There are many romantic movies in the world of cinema that deal with “falling in love” but, very few that deal with “growing up in love” and, one such movie is the Taylor Hackford directed “An Officer and a Gentleman”. This sensitively crafted movie is a Hollywood classic starring the charismatic Richard Gere and the talented Debra Winger. To determine why this movie is such an all-time classic a clinical dissection is what is required. The dissection is as follows
- Concept of this movie:
The basic concept of this feel good romantic movie can best be described as “the maturing of a human through the journey of love”.
- The Plot:
The plot of this wonderful movie revolves around a loner Zachary Mayo (Richard Gere) who joins the Aviation Officer Candidate School with the ambition of becoming a naval officer. At this school he happens to meet and fall in love with a beautiful girl Paula (Debra Winger), a factory worker.
- The story/screenplay:
The story begins with Zachary Mayo (Richard Gere) an egoistic young man who enrols himself into the Aviation Officer Candidate School with dreams of becoming a naval officer. It is at this school he meets his rather harsh drill instructor Sergeant Emily Foley (Louis Gossett Jr) and, befriends a few fellow candidates including Sid Worley (David Keith), who turns out to be his best friend. He also happens to meet a beautiful factory worker Paula (Debra Winger) and gradually falls deeply in love with her. The rest of movie is all about the growth that the self-centered Zachary undergoes as a human being as a result of falling in love.
The screenplay of this movie written by Douglas Day Stewart is extremely well written and is engaging from start to finish. It is also unique in the way it portrays Zach’s growth as a future “naval” officer as well as a “gentleman” i.e. human.
- Moral of the movie/story:
This movie possesses a couple of lessons that we as an audience can learn. They are as follows
- “Maturing through the journey of love” is more important than just “falling in love”.
- When it comes to matters related to the heart one must quit playing games with other’s feelings.