Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war drama film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Herr and Gustav Hasford. The film is based on Hasford's 1979 novel The Short-Timers and stars Matthew Modine, Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio and Adam Baldwin.

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Full Metal Jacket
Theatrical release poster
Directed byStanley Kubrick
Written by
Based onThe Short-Timers
by Gustav Hasford
Produced byStanley Kubrick
CinematographyDouglas Milsome
Edited byMartin Hunter
Music byAbigail Mead
Distributed by
Release dates
  • June 17, 1987 (1987-06-17) (Beverly Hills)
  • June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26) (United States)
  • September 11, 1987 (1987-09-11) (United Kingdom)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[2]
Budget$16.5–30 million[3][4]
Box office$120 million[5]

The storyline follows a platoon of U.S. Marines through their boot camp training in Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, primarily focusing in the first half of the film on privates J.T. Davis and Leonard Lawrence, nicknamed Joker and Pyle, who struggle under their abusive drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half portrays the experiences of Joker and one other of the platoon's Marines in Vietnamese cities Da Nang and Huế during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War.[6] The film's title refers to the full metal jacket bullet used by military servicemen.

Warner Bros. released Full Metal Jacket in the United States on June 26, 1987. It was the last of Kubrick's films to be released during his lifetime. The film received critical acclaim, grossed $120 million against a budget of $16 million, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Kubrick, Herr, and Hasford.[7] In 2001, the American Film Institute placed the film at number 95 in its poll titled "AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills".[8]