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An Officer and a Gentleman

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Original title
An Officer and a Gentleman
Running time
125 min.
United States United States
Douglas Day Stewart
Jack Nitzsche
Donald Thorin
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Lorimar Film Entertainment / Paramount Pictures
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Army. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
Zack Mayo (Richard Gere) has nothing--the son of an alcoholic, indifferent military father, hes grown up in the Philippines living on top of a brothel. But after college he decides he wants more and, despite his fathers mockery, enrolls in the navys Officer Candidate School to become a jet pilot. His sergeant, brilliantly played by Louis Gossett Jr., makes his life a living hell from day one, but Zack wont quit. The candidates are warned to stay away from the local girls looking for naval husbands, but Zack and his bunkmate, Sid (David Keith), find themselves falling for two friends, Paula (Debra Winger) and Lynette (Lisa Blount), who work at the local paper mill. Zack fights his feelings for Paula, determined to let nothing sway him from his goals. But as the hellish weeks of training go by, Zack begins to see that maybe he cant do it alone--and that whats getting him through are his friends in the ranks, and the girl hes been pushing away. Widely acclaimed at the time of its release, director Taylor Hackfords inspiring film is a romance for the ages.
1982: 2 Academy Awards: Best Supp. Actor (Louis Gossett Jr.), Song. 6 Nominations
1982: 2 Golden Globes: Supporting Actor (Louis Gossett Jr.), Song. 8 Nominations
1983: BAFTA Awards: Best Original Song (Up Where We Belong). Nominated for Best OST
1982: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Drama Screenplay
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