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Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Ridley Scott / Actors: Demi Moore, Viggo Mortensen ... / DVD released 26 March, 2001 at First Independent Video / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL

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      09.12.2013 21:18
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      Worth a watch if not seen before

      This movie G.I. Jane is one that most people had a bit of a laugh about when it first came about, I mean Demi Moore playing a American Navy seale called G.I. Jane just seemed a little silly to most. But low and behold the dark haired beauty Demi Moore actually pulls it off.

      I am not the only person who thinks so as this was a pretty popular movie, it is very entertaining, and Demi Moore really puts in a good performance as soldier girl. She plays Lieutenant Jordan O Neil who has been given a pass by high up military authority, to partake in the Navy Seale's recruitment course. She is the first ever women to be allowed to partake in this elite military course, and if she passes, she will be the first women ever join the American Navy Seale's.

      Her spot on this course has came about due to a lot of women lobbying for equal rights and better positions within the American military. And now the future of womens rights rests upon O Neil, if she fails this course then the rules stay the same, and there are no women in the Seale's, if she passes things change forever.

      Can O Neil pass the course and keep up with the men, whilst at the same time over coming the sexist male dominated views of those around her. This movie has everything you would expect of a Hollywood blockbuster, the soundtrack is passionate and intense, and helps to keep you in suspense, especially during the action bits.

      Demi Moore goes all out in this movie even shaving off her hair, to better resemble a soldier. You can also see she has been working out on her body, and a copy cat version of a rocky training scene is where she shows it by doing press ups and stretches, to motivating music.

      This movie is very simple and straight forward and has no twist and turns through out, in fact the basic structure of this movie just makes for simple easy to watch entertainment. There is certainly a point being made through this movie, and that point is that women are just as capable as men in the military. Hollywood has used a degree of magic on this movie, which makes it gripping and keeps you interested until the end.

      Demi Moore puts in a ballsy and gutsy performance, and I would rank it as the best I have seen her do. Viggo Mortensen plays Command Master Chief and it is his job to push O Neil along, problem is he does not think women can handle the Navy, and he would not want them in even
      they could. Can O Neil win the respect of her Chief, and her fellow soldiers thus creating a new respect for women in the military.

      I can not say that this is one of the best movies I have ever seen, but never the less I did still really enjoy it, I was more than happy to watch this until the end, and it even put a smile on my face a few times, mainly for cheesey reason though. I would not call it ground breaking or inspiring but it is a movie worth watching if you have not seen it.

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        12.08.2009 10:14
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        A very good action movie with a great performance from Demi Moore.

        In the hope of making the US Navy more female friendly, Senator Lillian DeHaven (Anne Bancroft) hand picks Lt. Jordan O'Neil (Demi Moore) to undertake Navy training in order to prove that the girls are just as tough as the men.

        The training that Jordan and the rest of the recruits go through in order to be accepted into the Navy is brutal and around 60% drop out this has led to the phrase 'hell week' being widely used by the instructors. One very sexist instructor Master Chief John James Urgayle (Viggo Mortensen) sees women as housewives and cooks not fighters and definitely not military personnel. Master Chief gives Jordan a hard ride but when she finds out that she's getting preferential treatment because of her gender she demands to be treated exactly the same as the men in order to gain their respect. In order to succeed in this male dominated world she's going to have to push herself to the limit and exceed every expectation that people had of her...

        This is usually the type of film that I avoid at all costs, most war films bore me to tears therefore when I saw this advertised on TV the other night it wasn't one that I had planned on watching however when my boyfriend wanted to watch it I thought I may as well sit and watch it with him, not expecting much from it.

        I noticed that this was directed by Ridley Scott, I've never really been a fan of his films as they always seem overly long and drawn out, I'm much more a fan of his younger brother Tony Scott's films who's famed for teaming up with the brilliant Denzel Washington whereas his older brother seems to think it's a good move to team up with the inexplicably irritating Russel Crowe time after time!

