An Officer and a Gentleman
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1982
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Old-fashioned without sacrificing its characters to simplicity, An Officer and a Gentleman successfully walks the fine line between sweeping romance and melodrama.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Macho, materialistic, and pro-militarist, it's an objectionable little number made all the more insidious by the way Hackford pulls the strings and turns it into a heart-chilling weepie.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

It's a straight-out drama in the old Hollywood style. As such, it works fairly well, though its lapses in taste are sour reminders of the subtlety Hollywood has lost in recent years.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Taylor Hackford's 1982 film is an awesomely, stiflingly professional piece of work, with a fleet, superficial visual style, perfectly placed climaxes, and a screenplay that doesn't waste a single character or situation.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. Maybe that's because it's not about "love" as a Hollywood concept, but about love as growth, as learning to accept other people for who and what they are.

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Phenomenally successful at the time of its release, but increasingly dated-looking.

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Variety Staff

Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A conventional but hugely compelling drama.

Sue Heal
Radio Times

Not even the combined talents of Debra Winger and an Oscar-winning Louis Gossett Jr can turn this one into a great movie, but if you're in the mood for a wallow, it's perfect.

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A wonderfully honest film that grows so much on us for two hours that we end up embracing its clichés without the slightest reservation, and it has splendid… More
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This guy who came in to my bar said it is his favorite movie and always makes him cry. With honesty like that, how could I not watch this movie?! I thought it… More
Alex roy
An Officer and a Gentleman is a good drama that relies on a predictable story, but manages to be entertaining due to the performances of its cast. I thought… More
Aj V
A beautiful army romance movie, sort of llike From Here to Eternity, but still a good movie that stands on it's own. I really liked it and I highly… More
Mike S
Way better than I had imagined and one of the best romantic dramas I've ever had the pleasure to see. It would'nt even have been half as great though,… More
Cassie Hill
Fantastic! Not only is there a good story to it, the message this movie sends sticks with you saying that if someone seems to be trying to teach you a lesson… More