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JARHEAD THE MOVIE

jackson231jackson231 Member Posts: 250 ✭✭✭
edited March 2009 in US Military Veteran Forum
do you guys think it potrayed the war right-did anyone you know shoot an ak-47

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  • gijoeglengijoeglen Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by jackson231
    do you guys think it potrayed the war right-did anyone you know shoot an ak-47

    didnt have a need to shoot any of them but sure did run over a bunch of them and carried a few around for trophy's for awhile, we even brought back an AK, RPG, 23mm antiaircracft gun, and a artillery piece...but the movie was awful I thought especially the football scene and the party scene in the tent, soldiers don't party or play that way.
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    The movie was a complete waste of money and was all Hollywood. It did not even come close to potraying the truth or events.
  • earlwellmanearlwellman Member Posts: 645 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    They even put in the legend of the guy getting the tape of his wife and the dude next door. My wife asked me if that realy happened and I told it was a legend like the eather bunny. Just a bunch GI talk. No proof that I have seen in my career.
  • codenamepaulcodenamepaul Member Posts: 2,931
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by earlwellman
    They even put in the legend of the guy getting the tape of his wife and the dude next door. My wife asked me if that realy happened and I told it was a legend like the eather bunny. Just a bunch GI talk. No proof that I have seen in my career.


    Didn't happen during the gulf war, but something simliar occurred during the previous cruise. Wife showed off my bud's new baby. He wasn't the same color. He was escorted for the rest of the boat ride for fear he would jump ship and kill her.

    Saw Jarhead the other night. Total waste of time.
  • SpotterSpotter Member Posts: 74 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    do you guys think it potrayed the war right-did anyone you know shoot an ak-47

    It sucked and no, it did not portray anything as I remembered it.

    Most of us in the Corps were decked out in green ponchos (checkered) and the only thing clean were our rifles and teeth.

    As for AK and AKM's, my unit got to shoot the hell out of the captured stack we had. However, there were only so many mags available and it got old loading them, waiting your turn, shoot for so many seconds (complete with someone shouting range commands) then doing it over again.
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    Spotter hit that one on the head. I was not issued a desert cammo uniform until just before we deployed back to Erlangen Germany. The damn hat was a half size to small, and I swear the pants would have fit a midget.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by jackson231
    do you guys think it potrayed the war right-did anyone you know shoot an ak-47


    I was issued 1 set of deserts (without the boots). You couldn't see em because we were told to stay in our MOPP suits durring combat operations (hot and misserable).

    As for the AK, I got my hands on a new one and fired it many times.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    I have not seen the movie, but we were issued DCU's prior to leaving for the sandbox...one of those pics of me in the picture thread was taken while we were waiting for our bird to deploy to the sandbox. They issued us brand new uniforms a couple of days before we came back to the states...just so we'd look sharp when we returned.

    The story about the chick and the video is true, but the case I know about was a wife who sent her husband a video that started off as her and the kids...the house...then all the sudden switched over to her with 3 guys with protective masks on...you can figure out the rest. The commander would not let this particular soldier return home immediately either...which was probably a good thing.
  • skinamarinkskinamarink Member Posts: 12 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    This movie was a piece of garbage, nothing could have been further from the truth
  • Doc ShotgunDoc Shotgun Member Posts: 1 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    The book sucked. I refused to see the movie since the story sucked so bad. That guy needed some SERIOUS psychological help, and he NEVER even saw combat or shot anyone! He was a section-8/psycho BEFORE the war!

    I carried an AK-47 as a contractor 2005-2006. It was a milled receiver/fixed stock Russian AK...(not an AKM). I thought it was a WONDERFUL weapon with quick pointing abilities, hard hitting, good for shooting through car doors and would digest almost ANY ammo...even that crappy Iraqi stuff. Only complaint was the ergonomics on the safety selector...it SUCKED! I put a gas rail scout mount on my rifle and put my EOTech 552 on it and WOW!!! It did need an elevated cheek piece which was easy to make, but what a combination! I like my M-4 better for ergonomics and accuracy, but the 7.62 x 39 ammo was everywhere and it hits ALOT harder than the M855/SS-109.

    Just my $0.02,

    PJS
  • PhishalldayPhishallday Member Posts: 28 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    its a MOVIE and a bad one at that. It might as well have been a fictional war.
  • big mangobig mango Member Posts: 1,905 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I did put on a gas mask and tell my buddy in a voice like Darth Vader that he should go to the Dark Side / Force.