        Luckily this movie doesn't suffer from the Crowe endorsed awfulness, instead opting for a strong female lead in the form of Demi Moore. From the limited films I've seen starring Demi Moore I've been impressed with every single one for one reason or another. This was clearly one of, if not the toughest role she's ever undertaken and not just because she had to shave her head. For this role I imagine that she had to do a lot of training to get into the magnificent shape that she can be seen in throughout the film and after giving birth to two kids you don't expect an almost middle aged mother to have the body of a twenty year old! Demi Moore really put her all into this part and she pulls off a fantastic performance as the female lead that manages to excel against all the odds in a male dominated environment. Demi Moore was the highlight of the film and I can't imagine any other actress playing the part such as great as herself, of course she already had that tomboyish quality about her but she's managed to go the whole 9 yards with this film, putting in a great performance in every possible aspect. What Demi Moore has that makes her stand-out amongst other actresses is that she has the rare ability to be butch or feminine all the while remaining a sex symbol for the entire male population, this is partly why I think Demi Moore was given the part as it was clearly stated at the beginning of the film that the character of Jordan was chosen based on her feminine looks over the other female candidates.

        I found the story to be both compelling and tense however it's nothing new, this film stands out primarily because it's based around a female soldier who competes against the odds but really this film doesn't have anything about it which would make it stand out against all the other war films. The film runs for approximately 124 minutes which I feel was a little drawn out, the training scenes last around an hour and 15 minutes not leaving much time for a sturdy storyline to be put in place.

        The action scenes were brilliant and the special effects were great, the training scenes were all very compelling. It really paints a realistic picture of what life in the military is like and the film doesn't pull any punches. Some scenes are very shocking including an attempted rape and a scene where Jordan is brutally beaten way beyond the code of conduct. This enables the viewers to get behind the character of Jordan even more and propel her into succeeding to the best of her ability. Despite the scenes being particularly shocking I'm glad that Ridley Scott doesn't try to gloss over the hard truths of what really goes on in the military.

        There's obviously a strong moral message entailed in the film but fortunately this isn't pushed on the audience too much and we're left to enjoy the film whilst not being force fed the moral message that the film delivers. I feel that this film tries a bit too hard to make a statement, the word overkill comes to mind as there's so much based on the pure fact that it's a woman going through these struggles as opposed to the men that it seems to protest too much. I think maybe they should have laid off all the stereotypes and allowed this movie to be exactly what it's supposed to be. A compelling action movie with a strong moral message.

        Overall, to my surprise I ended up thoroughly enjoying this movie a lot more than I thought I would. It manages to include just the right balance of action and plot line so that the film never gets boring. This is a film that I would highly recommend watching, I doubt it will ever be a classic but it's still a very strong action movie.

        The DVD is available from play.com for £3.99 which is a great buy.

        The special features include:
        Trailer
        Featurette
        Soundbites
        B-Roll
        Filmographies

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          11.08.2009 14:51
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          Not too overbearing and moderately funny in parts, worth watching.

          A 1997 Ridley Scott American Naval action film, GI Jane is so named as it portrays the fictional story of the first female to undergo the US Navy SEAL training. Men don't be put off, this film is worth watching at least once, so put your sexist views back in your cereal boxes along with the rest of the philosophies you conjure up at the breakfast table (no, I'm not a woman and yes I have a degree in philosophy, I also occasionally eat cereal). Furthermore, Women, you should also be able to watch this with some enjoyment, not least because it deals with one woman's struggle but because the script is great, the story is cool and the cinematics are a treat considering it was made eleven years ago...

          I have seen this film several times as it has been on TV so much but that is just testament to how good it actually is. Demi Moore (Lieutenant Jordan O'Neil ) Takes on a challenging role in this film and shaves her head as just part of her way of fitting into a male dominated arena, where she also looks remarkably like Sinead O'Connor.

          Also Starring Viggo Mortensen (Master Chief) this film has some great one-liners, a good amount of violence and difficult right of passage plot line culminating in a final battle scene where the aptly dubbed "G I Jane" orchestrates the saving of her Master Chief. Parallel to this is a sub story of political drama and tension, which to be honest is not only unnecessary but it also holds no substance and therefore pales next to the main events.

          This is a film about respect and the changing attitudes of people toward one another, mainly geared toward a gender divide. It is entertaining and easy to watch, aside of anything else it would be hard not to pay homage to the legendary director, so I say gear up, fall in and move out!... watch it, HOOYA!..

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            18.12.2006 14:53
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            First Woman recruit, to elite NAVY SEALS training and commission

            Let us bust the bubble of G.I.JANE, our world has become a rough place.

            MY RANTS
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            How will I see pleasure of my eyes delicate lily DEMI MOORE doing one hand push ups, she is proving to the film audience, she is going thru Navy Seals training. It is not only absurd but also it is against the nature of things. We talk and say a Leopard cannot change its spots, a delicate child bearing mother like woman, whose warm smell can relax most anxious of infants is made to go thru such taxing physical exercise that her body fat evaporates and she looses the power to menstruate. What hell is this.

