A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive .
|nudity||Lots of dialogue about various sexual topics and acts. One soldier pulls out his penis (not shown, but talks about it) in order to entice a Vietnamese hooker. Some sexual insults from the drill sergeant|
|violence||A lot of war violence, including frequent shooting. The more graphic instances are mentioned below: A man kills his drill sergeant, blood sprays. A man kills himself with a rifle on-screen in an intense and emotional sequence.|
|profanity||80 or so uses of "fuck" ( some used sexually ) and 22 of "shit" (along with at least 5 uses of "bullshit" and 1 use of "shitty"), along with at least 5 uses of "ass," 11 of "asshole" and "hell," 5 of "son of a bitch," 1 of "Jesus Christ," 1 use of "whore," Most of the language is used in the first half of the movie Derogatory terms for African Americans, the Vietnamese, Italians and Jews.|
|alcohol||Several scenes with people smoking cigarettes. A scene in which soliders are in their bunks smoking pot. Brief and not graphic.|
|frightening||The first 45 minutes of the film are intense because of boot camp training. Families attempting to flee Vietnam are shot at from a helicopter and then joked about. The dehumanization of soldiers is a key theme throughout the movie, being shown to varying degrees. This is a classic, intense, emotional movie. It is good for older teenagers and up, if they are mature enough to handle it.|