    The remainderof the movie was like a pipe / hooka dream.
  • survival systemssurvival systems Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Dumb movie, I didn' shoot any AK's, nor did I ever get DCu's of any kind. Green all the way, which was fine, since where I was was pretty green.
  • OlympicArmsFanOlympicArmsFan Member Posts: 14 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I was going to read the book and saw the movie and thought I just wasted 3.99 on payper view I wasnt going to wast 7.99 on the book.
  • AHansenAHansen Member Posts: 1,002 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by Phishallday
    its a MOVIE and a bad one at that. It might as well have been a fictional war.


    By the time Hollywood got done making the movie it was an entirely different and fictional war. Only thing that was the same was the local.
  • rawhide54rawhide54 Member Posts: 432 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    That film got stupid long before they were deployed. The Marine killed when he stood up under overhead fire was moronic. In all the training scenarios I've ever been in the guns were locked in to shoot 12 feet over the troop's heads so that wouldn't happen and, if somehow it did, the young Staff Sergeant would have been reassigned to First Civ Div.

    Portrayed 2/7 badly, too. I was with 2/7 for a while in the '80's and it was a first rate battalion with none of the nonsense they showed. Damn thing did a real disservice to the military and The Corps.
  • zipperzapzipperzap Member Posts: 25,057
    edited November -1
    Awful movie - don't know how inaccurate it was but it was terrible.
    [:(]
  • zipperzapzipperzap Member Posts: 25,057
    edited November -1
    STILL think so, too.
  • kumatekumate Member Posts: 2,311 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I was in the sand for a little while and the only thing about the movie that was real was it was hot,damn hot and no shot until ordered no AK's around me but carried my Cpl riflemans x40 7.62 after his head left his shoulders,wrote his new wife about it but didn't see no film of her or nobody else No TV in the dunes this movie was horse poop to a fighting man we did not have a head to jerk off in or a sandhouse to paty in maybe platoon was better for the Vvets ,I don't know wasn't thereSemper Fi God Corps Country
  • jsuggsjsuggs Member Posts: 110 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    What I heard about the tape of the wife and other guy is that it was a soldier in the 504PIR in the 82nd Airborne. He would have been able to see the tape because the whole brigade was guarding the palace in saudi. The prince ensured that they had every modern convienance avalable to them. They even offered to give every paratrooper $1000, since they drew the line in the sand for almost a month before heavy reinforcements arrived. I was also told that the soldier took a walk out into the desert with just a single round and his rifle that night, and was found the next day. I heard all of this from a SSG that I worked for who was there. You know what they say the truth is stranger than fiction.

    If a movie was made about one unit it would be very boring so to keep it interesting to civilians they often add events. That is why they say they are based on a true story. An hour of guard duty during a move with no action at the end would be boring even in a documentry.
  • wittynbearwittynbear Member Posts: 4,518
    edited November -1
    I have seen some parties while deployed, I have shot AKs many times especially on long patrols, when our ammo is tight and theirs is plentiful. As far as desert storm that ended while I was in the DEP, so I never got the chance to go for that one. Desert fox I was there for and we had one party when we went home, didn't shoot aks but it was hot as hell. From what I have heard from the older guys it sounds like it was just like any other movie 10% right 90% BS.
  • Bishop3Bishop3 Member Posts: 2 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    As for AK's, I held a captured one after we took EPOWS the second night in of the ground assault. Did not shoot it though.
    Right outside Kuwait city in AL Jara watched Kuwatis and coalition forces enter the city on hwy in columns so they could claim back thier country. We over ran the second Iraqi Brigade while they high tailed back to iraq. As for the movie some could be accurate some not. The reality of boredom was real.
  • modockidmodockid Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    i didnt serve during either war (i did serve my duty though), but i had a sgt that was 35 grand in the whole when he got back , and shortly after paid child support too , i dont think hollyweird ever portrays any branch any war or any soldier ever corecttly or even remotly acurate and i have recently heard that halaberton has made alotta $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ off the tax payers , when will some one go to prison for the excessive costs of $$$$$$ and lives lost and broken homes
  • grumpygygrumpygy Member Posts: 53,466
    edited November -1
    Just missed seeing the author, in Portland Oregon at a book signing. He was lucky.
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