An Officer and a Gentleman

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the movie, Richard Gere's friend hangs himself in the shower. Notice how many times his friend goes from nude to wearing underwear.

Visible crew/equipment: Near the beginning when the new recruits have arrived & are being harangued by the drill sergeant for the first time, in the shot where he walks along the line of recruits towards the camera you can see the camera dolly tracks on the grass. Then when the angle changes to a long shot you can see the marks left in the grass by the tracks.

Continuity mistake: When Gere removes his dead friend from the shower, take note of how many times the corpse blinks his eyes, and don't tell me it's probably nerves.

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Trivia: Richard Gere admitted that he really had no interest in doing An Officer and a Gentleman. He only did it because he needed money at the time.

Trivia: John Travolta was offered the part of Mayo first but turned it down to get his pilot's license. This is not the first part Travolta gave up and Richard Gere later got: he also gave up the lead in "American Gigolo" (1974). Also, Gere was originally supposed to play Danny in "Grease" (1978).

Trivia: Even though the film shows a different man behind the glass, the PA Voice in the pressure chamber is that of Ed Begley Jr.

William Bergquist

Foley: You can forget it! You're out.
Mayo: Don't you do it! Don't! You... I got nowhere else to go! I got nowhere else to g... I got nothin' else.

Foley: Wave good-bye to your buddies, Mayonnaise! Oh, I forgot. You don't have any buddies, do you? Only customers.

Foley: In every class, there's always one joker who thinks that he's smarter than me. In this class, that happens to be you. Isn't it, Mayonnaise?

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