Kubrick’s study of war and men’s dehumanization is divided into two parts, the first set in the incubator of Marine boot camp on Parris Island and the latter in the war zones of Vietnam. As the press kit heralds, “In Vietnam the wind doesn’t blow; it sucks.” But the film’s most gut-wrenching horrors occur in the first half, thanks to the regimens imposed by real-life drill instructor Lee Ermey.
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