Heartbreak Ridge

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

11 corrected entries

Corrected entry: LT Ring's airborne device is Army, not the Navy Jump device that Highway and the rest of Recon Wears.

Correction: Army jump wings are authorized for graduating army jump school. The gold navy jump wings are not authorized until the successful completion of 10 jumps, to include a water landing and full combat gear jump.

Corrected entry: Early in the film, Gunny Highway is tricked by Jones and is left stranded in the roadside diner when the bus they were on pulls away. Gunny Highway hitches a ride to the base and arrives with his two suitcases which would have been left on the bus while they were taking a short meal break.

bnemirow

Correction: They were waiting for another bus. That's why he had his gear (and Stitch had his guitar as well).

Corrected entry: Gysgt. Highway has 6 service stripes on his uniform. Since each stripe is 4 years, that would indicate he's been in anywhere from 24 to 27 years (having not received his 7th one yet if this is the case). The movie takes place in 1983, yet he won the CMH for actions during Heartbreak Ridge in Korea in 1951, 32 years prior to the events of the movie. SgtMaj. Choozoo briefly states that their involvement in Heartbreak Ridge was before they joined the USMC ("We joined the Corps later") and that they were in the 23rd Infantry. The 23rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army (as is implied) was involved heavily in WWII and Vietnam, but not in the Korean War, so this is historically wrong.

Grunt527

Correction: They are not talking about the 23rd Infantry Division they are referencing the 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division.

Corrected entry: When the Recon unit lands in Grenada their rifles do not have slings on them. When they get to the fortress and scale the wall all their rifles suddenly have slings on them.

Correction: When the recon team lands on Grenada their rifles have slings.

Corrected entry: The movie takes place in 1983, during the invasion of Grenada in October that year. The battle of Heartbreak Ridge occurred in Sept/Oct 1951. SGM ChooZoo informs Stitch that he, Highway and Stoney Jackson had left the Army after Heartbreak Ridge and joined the Marine Corp. At the time of the invasion of Grenada Highway would have had a total time in service of 32 years, 8 years past mandatory retirement for an E-7.

Correction: Not an E7 who is a CMH winner! They retire when they want to.

Corrected entry: As the recon platoon is heading toward their "ambush" of Major Powers and 1st platoon, Highway tells Jones to "unsling those rifles, and you're making too much noise." Jones starts to unthread his rifle sling from the buckle in order to remove the sling from his rifle. Anyone familiar with the manual of arms (which includes ANYONE who has ever graduated from USMC basic training) knows that to "unsling" a rifle means to take it off your shoulder (from a slung position) and carry it in your hands, ready to use.

Mobrien316

Correction: Not necessarily, I was in the Infantry and we "unslung" and taped our rifles to keep from making too much noise.

Corrected entry: When Highway beats up the Swede, Swede tells Highway "I'll wait outside for the M.P.s, sir". On a Marine base such as Camp Lejeune, the police authority would be the Shore Patrol(S.P.s) not the Army's Military Police, and anyone who's been in the brig as often as The Swede would know that.

Correction: Not sure about 1983, but the MP's are called that, either Military Police or Provost Marshal's Office. MP/PMO. Ran into plenty of them. There are shore patrol, but they would not be taking care of this kind of problem.

Corrected entry: In the movie, after the invasion of Grenada, when Clint Eastwood is directing Mario Van Peebles to get on the bulldozer, he is seen moving the selector on his M16 from "safe" to "auto". Just after Van Peebles gets on the bulldozer, he again moves the selector from "safe" to "auto".

Correction: Many special forces personnel do this at regular intervals as a form of reassurance (check out Andy Mcnabs "Immediate Action" autobiography for a far better and first-person explanation).

Corrected entry: During the second Field Training Exercise, when the Recon Team jumps out of a CH-46 helo, Swede and Gunny Highway paused for a conversation for several seconds while the rest are doing the actual jump. A delay like that would throw them way off the Drop Zone.

Correction: They were never shown landing. There is no time reference so we don't know how long it took them to rejoin the others. It could have been minutes, hours or even days between the scene in the plane and the scene of the platoon together again.

Rlvlk

Corrected entry: Gunny Highway is drunk in the other room while Mario Van Peeble is told how Highway won the "CMH" in the Korean War. He said their platoon sergeant, Stony Jackson, recommended Highway for the award. First, the award is called "The Medal of Honor." There's no "Congressional" in the title. Second, only officers can recommend soldiers for the Medal of Honor. Stony Jackson's rank was that of an NCO.

Correction: The Medal of Honor is also known as the Congressional Medal of Honor; in fact, the official organisation for recipients is called The Congressional Medal of Honor Society. See: http://www.cmohs.org/medal.htm

J I Cohen

Corrected entry: Whenever a Marine Corps unit goes anywhere they are accompanied by a United States Navy Corpsman. So when Profile gets hit a "doc" should have been there to be responsible for medical care. Although Marines are trained in basic injury care, they are still accompanied by a Corpsman per unit.

Correction: Force Recon troops are like Army SF or Navy SEALS. Each trooper has several jobs. So, no corpsman would have accompanied them. However, one of them should have had training equal to a corpsman or better.

Grumpy Scot

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At the very beginning of the film, Gunny Highway learns that he's being reassigned to the 2nd Marine Division. The 2nd Division, located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, is situated on the NC coast; there are no mountains in the immediate vicinity. However, when the Gunny trains his platoon, he does so in the hills of another Marine training camp located in California. There is a big difference between California and North Carolina.

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