            Wake up man, our experts are ramming indigestible stuff down our throats, with their theory after theory, these badly constituted theories will take their pound of flesh from our future generations, and our present day experts will be lying in their graves with their bodies becoming home to rotten flesh eating moths.

            The deliberate mismanagement of our experts has already broken us down, our kids are murdering other kids, our society has turned into sensation mongers, the degradation will lead downwards, there is no light on the other end of tunnel, if we lack decency to set things right now, our children will weep in the future.

            We must stop everything we are doing, start doing things with the nature, you cannot ask men to look feminine and women to look masculine, I understand this film was made as an advertisement to encourage women to join armed forces, it did its job well, what G.I.JOE did for Vietnam war this film did the same thing for women, I am sure woman are capable of doing NAVY SEALS duty, I am sure bases are not closing down, but do you sincerely believe women solders joining the armed forces has in their psychology the urge to be soldiers ?

            Positive reinforcements like G.I.JANE are good for political gains, women do respond to the inspiration present in our film, even if we have women in Navy, Air force, Army we have destroyed their natural make up and they are living their personal lives like modified freaks. We respect the right of wild animals. We protect their natural habitat, we grudge to give the same to our beloved women, our buildings are male, our furniture has male styles, our whole atmosphere is full male, where is the habitat of females in our countries ? Too much of S*** My D**k attitude is only making them male copies.

            FILM REVIEW
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            Demi Moore was inspiringly filmed by Ridley Scott, the director did his job of making a convincing film as requested by Mass Communication Policy Makers, but the director had to fight with his common sense and fight a real battle to insert in the story the character of a woman politician Anne Bancroft, thru this character, he made a fallible politician, he gave a message that female recruit was a political game played for political gain. I must say the director had to go thru a lot of arm twisting to complete this film.

            There is our usual Master Chief (Viggo Mortensen)filling up the story playing the role of a protagonist, his job is to show us the audience, how much men hate women seeing them competing with men. Navy Seals or any military in our world must make, soldiers a man of higher morals and grand scruples, but alas we see a trainer in the role of skull bashing woman hater. I shudder remembering that scene, this is the reason 70% of woman hate men these days. Our million Bills and Rights and Amendments to our constitution! what is all that giving us, hate of our mates. We are to each other source of men's joy and women's pride. We have loved our women since centuries, the scare of population explosion is a proof of our love for women.

            I am afraid a BOARD of all churches must be formulated, the representatives must be moderates, not those type who say long live my tribe and kill everyone. This new Board must advise government on Moral/Nature/Science/Spiritual consensus issues. All harmful content for mass distribution must pass thru them. Mass media is a big responsibility. Bad days require drastic remedies. This BOARD must be kept free of influence and corruption.

            Enough politics please we need meaningful joy in our society, too many dead bodies, wails of mourning everywhere raising a audible din, lets correct ourselves before GOD takes our correction in his own hands. Minds need healing, there is epidemic need of balm in our society. Let us bring back joy in rule, government, constitution, society, literacy, handwork, construction and give seeds of morality a chance to germinate.

            EMPATHY must alleviate us, give the world a chance to call us just and good world order, let us all defeat pain in all its mutations, let there be EMPATHY, bonding, connection, sympathy, synergy, outsourcing, in sourcing into all good and happy things. Give good to HEADLINES, good has its rightful place in headlines, let us celebrate being men and women again.

            My medicine is offloading on this wonderful site the things making a burning hole in my chest. I want to feel alive with the whole world, I am half dead from the headlines of our world today, how am I going to convince my kids this world is good. I will be a dead body the day I will stop feeling pain of others, let us drive away the monster called pain.

            CAST MEMBERS
            Demi Moore (LEUTENANT: Jordan O'Neil)
            Viggo Mortensen (Master Chief John James)
            Anne Bancroft (Sen. Lillian DeHaven)
            Jason Beghe (Royce)


            Yo!! celebrate the cure for pain, share it with your neighbors !!

