Richard Gere (Zack Mayo), Debra
Winger (Paula Pokrifki), Louis Gossett, Jr. (Sgt. Emil Foley), David Keith (Sid Worley), Lisa Eilbacher (Casey Seeger), Lisa Blount (Lynette Pomeroy),
Robert Loggia (Byron Mayo)
Richard Gere is one of them actors I simply don't relate
to. No idea what it is, I simply don't like him. However, it must be said that his performance in this romantic drama is worthy of praise.
He plays a rebellious naval recruit, Zack Mayo, enlisting
straight out of a broken family from the wrong side of the tracks and instantly disliked by stern drill sergeant Emil Foley.
Mayo finds friendship with a fellow recruit however and
they both develop relationships with a pair of young women working at a local paper mill, desperate to be married into the service so they can dream of better lives away from the small
Louis Gossett, Jr. steals this film as the strict training
officer, but the rest of the cast are all fine, particularly Debra Winger with a standout female performance amongst a cast mostly of men.
The love theme "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker &
Jennifer Warnes was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic.