“An Officer and a Gentleman” – Academy Screening – June 12, 2012

Richard Gere (left) and Louis Gossette, Jr. in “An Officer and a Gentleman”

On Tuesday, June 12, actors Richard Gere and Oscar winner, Louis Gossette, Jr.  will participate in a post screening discussion of their hit 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”  The screening is being presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Academy Arts and Sciences.  It will take place at the Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International, 111 East 59th Street, at 7:00.

The Academy is showing “An Officer and a Gentleman” in honor of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary.  If you have not seen it, it is a film not to be missed.  For those who saw it when it first came out (has it really been 30 years?) this screening will most assuredly fill them with a sense of nostalgia.

Directed by Taylor Hackford, from a script by Douglas Day Stewart, “An Officer and a Gentleman” tells the story of Zack Mayo (Gere), a young man in the Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School who, in his now famous line from the film, has “nowhere else to go.”  Mayo wants to become an officer and fly jets.  The only thing standing in his way is drill sergeant Emil Foley (Gossette), a tireless task master who will go to any lengths to break Mayo.  The role won Gossette his Oscar.

Most important, “An Officer and a Gentleman” is a love story as Mayo takes up with local girl Paula Pokrifki (Oscar Nominee Debra Winger).  The film’s co-stars include David Keith and Lisa Blount.

In addition to the Oscar won by Gossette the film also won an Oscar for the song “Up Where We Belong,” performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.  The song’s lyrics are by Will Jennings with music by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Tickets for this special event are an incredibly low five dollars for the general public and three dollars for Academy members and students with valid ID.  Tickets are on sale at Oscar.org, by mail and at the Academy Theatre box office (open Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00).


About unpaidfilmcritic

Up until 2009 Seth Shire spent nearly two decades in the New York film industry as a post production supervisor of feature films. Highlights include working on the films of Martin Scorsese, James Toback and Spike Lee. Since leaving the film industry Seth has expanded into new and varied areas where he has found a great deal of satisfaction. Seth currently teaches in the Sociology Department of CUNY Queens College. His courses include "Mass Media and Popular Culture," "Introduction to Sociology," and "Sociology of Cinema" where he is a very popular teacher. Seth is also the film critic for "Town & Village," a Manhattan weekly newspaper, a position he has held for the past six years. Seth gives back to his community through volunteer teaching at Manhattan's "The Caring Community," a center for senior citizens, where he teaches a very popular course on documentaries called "The Golden Age of the Documentary. In the fall of 2010 Seth taught "Critical Reading and Writing" at Parsons School of Design. He has also taught "Cinema Studies" at the New York Film Academy. Seth lives in Stuyvesant Town, in Manhattan.

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