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              16.07.2004 17:21
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              I first came across this film through television. As you may know, various channels have their own 'film' night where they show what they think, are/were popular films. Usually there's at least one week build up to the films through advertisements, and that is where I first laid eyes on G.I Jane, A film brought to us by Ridley Scott, the director of other classics such as 'Thelma and Louise' and 'Alien'. G.I Jane is the story of a woman named LT Jordan O'Neil, (played by Demi Moore), who is selected as the first woman to participate in the Navy S.E.A.L.S training programme. To the people who put her there, she is both an experiment and a chance to gain popularity, each expecting her to fail. Jordan has to struggle and compete in an all-male environment against a physically gruelling schedule, constant harassment and sabotage, as well as coming to terms with the fact that the future of women in the military, depends entirely on her success. The reason this film really appealed to me, was the fact that it was different from any other film I'd ever seen before. There may be others out there like this, but I definitely haven't seen them. It was really compelling to watch and Demi Moore really did play a fantastic role. My respect for her as an actress really grew after watching her performance in this. She was so convincing, and he ability to really get into the role was what made the film. There were some scenes that I could hardly watch, and the courage of G.I Jane was amazing. It really put into perspective, what it must have been like back when women had hardly any rights. The ignorance of most of the males in the film was annoying to watch and the petty, discriminatory remarks really made me angry at tim
              es. There was no holding back in this film. There was even a scene which was really disturbing to watch but was probably the most compelling scene in the film, and that was when G.I Jane got beaten up badly by the man in charge through no fault of her own. I won't give much of the plotline away but it was part of the attempt made to get her out of the military, but her strength, determination and courage really stood out in that scene and it's by far one of my favourite scenes. Although Demi Moore was the star of the film, the other actors did an amazing job, especially Viggo Mortensen who played Master Cheif John James 'Jack' Urgayle. He was the main man in charge who had to be tough with everyone and he really made you hate him at times. A perfect film to me is one that makes it's story believable, has the right combination of actors/ actresses, and one that can make you feel every single emotion possible all the way through it. To me G.I Jane was all of that and more. Maybe it's because I'm female and I like the fact that a film has shown how tough a female can be under certain circumstances. Some guys may argue that the film was unrealistic and there was too much of a 'girl power' theme in it to enjoy it. I don't know, in some ways I don't think the view has changed towards women in the military. The recent war in Iraq proved, that when women were on the front line they were critised back home for not being able to do the same job as the men and that they probably didn't have to do anything. So although this film was made in 1997 and set even further back to when women first started in the military, the views of many are still the same as they were back then. I think to a degree, we will always have discrimination towards women in places such as the military. This film is action packed from beginning to end, and throughout the 120 minutes that the film ran, there wasn't one slow moment. There were plenty of amazing scenes, including one where Demi Moore shaves all her hair off and one where her team ignore her commands when she's in charge. I really would recommend this film to anyone with an open mind. It has definitely become one of my favourite movies. It's a certificate 15 and I really wouldn't let anyone younger see this film as it has a reference to sex and it is quite a violent film at times too. I'll leave you now with the message that this film sends out... 'Failure is NOT an option'. Aimee xxx

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                14.10.2001 03:24
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                I have to say that when ths came out atthe cinema I thougt "Oh hell no...wild horses wouldn't get me to see THAT movie". I thought Hollywood would make their usual pigs ear of the whole 'woman in a mans world' story or turn it into a piece of exploitative claptrap - the title G. I. Jane does little to make you think otherwise. However, that of course was recogning without Ridley Scott being the man in the director's chair here and of course, he manages to produce another fine movie, we shouldn't really expect much else. The basic concept of this movie is that a female naval officer wants to join the toughest military outfit in the United States - The Navy Seals. Seal training is incredibly punishing and only a relatively small percentage of those who begin it, actually get through to the end. They are the crack troops of the US army - much like our own SAS I suppose. In a new bid to challenge the US Army's policy of not allowing women into combat Lt. Jordan O'Neill(Demi Moore) is given the opportunity to undertake Seal training - where it is said that 60% of all applicants drop out..and those 60% are all male because females have NEVER once been allowed to even try to take part. She is then a guinea pig, and one who everyone expects to fail even her boyfriend, and those higher up the ladder have in fact put her there simply BECAUSE she will fail. She is being used as a political tool to show that women can not compete with men in this area...but she doesn't know that yet. As soon as she arrives she begins to suffer sexual harassment from everyone around the camp including her senior officers and drill instructor and can see that she is being preferential treatment - which totally goes against her reasons for joining. Still, she battles against this and begins to show that she can cut it with the boys..making a few politicians more than a little nervous so that they plot her downfall... Stripped down this mo
                vie is very much like Scott's previous offering White Squall and once laid bare you can see that it is all very formulaic, and nothing new to anyone who has watched the millions of movies highlighting problems in the military - it owes a lot to An Officer and A Gentleman in terms of direction. Despite its issues of sexual discimination and political morality being quite obvious, there is never a preachy moralistic tone to this movie which si something to be more than thanful for. Scott never tries to ram his message down our throats although at the same time he could beaccused of never actually exploring it very deeply either. This movie makes a comment on both issues, makes sure we know what that comment is and then gets on with the action, because this is definitely an action movie rather than one trying to educate us too deeply. The acting performances here are generally good, with Demi Moore actually pulling off her part quite well although its difficult to see her as being anything other than the sex symbol Hollywood made her out to be. It does feel as if she is playing the part sometimes rather than actually BEING Lt. Jordan O'Neill, but its forgiveable. Viggo Mortensen was excellent I thought as her drill instructor and the rest of the cast which includes Anne Bancroft as a backstabbing sentator are also good. G. I. Jane s not the most intelligent movie to come out of Hollywood, but it is entertaining. Its one of those movies where you can sit there and cheer on the underdog, rather than one which you are going to learn anything from despite its high moral message. As entertainment goes, its a good way to waste 2 hours and its far better than I thought it possibly could be, or perhaps ought to have been. Amazingly, if you can partially suspend your disbelief that any of this would be possible then its actually a rather good movie and none I would recommend to any fan of such things.

