Full Metal Jacket-RCT?

#1
At work yesterday and someone shot off a line from this film "I didn't realize they stacked shit that high" and one of the office wallah's says that her husband must've watched it 20 times or so and knew all the dialogue etc. This got me thinking back in time to the late 80's, a year or so after the film's release, when i was stationed in Londonderry and we were having problems keeping APV's upright, and so RCT drivers were brought in to drive for us. Talking to one of these lads, he said that part of this film was filmed at the RCT training depot and that some recruits were used as extras, specifically the bit where the drill sergeant is talking about marksmanship and Lee Harvey Oswald being an ex marine, I was also led to believe that the fighting scenes in the film were done on the 'isle of dogs?' Were any arrsers at the RCT depot mid to late 80's and can confirm this? thanks.
 
#2
I can go one better.

I was the Gook Sniper at the end.
 
#3
Closet_Jibber said:
I can go one better.

I was the Gook Sniper at the end.
Of course you were. :D :D :D

MsG
 
#5
sawdogxix said:
watch out for the "prime alabama black snake" ooo-er!! too beaucoup!!
Yes I was him too.

And the Gook Pimp.


It was a busy time!
 
#7
Bassingbourne for the first half, Beckton - East London for the second half. The helicopters were Crab Wessex HC2's.
 
#8
Closet_Jibber said:
sawdogxix said:
watch out for the "prime alabama black snake" ooo-er!! too beaucoup!!
Yes I was him too.

And the Gook Pimp.


It was a busy time!
Not as busy as it was for Morrisey, whilst leading the Smiths up the charts, he was also spraying his M60 up Hamburger Hill!
 
#10
sawdogxix said:
At work yesterday and someone shot off a line from this film "I didn't realize they stacked s*** that high" and one of the office wallah's says that her husband must've watched it 20 times or so and knew all the dialogue etc. This got me thinking back in time to the late 80's, a year or so after the film's release, when i was stationed in Londonderry and we were having problems keeping APV's upright, and so RCT drivers were brought in to drive for us. Talking to one of these lads, he said that part of this film was filmed at the RCT training depot and that some recruits were used as extras, specifically the bit where the drill sergeant is talking about marksmanship and Lee Harvey Oswald being an ex marine, I was also led to believe that the fighting scenes in the film were done on the 'isle of dogs?' Were any arrsers at the RCT depot mid to late 80's and can confirm this? thanks.
I remember it well. Something to do with running over one of our own blokes. Resulted in RCT/RLC driving APCs from then on. When will it happen in the 'Stan?

Difference is that we won't have the manpower like we had for NI.
 
#11
Bubbles_Barker said:
sawdogxix said:
At work yesterday and someone shot off a line from this film "I didn't realize they stacked s*** that high" and one of the office wallah's says that her husband must've watched it 20 times or so and knew all the dialogue etc. This got me thinking back in time to the late 80's, a year or so after the film's release, when i was stationed in Londonderry and we were having problems keeping APV's upright, and so RCT drivers were brought in to drive for us. Talking to one of these lads, he said that part of this film was filmed at the RCT training depot and that some recruits were used as extras, specifically the bit where the drill sergeant is talking about marksmanship and Lee Harvey Oswald being an ex marine, I was also led to believe that the fighting scenes in the film were done on the 'isle of dogs?' Were any arrsers at the RCT depot mid to late 80's and can confirm this? thanks.
I remember it well. Something to do with running over one of our own blokes. Resulted in RCT/RLC driving APCs from then on. When will it happen in the 'Stan?

Difference is that we won't have the manpower like we had for NI.
Yes bubbles, a mixture of youth, adrenaline, 3.5 V8, top heavy vehicle and sh*t brakes, was a tw*t if you were the top cover when it rolled, no serious injuries in my mob though thank fcuk!!
 
#12
We took over in W Belfast in the late 80s and I seem to remember the outgoing mob losing a chap who was top cover when one rolled. I think it was just off the Crum Rd roundabout?
 
#13
The Basic phase of Full Metal Jacket was filmed at Bassingbourn, Depot Queens Division as it was then (Around 87?). A Recruit Platoon was taken out of training, dressed in 60s US utilities and given M14s to run around with for a few weeks. The Platoons were made up of Anglians, Fusiliers, Queens and Pioneer Corps. Also on the perimeter track there was a movie set of a Nam checkpoint (complete with palm trees in skips)

The helis used were not RAF, but Bristows-owned and operated Westland Wessex. This wasn't as crap as many people thought, as the Marines in Vietnam used the Sikorsky Choctaw as their UH. The Wessex is basically an up-engined Choctaw with a big chin! One continuity error on the movie was the flight sequence. The action is going on in a Wessex, but the shadow zipping across the paddy fields is of a Bell Jet Ranger.


