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Heartbreak Ridge

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1. A possibly fictitious landmark from the Korean war, memorably described in a film of the same name.


2. A war film in the traditional mold, it is nonetheless a classic of the genre. Clint Eastwood directs and leads as 'Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway', a 'lifer' SNCO in the USMC.

The protagonist shapes a ragtag bunch of misfits, recidivists and rejects into a platoon of steely-eyed bringers of death, then they get their mettle tested by invading Grenada for no explicable reason.

The script is rich in quotable one-liners and squaddie philosophy.