Movie star Richard Gere was in attendance on June 13 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a 30th anniversary screening of Gere’s star making turn in 1982’s “An Officer and a Gentleman.” The screening took place in the Academy’s beautiful screening room at the Lighthouse at 111 East 59 Street, in New York.
Following the screening Gere took the stage where he was interviewed by Dave Carter. Carter is the official Red Carpet Greeter for the Oscars, as well as a prolific journalist and author in his own right. Carter pointed out that “An Officer and a Gentleman” was the third top grossing movie of 1982 behind “E.T.” and “Tootsie.” “If that’s not the definition of a word of mouth phenomenon I don’t know what is,” Carter told the audience.
Gere, who was charming, down to earth and gracious, said it was the first time in 30 years that he had actually watched the entire film of “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Gere said that he does not like to watch his movies but that he was very moved by the experience. He explained that, “I remember everything about making this movie, everything you can’t see, what we went through to make the movie and the initial meetings we had and the time of my life when we did this. I’m being flooded. It’s very emotional.”