Around the same time a couple of music videos were filmed in the drill hangars. Don't ask me which ones, I can't remember!
 
#14
Themanwho said:
The Basic phase of Full Metal Jacket was filmed at Bassingbourn, Depot Queens Division as it was then (Around 87?). A Recruit Platoon was taken out of training, dressed in 60s US utilities and given M14s to run around with for a few weeks. The Platoons were made up of Anglians, Fusiliers, Queens and Pioneer Corps. Also on the perimeter track there was a movie set of a Nam checkpoint (complete with palm trees in skips)

The helis used were not RAF, but Bristows-owned and operated Westland Wessex. This wasn't as crap as many people thought, as the Marines in Vietnam used the Sikorsky Choctaw as their UH. The Wessex is basically an up-engined Choctaw with a big chin! One continuity error on the movie was the flight sequence. The action is going on in a Wessex, but the shadow zipping across the paddy fields is of a Bell Jet Ranger.


Around the same time a couple of music videos were filmed in the drill hangars. Don't ask me which ones, I can't remember!
Didn't the producers leave that lovely assault course there for the lads to play with after filming was done ??
 

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#15
saintstone said:
Themanwho said:
The Basic phase of Full Metal Jacket was filmed at Bassingbourn, Depot Queens Division as it was then (Around 87?). A Recruit Platoon was taken out of training, dressed in 60s US utilities and given M14s to run around with for a few weeks. The Platoons were made up of Anglians, Fusiliers, Queens and Pioneer Corps. Also on the perimeter track there was a movie set of a Nam checkpoint (complete with palm trees in skips)

The helis used were not RAF, but Bristows-owned and operated Westland Wessex. This wasn't as crap as many people thought, as the Marines in Vietnam used the Sikorsky Choctaw as their UH. The Wessex is basically an up-engined Choctaw with a big chin! One continuity error on the movie was the flight sequence. The action is going on in a Wessex, but the shadow zipping across the paddy fields is of a Bell Jet Ranger.


Around the same time a couple of music videos were filmed in the drill hangars. Don't ask me which ones, I can't remember!
Didn't the producers leave that lovely assault course there for the lads to play with after filming was done ??
Yep, and only recently been declared unuseable.
When you watch the film, the ski slope can be seen in the background shots of some sequences, as can the hangars that still stand. And, if one sequence is slowed slightly, the windows to my office can be seen!
 
#16
Yes but it was considered too dangerous to go over without proper
supervison and safety harnesses.They built that as the bassingbourne
one didn't look very tough .The suggestion that they try doing it wasn't appreciated.I was told.
 
#17
They filmed something in the guardroom at Uniacke Barracks Harrogate, or so I am told. Circle of evidence? Body of evidence?

Don't know.

Also Robson and Jerome filmed there WW2 thingy at Hullavington whilst 640 and 237 and a load of loggies were there. The tower was all 1940, and there was a twin engined aircraft *Blenheim?) flying round and round.
 
#18
When they filmed the 'Nam sequences of Full Metal Jacket near the old Becton gas works (which had also been used as a set for the last film version of 1984, a few years previously), the tanks used were US M41 Walker Bulldogs & all the US Marine extras were TA soldiers from 15 Para based around Lincoln; there may have been other from 10 Para in London. I knew one when I lived in the Newark area; he's named in the end credits & can be seen in the mass grave scene where all the civilian bodies are discovered, he's at the end of the shot leaning on a shovel.
He told me all the palm trees in the scenes were fibreglass dummies, each was numbered so they could be recovered at the end of each day's filming.
I think the undisputed star of the film was R. Lee Ermey, his Hartmann turns were all adlibbed & of course there's the urban legend about Stanley Kubrick asking him what a reach round was all about because he'd never heard it before, so Ermey very kindly explained it to him 8O
 
#19
According to IMDB, R. Lee Ermey did actually serve in the USMC though retired through medical probs as a staff sgt and was hired as an advisor for this film but did such a good job that he was offered the part of Hartmann, even having to explain to Stanley Kubrick what a reach around was!
 
#20
I remember a guy in my sqn, known as "filth" having to explain to some RMPs what teabagging was.....
 

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