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Jarhead

Rating:R (for pervasive language, some violent images and strong sexual content)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:November 4, 2005
Running time:115 minutes
Cast:Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, Laz Alonso, Matthew Atherton
Director:Sam Mendes
Producer:Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher
Writer:William Broyles Jr., Anthony Swofford
Distributor:Universal Pictures

Description: "Jarhead" (the self-imposed moniker of the Marines) follows Swoff, a third-generation enlistee, from a sobering stint in boot camp to active duty, sporting a sniper's rifle and a hundred-pound rucksack on his back through Middle East deserts with no cover from intolerable heat or from Iraqi soldiers, always potentially just over the next horizon. Swoff and his fellow Marines sustain themselves with sardonic humanity and wicked comedy on blazing desert fields in a country they don't understand against an enemy they can't see for a cause they don't fully fathom.

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