best friend Sid Worsley (David Keith) commits suicide over an unhappy romance does Zack come out of his shell and mature into a real human being. Take away the R-rated dialogue and the sex scenes, and Officer and a Gentleman could have been a 1937 MGM flick, maybe with Robert Taylor as Zack, Wallace Beery as Foley, and Jimmy Stewart as Sid. An Officer and a Gentleman was nominated for 7 Oscars, with wins to Gossett and to the hit song "Up Where We Belong." The closing scene has surely become a classic of movie romance.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2017
UPC: 0032429281753
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 2,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere Zack Mayo
Debra Winger Paula Pokrifki
Louis Gossett Sgt. Emil Foley
David Keith Sid Worley
Lisa Blount Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Eilbacher Casey Seeger
Robert Loggia Byron Mayo
Harold Sylvester Perryman
David Caruso Topper Daniels
Grace Zabriskie Esther Pokrifki
Nancy Klopper Actor
Tommy Petersen Young Zack
Lynn Stalmaster Actor
Jane Wilbur Nellie Rufferwell
Tony Plana Emiliano Della Serra
Victor French Joe Pokrif ki
Mara Scott Wood Bunny
David Greenfield Schneider
Dennis Rucker Donny
Vern Taylor Tom Worley
Elizabeth Rogers Betty Worley
Tee Dennard Dilbert Dunker Instructor
John Laughlin Troy
Ed Begley Altitude Chamber Instructor

Technical Credits
Taylor Hackford Director
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
John V. Cartwright Art Director
Martin Elfand Producer
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
David McGiffert Asst. Director
Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Gerald O'Dell Makeup
Lee Rich Producer
Rita Riggs Costumes/Costume Designer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Score Composer
Bob Schneider Production Designer
Douglas Day Stewart Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Zinner Editor

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