An Officer and a Gentleman

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An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 film about a United States Navy aviator Officer Candidate who comes into conflict with the Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who trains him.

Directed by Taylor Hackman. Written by Douglas Day Stewart.
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GySgt. Emil Foley

  • [referring to Della Serra's haircut] Now this is my idea of an ass bandit. Wait till some of the local girls get a look at you, Scrotum Head.
  • I don't believe what I'm seein'. Where've you been all your lives? At an orgy? Listening to Mick Jagger and bad-mouthin' our country, I'll bet!
  • There's not gonna be any liberty for you boys, 'cause you'll be going home by then.
  • In every class, there's always one joker who thinks that he's smarter than me. In that class, that happens to be you. Isn't it, Mayo-naise?
  • [his first cadence, for Zack and the other OC's] Sergeant Foley, can't you see; A Puget Deb is after me; Please don't let me catch my tail; I'd be better off in the country jail...! My mom was a Deb, my grandma too; That's all them gals know how to do; She'll catch my butt before she's through; Sergeant Foley, it's up to you!
  • [his second cadence, for Zack alone] Candidate Mayo's strutting in the dirt; Look at his face, he's starting to hurt; Here he is, thinking he's a great big star; But before too long, he's gonna D.O.R.; Seen guys like you a hundred times; I'm telling you, Mayo, I'm one of a kind; Gonna give you more than you can take; I'm gonna watch you crumble and watch you break!
  • [when cadet Seeger fails to climb wall] You're one of those girls who couldn't get enough of daddy's attention because he really wanted a son...That's right, walk around, Sugar Britches!
  • [After a trainee at attention tells him he comes from Tucson, Arizona] There are only two things come out of Arizona. they are steers and queers."


  • Sid Worley: Look, Zack. It's them. Holy shit. Look at them bodacious set of ta's ta's.
  • Paula Porkrifki: You know something, you ain't nothing special. You got no manners, you treat women like whores, and if you ask me, you got ne chance of being no officer.
  • Lynette Pomeroy: [last lines] Way to go, Paula! Way to go!


[first lines]
Zack Mayo: [whispered to his sleeping father] Hey.
[flashback to Manila]
Byron Mayo: Hey, kid. Are you Zack?
Young Zack Mayo: Yes, sir.
Byron Mayo: I'm Byron; nice to meet you.
Young Zack Mayo: Yes, sir.

Byron Mayo: I'm out at sea three weeks out of every month, and when I'm back at port, I don't have time for this daddy stuff, 'cause that's not who I am.
Young Zack Mayo: That's okay, sir.
Byron: Wait a second, kid, you don't understand. I'm too old for this. I don't care what the Navy says. This is no place to bring up a kid like I told you on the telephone. You're better of at that state school back at Virginia.
Young Zack: I'm never going back there. They treat me like shit.
Byron: Maybe that's not for you to say. Goddamnit, don't look at me that way. What happened to your mother had nothing to do with me.
Young Zack: It did. You said you were gonna come back. You promised.
Byron: Is that what she said? That's a female lie. That's bullshit! That a lie!
Young Zack: I found your letters. I read them right after she did it. You said you were gonna come back for us. You said you loved her, and she believed you. You're a liar!

Subic Street Thug: Akin na pera mo! ["Give me your money!" in Tagalog]
Young Zack Mayo: But I have no money!
Subic Street Thug: Bullshit! [punches Mayo in the face. Thugs take Mayo's wallet]

GySgt. Emil Foley: [looks at Mayo's tattoo] Where'd you get this tattoo?
Zack Mayo: Subic Bay, Philippines, sir.
GySgt. Emil Foley: I thought I recognized that work. Be proud of those wings. They're the only one you're leaving here with, Mayo-NAISE.

Topper Daniels: Who the hell is that guy?
Perryman: That's you momma and daddy for the next thirteen weeks.

Paula Pokrifki: Zack, when you're through with a girl, what do you do? Do you you say something or do you just...disappear?
Zack Mayo: I never had a girl.

GySgt. Emil Foley: Mayo, I want your D.O.R.
Zack Mayo: No, sir. You can kick me outta here, but I ain't quitting.
GySgt. Emil Foley: Get into your fatigues, Mayo. By the end of this weekend, you'll quit.

GySgt. Emil Foley: You can forget it! You're out!
Zack Mayo: Don't you do it! Don't! You... I got nowhere else to go! I got nowhere else to g... I got nothin' else.

Zack Mayo: You didn't kick him out, did you? Wait, sir! Didn't he tell you what he's been going through?
GySgt. Emil Foley: It doesn't matter what he's been going through; that's what bartenders are for. What does matter is that he freaked out for some reason at twenty-five thousand feet, and that can happen. Period.
Zack Mayo: There's this girl that he's gotten pregnant, and she's putting him through hell, sir.
Sid Worley: He's right, Zack. It doesn't matter.
Zack Mayo: Just like that? It's all over? With less than two weeks to go, you're out?
GySgt Emil Foley: It can still happen to you too, Mayo-naise.
Zack Mayo: I am talking to you, motherfucker!
GySgt. Emil Foley: What did you call me?

Sid Worley: Lynette, marry me. Make me the happiest man in the whole world.
Lynette Pomeroy: I'm sorry, Sid, but I don't wanna marry you. I really like you. We've had ourselves some really great times, but I thought you understood. I want to marry a pilot. I want to live my life overseas. The wife of an aviator...[bitterly] Damn you! Goddamn you! Nobody DOR's after 11 weeks! NOBODY!

Zack Mayo: Sir, this officer candidate request permission to see you in private... sir.
GySgt. Emil Foley: [gently] Mayo, the whole class already knows about Candidate Worley, and we're sorry.
Zack Mayo: Oh, I'm sure you are.

[upon graduation]
GySgt. Emil Foley: Congratulations, Ensign Seegar.
Casey Seegar: Thank you, sir.
GySgt. Emil Foley: Gunnery Sgt, Ensign Seegar, sir.

[upon graduation]
GySgt. Emil Foley: Congratulations, Ensign Mayo.
Zack Mayo: Thank you, sir.
GySgt. Emil Foley: Gunnery Sgt, Ensign Mayo, sir. [salutes]
Zack Mayo: I'll never forget you.
GySgt. Emil Foley: [with a straight face] Get the hell out of here.


  • Life gave him nothing, except the courage to win... and a woman to love.
  • It will lift you up where you belong.


Actor Role
Richard Gere Zack Mayo
Debra Winger Paula Pokrifki
David Keith Sid Worley
Robert Loggia Byron Mayo
Lisa Blount Lynette Pomeroy
Lisa Elibacher Casey Seegar
Louis Gossett, Jr. GySgt. Emil Foley
Tony Plana Emiliano Della Serra
Harold Sylvester Perryman
David Caruso Topper Daniels
Victor French Joe Pokrifki
Grace Zabriskie Esther Pokrifki
Ed Begley, Jr. Altitude Chamber Instructor (voice)

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