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Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

November 04, 2005

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

115 min.

Production Budget

$72 millions

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Director

Sam Mendes

Producer

Lucy Fisher, Sam Mendes, Douglas Wick

Screenwriter

William Broyles, Jr

Starring

Story


"Jarhead" (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows "Swoff" (Gyllenhaal), a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound ruck on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully fathom.

Foxx portrays Sergeant Sykes, a Marine lifer who heads up Swofford's scout/sniper platoon, while Sarsgaard is Swoff's friend and mentor, Troy, a die-hard member of STA-their elite Marine Unit.

An irreverent and true account of a war that was antiseptically packaged a decade ago, "Jarhead" is laced with dark wit, honest inquisition and episodes that are at once surreal and poignant, tragic and absurd.

"Jarhead" is based on Marine Anthony Swofford's bracing memoir that took readers into his disorienting firsthand experience in the Gulf War.

Pictures (11 photos)


Jamie Foxx in JARHEAD (2005)
Jamie Foxx and Jack Gyllenhaal as marines in Middle East deserts.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Brian Geraghty
Jarhead World Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 27, 2005
Sam Mendes
Jarhead World Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 27, 2005

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..gives a painfully realistic portrayal of the horrors and drudgery of military life..”
by Pete Vonder Haar [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]
“..feels a little boring and tedious...”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
“..a powerful emotional journey..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]