How much do you remember about the intense war movie Full Metal Jacket?

By: John Miller
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How much do you remember about the intense war movie Full Metal Jacket?
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About This Quiz

If you are a movie buff, especially a war movie buff, you will probably remember the iconic war film, Full Metal Jacket. If this is one of your favorite movies, then this quiz is for you. Let's find out how much you remember about the movie.

Full Metal Jacket, released in the summer of 1987, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, starred Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Adam Baldwin. The film was released to critical acclaim and continues to garner mostly rave reviews from viewers even though the film's $30 million budget only parlayed into just over $45 million at the box office (in North America along with an Academy Award nomination).

Full Metal Jacket is based on the book, The Short Timers, a semi-autobiographical novel by Gustav Hasford, and was based on his time as a Marine Corps combat correspondent during the Vietnam War. Like many novels that have been adapted for the big screen, readers will recognize that some parts of the novel have been changed and/or omitted for film. But, whether you read the book, then saw the movie, or saw the movie, then read the book, most people agree that both the book and the movie are worth exploring.

Let's find out how much you remember about the movie, Full Metal Jacket.

"Full Metal Jacket" is a movie about which historical conflict?
American Civil War
World War II
Vietnam War
"Full Metal Jacket" is a gut-wrenching film that takes place during the Vietnam War. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, of "A Clockwork Orange" fame.

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The movie follows a group of new recruits in which branch of the military?
Marines
The film begins as we follow the hardcore training regimen of a group of new U.S. Marines. Per standard protocol, they have their heads shaved, and then the yelling begins.
Navy
Air Force

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Gunnery Sgt. Hartman particularly dislikes a Pvt. Leonard Lawrence. Why?
He's always running around naked
He's overweight and slow
Hartman has a particular disdain for Lawrence, whom he dubs "Gomer Pyle," because's overweight and a bit mentally slow. He practically brutalizes poor Leonard.
He has a face tattoo

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What's James' first real task as squad leader?
Shooting Mao Zedong
Whipping Leonard into shape
James gets the honor of squad leader. Hartman immediately instructs him to whip the overweight Pyle into shape. It's a nearly impossible task, and Hartman knows it.
Negotiating peace talks

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During barracks inspections, what does Hartman find in the overweight Pyle's foot locker?
A doughnut
Hartman finds a jelly doughnut in Pyle's foot locker. Infuriated, he decides to make everyone pay the price for this violation of the rules.
A raw steak
A selection of oranges and rare tropical fruits

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Hartman finds a doughnut in Pyle's foot locker and decides to punish the rest of the men for this infraction. How does the rest of the platoon respond?
They kick their beds and go, "Aw, shucks."
They laugh and cheer
They mercilessly attack Pyle
The other men are incensed that they are paying the price for Pyle's stupidity. They attack him and beat him. Even Joker (reluctantly) joins in the horrific attack.

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How does Joker know that Pyle is slowly losing his grasp on reality?
He drinks gasoline and lights a cigarette
He eats his blanket
He talks to his rifle
Pyle begins talking to his rifle. Joker is no psychologist, but he can see that Pyle is going insane and that no one is going to step in and help the poor soldier.

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Once training is complete, the men receive their specialty assignments. What's Joker's assignment?
Nuclear arms
Journalism
Joker gets off relatively easy -- he's given a journalism speciality. The other men? They get stuck in the infantry, meaning there's a good chance they'll see combat overseas.
Scary war clown

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After training is complete, Pyle has a mental meltdown. In the middle of the night, he loads a rifle and does what?
Shoots a local cow
Kills Hartman
Hartman confronts Pyle about having a loaded rifle in the middle of the night. Pyle recites military codes and then shoots and kills Hartman. Then, Pyle kills himself.
Kisses his rifle

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After Hartman's killing, the movie's storyline flashes forward. Where is Joker?
In Vietnam
The movie jumps forward to January 1968. Joker is now in Vietnam, and the North Vietnamese are making a push towards the Americans and their allies.
In a school for the deaf
back home in the U.S. of A.

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One morning during training Hartman becomes angry with James after quizzing him about which topic?
Puppies
The Virgin Mary
The very religious Hartman repeatedly asks James if he believes in the Virgin Mary. James is an atheist and refuses to kowtow to his commanding officer's beliefs.
Math

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How does Pyle respond to the beating from his fellow troops?
He really does get into shape
Pyle responds by becoming one of the best Marines in the squad. But there's a serious downside. He is mentally broken, and he's slowly losing his mind.
He drops out of the Marines
He shoots Joker in the face

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Joker and Rafterman (a combat photographer) are sent to cover fighting in the area. What happens during their helicopter ride?
They play a merry game of poker
The helicopter door gunner shoots innocent civilians
Insanity is just part of Vietnam. The chopper's door gunner goes nuts, shooting innocent civilians on the ground. Joker doesn't even know how to absorb the awful incident.
The pilot offers them weed