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                  26.08.2000 19:34

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                  Demi moore, plays the gi chosen to try to prove that women can succeed where men fail and pass the horrific tests required to become a qualified navy seal. She shaves her head, has packed on muscle for and during the role and really shows her versatility. She pulls the role off brilliantly and really fits into character well. Afair bit of violence throughout as the instructor takes a definate dislike to her, and the more she stands up for herself and proves herself as "one of the boys" the more she is respected by her fellow recruits. A particularly memorable part of the film is during a training excersise where demi is captured and her instructor sets about beating her while she has her hands tied behind her back, she half beats him and kicks him to the floor. Whilst the rest of the recruits look on, she is knocked unconscious the instructor then faces the wrath of the trainees and other instructors who all shun him. Later on in the film after she qualifies and is called into service she rescues the instructor who hounded and abused her and earns his respect. Areally tough film watchable, not suitable for youngsters due to the language and violence.

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                  This film is absolute tripe. The story is simple, a woman in the american navy played by Demi Moore is allowed to try out for an American Special Forces unit. The first woman ever and everything's against her, but wow she makes it and then they won't let her join properly and then everything's okay and they go on a really dangerous mission and she turns in the saviour of someone who always rubbished her abilities as a soldier. Sorry but I can't describ how contrived this film is. It's also so very, very, very "we love America!!". Please avoid it, the acting's terrible, the story's worse, it's unbelievable and its nasty.

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                  Don't get me wrong, I was expecting to dislike this film before I went to see it. The premise seemed weak and the reviews that I read were that it was awful. I've got to say though, it really impressed me. The idea behind this film, is that a woman is allowed in to the elite Navy Seals as a sop to Feminists. The political machinations are interesting and fairly believable and the female Senator is superb (is it Olympia Dukakis? hmmmm...it might be). The script and the action sequences are well done and Demi Moore turns in a respectable performance as political pawn out to prove herself. The Master-Chief (Drill-instructor) is a grade-A bar-steward as well and he adds some much-needed nutter value to the movie. It all winds it way towards a predictable ending, but is a good film overall.

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                  It seemed like a pretty good career move, and for the most part it was. Demi Moore will never top any rational list of great actresses, but as her career stalled in the mid-1990s she had enough internal fire and external physicality to be just right for her title role in G.I. Jane. Her character's name isn't Jane--it's Jordan O'Neil--but the fact that she lacks a penis makes her an immediate standout in her elite training squad of Navy SEALs. She's been recruited as the first female SEAL trainee through a series of backroom political manoeuvres and must prove her military staying power against formidable odds--not the least of which is the abuse of a tyrannical master chief (Viggo Mortensen) who puts her through hell to improve her chances of success. Within the limitations of a glossy star vehicle, director Ridley Scott manages to incorporate the women-in-military issue with considerable impact, and Moore--along with her conspicuous breast enhancements and that memorable head-shaving scene--jumps into the role with everything she's got. Not a great movie by any means, but definitely a rousing crowd pleaser and it's worth watching just to hear Demi shout the words "Suck my ----!!" (rhymes with "chick"). --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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