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An Officer and a Gentleman

  R HD Closed Captioning

Taylor Hackford

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Plot Summary

Loner Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) enters Officer Candidate School to become a Navy pilot and in thirteen tortuous weeks he learns the importance of discipline, love and friendship. Louis Gossett, Jr. won an Academy Award* for his brilliant portrayal of the tough drill instructor who teaches Zack that no man can make it alone. And while Gossett tries to warn the young officer about the local girls who will do anything to catch themselves pilot husbands, Zack eventually learns to love one (Debra Winger) while his fellow candidate, a memorable character portrayed by David Keith, struggles with a very different fate.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 27
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A conventional but hugely compelling drama. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 31, 2013

Rotten: It is full of bang-on melodramatics and simple, romanticized characters with carefully supplied motivations. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jul 31, 2013

Fresh: Rarely does a film come along with so many finely-drawn characters to care about. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 31, 2013

Fresh: An Officer and a Gentleman is the best movie about love that I've seen in a long time. Maybe that's because it's not about "love" as a Hollywood concept, but about love as growth, as learning to accept other people for who and what they are. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 31, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the Best

One of the most engrossing and uplifting films ever made... and a hot date movie to boot. ;-) Old-fashioned love story brought irresistably to life, thanks to top-notch performances by Gere, Winger, Keith, and Gossett, Jr. Chock-filled with memorable scenes and diologue, and an unforgettable climax that will have you crying and cheering all at once. A definite Five-Star flick. Ohhh-rah!!

Great movie, Best ending.

This movie is so sweet. There are sad parts, yes, but they're real. This is one of the best romance movies there is, and it is not to be missed.

Worth watching even if just for Gere

I own this movie on dvd and i find myself watching it at least once a month. just can't get enough of Gere and Winger. Great movie Great cast i really recomend buying this on itunes and/or dvd

An Officer and a Gentleman
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1982

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