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One soldier makes fun of Joker for wearing a peace symbol while also having the phrase _______ on his helmet.
"Born to Kill"
Joker has the phrase "Born to Kill" on his helmet. When a soldier asks him how he can wear a peace symbol while also advertising that violent phrase, he mutters something about the duality of humankind.
"Born to Party"
"Born to Kill, and also to Party"

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When Rasterman and Joker arrive at their new camp, they are ordered to investigate what?
A prostitution ring
An alleged massacre
The higher ups always want more fuel for propaganda. They order Rasterman and Joker to investigates an alleged North Vietnamese massacre. They wind up witnessing a mass grave filled with bodies.
A lover's triangle

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Joker is reunited with Cowboy's unit, the "Lusthog Squad." What are the squad's orders?
They are heading to battle
Cowboy's unit is bound for battle. And this time, Joker is going with them.
They are supposed to dig latrines
They are discharged and the movie ends

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The squad is redeployed into another battle zone, where they encounter what?
A group of enemy soldiers who appear to be large, venomous snakes
Another toy bunny, but bigger
A sniper
The men are blasted by an unseen sniper. Cowboy tells the men to withdraw, but one machine gunner, angered by all of the death, charges forward instead.

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With Crazy Earl now dead, Cowboy's in charge. How does he feel about that?
He's happy for the pay raise
"Yeehaw!"
He really does not want to be in charge
Cowboy wants nothing to do with leading men into battle. But thanks to attrition and death, he's now the man in charge, whether he likes it or not.

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While walking through the ruins, Crazy Earl is drawn to which object?
A toy bunny
Crazy Earl picks up an abandoned toy bunny. Unfortunately, the bunny is a booby trap, and once Earl grabs it, it explodes and kills him.
A water balloon station
A clown booth

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After Cowboy dies, the Americans again scramble to find the sniper. Joker finds the sniper. Who is it?
A young girl
After all of the chaos, the deadly sniper turns out to be a young girl. She's been mortally wounded by American troops.
An elderly woman
Stanley Kubrick

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The young girl sniper is mortally wounded but clearly wants one last thing of the Americans. What is it?
She wants more bullets so that she can kill the rest of them
She wants them to kill her
The girl wants the troops to kill her. She knows she's dying and wants to be put out of her misery.
She wants them to give her a whole pack of cigarettes, pronto

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Who is the star of "Full Metal Jacket"?
Keanu Reeves
Matthew Modine
In this 1987 film, it is Matthew Modine who plays the private at the center of the action. His name is James Davis.
Cary Grant

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The movie took nearly a whole year to film because of a problem with R. Lee Ermey. What happened to him?
He had a psychotic breakdown
He was in a terrible car wreck
Emery was in a severe car wreck and suffered numerous broken bones. Filming was delayed for months while he healed.
He ran away from home

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As the angry American machine gunner runs toward the sniper, his comrades follow. Then what happens?
Cowboy shoots one of his own men
Cowboy is killed
The situation is perilous and the sniper is safe in a hideout, and as the Americans bicker, he shoots Cowboy. The Texan dies in Joker's arms.
Joker is wild

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What do the other soldiers say after Joker shoots the girl?
"You missed! Just kidding."
They congratulate him for his first kill
The other soldiers sarcastically congratulate Joker on his first war kill. Joker seems traumatized by this ugly turn of events.
They say that Joker can now go home

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It's left to Joker to finish off the sniper. What does he do?
He walks the other way
He shoots her
The young woman is suffering and Joker knows her time has come. He draws his side arm and kills her.
He says, "Tough luck" and lights a cigarette

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James Davis is a raw recruit. How does he respond to the harsh treatment by Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, played by R. Lee Ermey?
He scoffs behind Hartman's back
James scoffs behind Hartman's back ... but Hartman knows. He takes to calling James the "Joker."
He violently attacks Hartman
He cries incessantly

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How is Joker feeling about life at the end of the movie?
He's happy to be alive
Joker recognizes the awfulness that he's experienced. But even still, he's just happy to somehow still be alive.
He's sad and cries a lot
He can't wait to kill more children

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The Lusthog's squad leader (Lt. Touchdown) is killed in a firefight. What's the name of the man who is now in charge?
Insane Jimmy
Crazy Earl
With Lt. Touchdown dead, it's up to Crazy Earl to step up and lead the men of Lusthog. But his time as commanding officer doesn't last long.
Earl of Duke

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How does Hartman respond to James' refusal to believe in the Virgin Mary?
He makes him squad leader
Hartman is impressed with James' convictions and willingness to stand up for his beliefs. He makes James a squad leader.
He kicks him out of the Marines
He beats him

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