Cressie came round last night and brought me a few things. She brought me a dress to borrow, a blouse, some magazines and the best thing ever - her Mum's copy of one of the best movies ever "An Officer and a Gentleman". Every one knows of my love of all things with any kind of military theme - and very recently I have been reminded that my time in the Army was a very special time in my life and holds many many fantastic memories for me. It is something that i am so glad I did in my life, and perhaps it was when I was at my absolute best...who knows?
Tonight I have sat and watched the movie again. (must be for about the tenth time!). I love this movie - almost as much as I love "Pretty Woman" (Richard Gere?...oh yes indeedy!!) (Also very good in 'American Gigolo') This week my 'Army memories' are more important to me than ever before.
The drill sergeant "Foley' is ace. His funniest line is "..only two things come from Oklahahoma...Steers and Queers!.." The main character Zach Mayo (Richard Gere) is tormented by the suicide of his mother and joins the Navy to become a pilot and escape from his drunken womanising father. He meets and falls in love with Paula (played by the very beautiful Debra Winger). Zach is a loner and Foley tries to turn him into a team player.
There are some great scenes - when Foley beasts Zach for the whole weekend in an attempt to 'break' his spirit and get his DOR (Dropped on request) ...and - fails miserably.
Lynette gets pregnant (or not) to trap Sid, and then dumps him when he quits the navy pilot's programme - because she only wants a pilot - so Sid, distraught - goes and hangs himself...Oh so sad :(
...and then the final part when Zach realises he loves Paula and goes to get her from the paper factory where she works. It's so romantic - and I don't mind admitting I shed a wee tear at the end.
What a lovely evening - I love this film - thanks Cressie !!!!