Heartbreak Ridge
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Having spent much of his directorial career emulating Don Siegel and John Ford, Clint Eastwood borrows a page from the catalogue of Sam Fuller in Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood casts himself as an old-fashioned Marine Corps sergeant who is out… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 5, 1986
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Heartbreak Ridge offers another vintage Clint Eastwood performance.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

To tell the truth, the Grenada Incursion looks even sillier on film than it did in the headlines. War is not hell, it's big box office.

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Emanuel Levy

Set during the Grenada War, Clint Eastwood's war movie is a formulaic, old-fashioned actioner wearing its ideology on its sleeves.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

The film belongs to Eastwood. Now looking increasingly like an Easter Island statue, he has a voice pickled in bourbon, a tongue like razor wire, and a body so full of shrapnel that he can't walk through airport metal detectors.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

A few Cubans with AK47s isn't exactly "The Guns of Navarone." At the end, you can't decide whether Eastwood and his platoon should get medals or merit badges.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

You may not always like Eastwood's films, but you seldom get downright bored by them.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

As the gritty, raspy-voiced sergeant, Mr. Eastwood's performance is one of the richest he's ever given.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

We have seen this story in a hundred other movies ... But Eastwood, as the producer, director and star, caresses the material as if he didn't know B movies have gone out of style.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

For a war film, Heartbreak Ridge is oddly lighter in spirit than many of Eastwood's other films from this period.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Maybe because it's dated now, but I didn't think it was Eastwood's best performance.
Pierluigi Puccini
I don't give a damn about predictability when I'm having this much fun with the always badass and gravely voiced Clint kicking asses and throwing in… More
Clintus Maximus
Being a lifelong Eastwood fan, I re-visited Heartbreak Ridge after reading that it was produced after Louis Gossett Jr. won an Oscar for An Officer and a… More
Al S
Clint Eastwood gives one of the best performances of his career. A wickedly funny and action-packed drama. A powerful, compelling and exhilerating movie.
Conner Rainwater
Almost like the counterpart to A Few Good Men for some reason. This showcases the hard as nails Clint Eastwood as a drill sergeant who will do anything to whip… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Clint Eastwood is great when he kicks some Marine's butts.