Full Metal Jacket

Corrected entry: R. Lee Ermey was an actual Marine Vietnam veteran, but never a drill instructor. He drew upon the DIs he met during basic training in performing his role.

Correction: This is just flat out false. R. Lee Ermey definitely was a drill instructor. He only served as one tour of duty as one, and never attained the position of senior drill instructor as shown in the film, but he was one.


Corrected entry: Sgt. Hartman's hat appears to change colour several times during the first half of the movie. At times it is olive drab, at others it is a darker brown shade.

Correction: It's the same hat, but the lighting makes it look different colors. Drill Instructors are also issued 3 covers upon graduating DI School. There are also different manufacturers of those covers. They don't wear the same ones every day.


Corrected entry: At the start of the film Private Joker states that he does not believe in Jesus, The Virgin Mary and God etc. Then later on in the film we see him singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Surely if he did not believe in him, then he would not sing happy birthday to him.


Correction: I doubt seriously that Drill Instructor Hartman cared whether he believed in it or not, he told them to sing and when the DI tells you to jump, you jump.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the scene where Gunnery Sergeant Hartman wakes everyone up with the trashcan, he is followed closely by two other drill instructors. If you pause it just right, you will notice that one of them is a Corporal (E-4, 2 stripes), you have to be at least a Sergeant (E-5, 3 stripes) to be a drill instructor. (00:17:40)

Correction: As a marine of the Vietnam era, E-4 Cpls were drill instructors and still are. During WWII E-2 PFCs' served as drill instructors.

Corrected entry: When Crazy gets killed by a bobby trap, Joker enters from the left and puts his gun down. When he is leaving to the right he picks up the wrong gun. His gun was the gun to the left and he picks up the gun to the right. (01:23:52)

Correction: Yes, Joker enters from the left, but we never see him put his gun down. If he never puts his gun down, then he can't pick up the wrong gun. Also, it never shows him starting to leave. It just cuts away while he is squatting next to Crazy.


Corrected entry: In the second scene when Sgt. Hartman is giving his speech and walking around the room, you can see that the beds are made very sloppily. Basic training bunks are made "tight, neat, and wrinkle free." These were not.

Correction: This scene takes place at the very beginning of boot camp. The privates would not be very good at making their beds yet. Beds that are not tight and have wrinkles in them would be very common at this point in boot camp.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Pyle is caught with the doughnut and the Drill Sgt. makes the entire squad do pushups, you can clearly see people in the back that are struggling to do their pushups. If they were in boot camp for as long as they were, wouldn't they at least be to do 20 pushups?

Correction: This scene takes place at the end of the day, after all of the privates have had a hard days work, and are very tired. It's understandable if they are having trouble doing a few push-ups.


Corrected entry: At the start of the film when Sgt. Hartman asks Private Pyle his name he says his name is 'Lawrence'. So why does Private Joker call him 'Leonard' just before he shoots the Sgt. and himself in the loo?

Correction: His name was Leonard Lawrence, so calling him Leonard is fine.


Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, Gunnery Sgt. Hartman is making his speech and passes by Privates Cowboy and Joker on his way to the other side of the barracks. On his way he passes Private Pyle standing to the right of Private Joker. Later in the scene, when he rushes over to confront Private Joker and then moves on to Private Cowboy and then Private Pyle, Private Pyle is on the left of Private Joker. (00:02:00)

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Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: How tall are you private?
Private: Sir, five foot nine, sir!
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Five foot nine, I didn't know they stacked shit that high!

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Trivia: R. Lee Ermey actually wrote all of Gunny Hartman's dialog himself. Ermey was involved in a serious car accident right before shooting, so Kubrick invited Ermey to come stay at his house in England to recover. While recovering Ermey read the script over and over, and he remarked that the Drill Instructor's dialog that was in the script was obviously the work of a screenwriter with a cliche imagination who obviously had no idea what boot camp was really like. So Kubrick allowed Ermey to re-write all of the dialog himself.

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