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Solid adaptation of Anthony Swofford's memoir is not so much an anti-war film as an absence-of-war film. Gyllenhaal is excellent as "Swoff," a Marine recruit trained as a sniper and sent to fight in the first Gulf War. Only when he gets there, there's no fighting, just waiting and preparing. Mendes's deft touch is put to good use in showing the frustration and boredom of the Marines, using other war movies as touchstones and keeping politics in the background while focusing on the characters. The drawback of this approach is that the audience becomes just as frustrated as the soldiers with all the inaction.

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Available on Running time 122 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

War, General, Desert War/Foreign Legion, Persian Gulf War, Military: Marines, Action-Drama, Middle East, Anti-War War Movies, Adultery, Sniper
William Broyles
Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Lucas Black, Brian Geraghty, Jacob Vargas, Laz Alonso, Evan Jones, Ivan Fenyo, Chris Cooper, Dennis Haysbert, Scott MacDonald, Jamie Foxx, Jamie Martz, Kareem Grimes, Peter Gail, Jocko Sims, John Krasinski
Roger Deakins
Sam Mendes
Thomas Newman
Willie Burton, Walter Murch, Albert Wolsky, Dennis Gassner
Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, Universal

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I love this movie! Anthony "Swoff" Swofford enlists in the Marines in the late 1980s. He malingers during boot camp, but makes it through as a sniper, paired with the usually-reliable Troy. The Gulf War breaks out, and his unit goes to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield. After 175 days of boredom, adrenaline, heat, worry about his girl-fiend finding someone else, losing it and nearly killing a mate, demotion, latrine cleaning, faulty gas masks, and desert football, Desert Storm begins. In less than five days, it's over, but not before Swoff sees burned bodies, flaming oil derricks, an oil-drenched horse, and maybe a chance at killing. Also, he loses his girl.

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Jarhead came out to DVD in 2005. The movie has a running time of 122 minutes and is definitely a war film. I don’t recommend this movie for children. Jarhead has a rating of R for language, violence, and sexual content. A group of marines are sent to fight in the First Gulf War. A sniper named Swoff gets there and finds that there’s no fighting going on. They just have to sit and wait.