Full Metal Jacket: Filmed In Britain!

#1
Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket was entirely filmed in Britain, I found out this becouse the Choppers were British Westland Wessex's which is a licenced copy of the US Sikorsky H-34 Seabat/Seahorse/Choctaw.

Bassingbourne Barracks was used for the 'Parris Island Boot Camp' scenes
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tom.ingham/WebSite/AssaultCourse.htm

Beckton Gas Works was used for the Vietnam scenes, The Chopper shooting was filmed in the Norfolk Broads
http://www.sawnoff.demon.co.uk/FMJ pics.htm
 
#2
No sh1t sherlock.

Take it when you were watching it you didn't see that the road markings were on "our" side of the road, nor the Bedford 4 tonner in the background of the assualt course scene....

Or read the credits at the end which clearly state where they filmed ie bassingbourne.

next.
 
#3
Has it really taken you 19 years to unearth these well known facts?

Are you in the SIB?
 
#4
Well done, you. Well done.
 
#5
Lee Emery really was a Gunny Sgt. too!
 
#6
And it was about the US Marine Corps in Basic and in Vietnam.
 
#7
And the sergeant wasn't very polite to the lads... 8O
 
#8
chocolate_frog said:
And it was about the US Marine Corps in Basic and in Vietnam.
Now that's just crazy talk...!
 
#9
You better square your ass away and start shitting me Tiffany cufflinks!
 
#11
purple_foot said:
Random_Task said:
Lee Emery really was a Gunny Sgt. too!
No he wasn't. The highest rank he got to was Staff Sergeant.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000388/bio
Actually you could argue he was, read that page a bit closer, lower down in the Trvia area it says

Although he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
 
#13
wellyhead said:
purple_foot said:
Random_Task said:
Lee Emery really was a Gunny Sgt. too!
No he wasn't. The highest rank he got to was Staff Sergeant.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000388/bio
Actually you could argue he was, read that page a bit closer, lower down in the Trvia area it says

Although he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Aye, because that's the same as having done it for real. :roll:
 
#14
Just like the Green Berets had a statue of John Wayne in a "The Green Berets" pose, even though he hadn't been in the Green Berets.
 
#15
As a little anecdotal aside, a PSI at my former UOTC listed among his limited credits appearing in the film. He and some of his oppos were comandeered to make up the extras for the assault course type scenes on Parris Island - he was RLC badged but not sure if he was in basic or not at that point.

Anyone else got a claim to fame?
 
#16
After the film was released the marines had to "reassess" the way in which marines are trained for fears of recruiting numbers being damaged by people being scared off by the film.
 
#17
purple_foot said:
wellyhead said:
purple_foot said:
Random_Task said:
Lee Emery really was a Gunny Sgt. too!
No he wasn't. The highest rank he got to was Staff Sergeant.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000388/bio
Actually you could argue he was, read that page a bit closer, lower down in the Trvia area it says

Although he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Aye, because that's the same as having done it for real. :roll:
Well, he is a combat vet, and he's actively supported the Corps for years (even to this day he's visited troops in the field and in hospitals).

And besides, he's Gunny Hartman, he can be whatever rank he wants :wink:

 
#18
spike7451 said:
And was'nt the Vietnam scene filmed on the site of a old disussed industrial estate/Power Station in London,I believe.
Your right,
It was filmed near the river Thames around some waste land near Becton and the City of London Airport, however alot has changed, as it is now all been re-developed into swanky apartments and riverside living.
 

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#19
I believe that a certain ex-MOD claimed to have had a starring (aka extra) role in this film. Line up in the aviation forum for an autograph. :lol:
 
#20
Chief_Joseph said:
purple_foot said:
wellyhead said:
purple_foot said:
Random_Task said:
Lee Emery really was a Gunny Sgt. too!
No he wasn't. The highest rank he got to was Staff Sergeant.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000388/bio
Actually you could argue he was, read that page a bit closer, lower down in the Trvia area it says

Although he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
Aye, because that's the same as having done it for real. :roll:
Well, he is a combat vet, and he's actively supported the Corps for years (even to this day he's visited troops in the field and in hospitals).

And besides, he's Gunny Hartman, he can be whatever rank he wants :wink:

Another personal friend of yours is he?

Buy a copy of Soldier Magazine and pull your wire over that instead of ARRSE, unless of course that is your persuasion.
 

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