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1990s, Combat

G.I. Jane (1997)

Duration 2h 5m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script David Twohy, Danielle Alexandra (Story by Danielle Alexandra)
Additional Info The senior instructor on the course is known as “Master Chief”. It was an odd title so I looked into it. In fact it is a title for a single NCO in the US Navy whose task is to act as a conduit between the enlisted men and the admirals.
Director Ridley Scott
Starring Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Jason Beghe, Morris Chestnut, Jim Caviezel
Elevator Pitch To advance the cause of women in the armed services, a female senator manages to have a female lieutenant, who had applied for active service in the Gulf War, but who had been turned down, selected for elite SEAL type training. The lieutenant survives the brutal regime where others fail, but becomes a pawn in political dealigs back in Washington. When she is withdrawn from the training against her wishes she must manage to be reinstated, and complete the course. Will she achieve her objective?
Content Almost the whole film taken up with the extreme boot camp which is the SEAL type training, you know how it goes. Some extreme violence ( considered by some to be far beyond what would be legal), some time in the smoke filled rooms in Washington, and a fire fight in the Libyan desert. A lot of smoking, some drinking, no sex but a bit of snogging and some almost nudity.
A View Some aspects of this movie are relentessly unpleasant which I found quite difficult to watch, and if anything, since the whole theme is will this woman survive the training, a bit of a thin plot, with the politics stuck in to try to give it another dimension. Despite the director’s ability as a choreographer of firefights the finale makes no sense. So I suggest that unless you want to see Demi Moore being beaten up, choose something else.

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