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An Officer and a Gentleman

An Officer and a Gentleman is a 1982 American romantic drama film starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr., who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, making him the first African American male to do so. It tells the story of Zack Mayo (Gere), a United States Navy Aviation Officer Candidate who is beginning his training at Aviation Officer Candidate School. While Zack meets his first true girlfriend during his training, a young "townie" named Paula (Winger), he also comes into conflict with the hard-driving Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jr.) training his class.

Plot

The film begins with recent college graduate Zack Mayo preparing to report for Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS). He moved to the Philippines as a child to live with his father Byron, a Navy Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate, after his mother's suicide. Initially, his father is reluctant to take him in; Byron was at sea most of the time, and wasn't good at being a father even while in port. Zack had to beg not to be sent back, before Byron let him stay.

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    award Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Seattle Washington
    director Taylor Hackford
    editor Peter Zinner
    genre drama
    keywords anxiety attack aviation officer candidate school boatswain\'s mate college graduate combato dilbert dunker dollar coin drill instructor drown ensign factory factory worker flight training hangs himself hypobaric chamber injured loveless marriage marine naval aviation naval aviator navy brat nothing obstacle course officer candidate school philippine plan pressure chamber reject run salute saying goodbye scream senior chief set up silver dollar subic bay suicide by hanging train u.s. naval base subic bay u.s. navy united states marine corps united states naval aviator
    musicBy Buffy Sainte-Marie Jack Nitzsche
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Film Music Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture
    producer Douglas Day Stewart
    productionCompany Lorimar Television
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    recordedAt Philippines
    theme martial arts romantic drama