An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win...and a woman to love.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1982-07-28
  • User Rating: 7.0/10 from 1065 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 4min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Taylor Hackford
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Zack Mayo is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley. Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.

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  • Richard Gere

    as Zack Mayo
  • Debra Winger

    as Paula Pokrifki
  • Louis Gossett Jr.

    as Sergeant Emil Foley
  • David Keith

    as Sid Worley
  • Robert Loggia

    as Byron Mayo
  • Lisa Blount

    as Lynette Pomeroy
  • Lisa Eilbacher

    as Casey Seeger
  • Harold Sylvester

    as Perryman
  • David Caruso

    as Topper Daniels
  • Grace Zabriskie

    as Esther Pokrifiki
  • Tony Plana

    as Emiliano Della Serra
  • Victor French

    as Joe Pokrifki
  • Tommy Petersen

    as Young Zack
  • Mara Scott-Wood

    as Bunny
  • David Greenfield

    as Schneider
  • Dennis Rucker

    as Donny
  • Jane Wilbur

    as Nellie Rufferwell
  • Buck Welcher

    as Thraxton
  • Vern Taylor

    as Tom Worley
  • Elizabeth Rogers

    as Betty Worley
  • David R. Marshall

    as Drill Instructor #1
  • Gary C. Stillwell

    as Drill Instructor #2
  • John Laughlin

    as Troy
  • Tee Dennard

    as Dilbert Dunker Instructor
  • Norbert M. Murray

    as Altitude Chamber Instructor
  • Daniel Tyler

    as New Recruit
  • William S. Graves

    as Captain Graves
  • Pia Boyer

    as Paula's Sister
  • Danna Kiesel

    as Paula's Sister
  • Meleesa Wyatt

    as Prostitute #1
  • Jo Anna Keane

    as Prostitute #2
  • Bernard Madrid

    as Platoon Member (uncredited)
  • Randy Tat

    as New Recruit (uncredited)
  • Ed Begley Jr.

    as Altitude Chamber Instructor
Production Martin Elfand Producer
Sound Jack Nitzsche Original Music Composer
Writing Douglas Day Stewart Screenplay
Camera Donald E. Thorin Director of Photography
Directing Taylor Hackford Director
Art Philip M. Jefferies Production Design
Production Nancy Klopper Casting
Production Robert Schneider Unit Production Manager
Production Paul G. Hensler Location Manager
Art James L. Berkey Set Decoration
Editing Peter Zinner Editor
Art John V. Cartwright Art Direction
Directing Mary Ann Newfield Script Supervisor
Production Douglas Day Stewart Associate Producer
Production William R. Borden Location Manager
Art Dan Perri Title Designer
Art Erik L. Nelson Property Master
Production Merv Adelson Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Jerry O'Dell Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Marina Pedraza Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Jim Gillespie Makeup Artist
Directing Pamela M. Eilerson Second Assistant Director
Directing Daniel J. Heffner Second Assistant Director
Directing David McGiffert First Assistant Director
Art Eugene S. Kelley Construction Coordinator
Sound Noyan Cosarer Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Don Coufal Boom Operator
Sound Don Digirolamo Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Robert Glass Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Robert Knudson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Clive Smith Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer
Sound Kitty Malone Foley Artist
Crew Crew Chamberlain Cableman
Crew Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Crew Samuel M. Pace Stunts
Crew Jason Randal Stunts
Lighting James F. Boyle Gaffer
Camera Earl Clark Camera Production Assistant
Camera Dick Colean Camera Operator
Camera Daniel R. Jordan Key Grip
Camera John Earl Burnett Second Assistant Camera
Camera Carol McCullough Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Rita Riggs Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Laurie Riley Costume Supervisor
Editing Priscilla Nedd-Friendly Associate Editor
Editing Sonny Baskin Assistant Editor