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An Officer and a Gentleman was made in 1982 It stars Richard Gere as Zack Mayo Debra Winger as Paula Pokrifki and Louis Gossett Jr as Sgt Emil Foley I think that the cast is amazing Louis Gosset Jr won best supporting actor for his role and Debra Winger was nominated for best supporting actress for hers I think that this movie was a good jumping off point for Richard Gere his work in this movie was great I think that it was a great movie for its time It definitely couldnt be done now because we are too caught up with special effects I am a hopeless romantic so for me this movie stands out for its romantic qualities more than anything else I think that the reason An Officer and a Gentleman will be one of those movies that will last forever is because a good story will last forever and as long as there are hopeless romantics in the world these types of stories will last for all time Zack Mayo is the unwanted son of a sailor father also an alcoholic and womanizer Mayo has had it less than fair his mother killed herself when he was just a boy He was then sent to live with his father in the Philippine Islands on top of a brothel After graduating from college Mayo decides to join the Naval Officer Candidate School despite his fathers mockery to be a jet pilot When he joins he is a loner he cares only about himself He has no friends no girlfriend and feels that he can do everything by himself His drill instructor Sgt Emil Foley shows him that he lacks character Through a couple of their encounters Mayo realizes that Sgt Foley is right and begins to change himself It is not only Sgt Foley that helps him discover himself Throughout the thirteen-week training he becomes good friends with his bunkmate Sid
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