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Otherwise forgettable 'Nam movie had it not been for the performance par excellence of a certain R Lee Ermey. Ermey played the part of a USMC drill pig whipping some nigs in to shape for a tour of Vietnam. Ermey's performance was mainly due to him being an ex-marine DI, he was not attually cast for the roll but was brought in as adviser on the boot camp, but after Kubrick saw a video tape of Emery in actio, where he hurled insults and abuse for 15 minutes without repation and while being hit with tennis balls, Kubrick decied to put him to the postion. Shot in two acts: USMC Depot Parris Island (actually Bassingbourn) and Hue (actually Milton Keynes), it's certainly worth a look in if you haven't already seen it - or been to Milton Keynes. 'Steers 'n' queers?' Priceless!

R Lee popped up on a Texan sport radio station (1310 The Ticket) as an unofficial 'analyst' of Gulf War II. He was asked how he viewed the (then unpopular) anti-war movement which included such notables as Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore. His reply included ...kicking Moore in his fat face till his whole family was hurting is played to this day as a humorous 'drop'.

The film was directed by Stanley Kubrick, and this was his pernotamate. It details the life of Privte Joker, he does have a real name but I don't have the film to hand. Who is played by Matthew Modine. Who goes from boot camp to being sent out to Vietnam and how the lives of these young men are affected by what the witness. The tag line for this film is 'In Vietnam The Wind Doesn't Blow It Sucks' which I would guess would where we get the informous Welcome to the Suck, paralles can be drawn between this film and Jarhead.

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