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  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    Filming Full Metal Jacket

    Kubrick shot the film in England: in Cambridgeshire, on the Norfolk Broads, and at the former Millennium Mills and Beckton Gas Works, Newham (east London). A former RAF and then British Army base, Bassingbourn Barracks, doubled as the Parris Island Marine boot camp.[8] A British Army rifle range near Barton, outside Cambridge, was used in the scene where Private Pyle is congratulated on his shooting skills by Hartman. The disused Beckton Gas Works, on the Isle of Dogs a few miles from central London, portrayed the ruined city of Huế. Kubrick worked from still photographs of Huế taken in 1968 and found an area owned by British Gas that closely resembled it and was scheduled to be demolished.[11] To achieve this look, Kubrick had buildings blown up and the film's art director used a wrecking ball to knock specific holes in certain buildings over the course of two months.[11] Originally, Kubrick had a plastic replica jungle flown in from California but once he looked at it was reported to have said, "I don't like it. Get rid of it."[14] The open country is Cliffe marshes, also on the Thames, with 200 imported Spanish palm trees[7] and 100,000 plastic tropical plants from Hong Kong.[11]

    Kubrick acquired four M41 tanks from a Belgian army colonel (a fan), and Sikorsky H-34 Choctaw helicopters (actually Westland Wessex painted Marine green). Although the Wessex was a licensed derivative of the Sikorsky H-34, the Wessex substituted two gas turbine engines for the H-34's radial (piston) engine. This resulted in a much longer and less rounded nose than that of the Vietnam era H-34. Kubrick also obtained a selection of rifles, M79 grenade launchers and M60 machine guns from a licensed weapons dealer.[8]

    Modine described the shoot as difficult: the filming location for Vietnam, Beckton Gas Works, was a toxic and environmental nightmare for the entire film crew. Asbestos and hundreds of chemicals poisoned the earth and air. Modine documents details of shooting at Beckton in his book, Full Metal Jacket Diary. During the 'Boot Camp' sequence of the film, Modine and the other recruits had to endure the rigors of Marine Corp training, including having Ermey yelling at them for ten hours a day during the shooting of the Parris Island scenes. For film continuity, each recruit had to have his head shaved once a week.[15]
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • PhescadorPhescador Posts: 3,837 Captain
    Also it wasn't bankrolled and "produced" by the DoD....which is probably why it was good. My favorite scene of any movie, ever....

    I ain't no anti-military "lib type"....I can see through most BS though, especially well disguised advertising, that you the taxpayer pay for

    "I done got me 157 dead gooks killed...dem's all certified"

    Pvt. Joker: "How can you shoot women and children?"

    Crazy Door Gunner: "You just don't lead 'em so much."

    Haha....favorite movie quote of all time.
    Ewe Inn Joy Mice Elf.
  • 2centsworth2centsworth Posts: 1,220 Officer
    Do as my wife and I do, buy the tickets gift cards at Costco (15.00) for two. Pick up 2 20oz drinks from Costco (1.50 for 2), stop by the publics for chocolate covered almonds (2.00) go to theater and pick up Popcorn only (maybe 7 or eight dollars). Total expense around 25 bucks. still expensive but I can't get the wifey to drop the Pop corn.
    Original member 3093. Sign on date August 23, 2001
  • PONCEPONCE Posts: 5,946 Admiral
    Mags it kicked tail , Precision my Man bandito2.jpg
  • magotmagot Posts: 6,638 Admiral
    PONCE wrote: »
    Mags it kicked tail , Precision my Man bandito2.jpg

    Yes it did, Ponce. Don't know what these naysayer Libs are thinking. Oh yeah, they didn't watch it.
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