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"What is your major malfunction, numbnuts?" is one of the more printable epithets hurled by Marine sergeant R. Lee Ermey at new recruits (i.e., "maggots") Matthew Modine, Arliss Howard and main whipping boy Vincent D'Onofrio in Stanley Kubrick's impressively intense exploration of soldiering and warfare, their nightmarish realities and psychological toll. After the harrowing experience of boot camp, Modine and company exchange one hell for another when they see action in Vietnam (improbably recreated in the English countryside by the travel-averse Kubrick). DIR/SCR/PROD Stanley Kubrick; SCR Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford, from his novel "The Short-Timers." U.S., 1987, color, 116 min. RATED R
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