Heartbreak Ridge Soundtrack (

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Rating: 6.90/10 from 48000 votes
Tags: grenada, gunnery sergeant
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Title in Español:

El sargento de hierro

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Title in Português:

O Sargento de Ferro


1983. Thomas Highway (Clint Eastwood) is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars.

Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination and conduct unbecoming. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers (Everett McGill), sees Highway as a relic of an old-styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring (Boyd Gaines), the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky.

Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Corporal Stitch Jones (Mario Van Peebles), with whom Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The Major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster (Moses Gunn).

Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie (Marsha Mason), he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings (Bo Svenson), Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was.

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Heartbreak Ridge
Sea of Heartbreak
Hal David: Writer
Don Gibson: Performer
Secret Love
A Very Precious Love
How Much I Care
I Love You But I Ain't Stupid
Bionic Marine
Recon Rap
I Love You But I Ain't Stupid
Mario Van Peebles: Performer

User reviews

Charles Campbell

The soundtrack of Heartbreak Ridge perfectly captures the intensity and drama of military life, enhancing the emotional impact of the film's storyline.

Amanda Phillips

The musical score lacked originality and failed to leave a lasting impression. It felt like a generic composition that could have been used in any military-themed film, lacking the unique character and impact that a memorable soundtrack should provide. The lack of memorable melodies or themes made the music forgettable and unremarkable.

Joshua Garcia

The music selection in the movie effectively sets the tone for each scene, immersing the audience in the world of the characters and their struggles.

Margaret Martinez

The musical score during the war sequences in Grenada evokes a sense of urgency and adrenaline, intensifying the action-packed moments and heightening the suspense.

Steven Williams

The soundtrack effectively conveys the tension and camaraderie among the platoon members, reflecting their journey from a disorganized group to a cohesive unit under Highway's leadership.

Matthew Baker

The emotional resonance of the soundtrack shines through in scenes where Highway attempts to reconnect with his ex-wife, providing a poignant backdrop to their complicated relationship dynamics.

Steven Gonzalez

Overall, the soundtrack of Heartbreak Ridge complements the narrative effectively, enhancing the viewing experience and leaving a lasting impression on the audience.

Karen Lewis

The soundtrack of Heartbreak Ridge perfectly captures the gritty and intense atmosphere of the military setting, adding depth to the emotional moments in the film.

Betty Adams

The score complements Clint Eastwood's portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Highway, enhancing his character's complexity and adding layers of depth to his journey throughout the film.

Kenneth Martin

The soundtrack of Heartbreak Ridge felt outdated and uninspiring, failing to capture the intensity and emotional depth of the movie's war themes. The music seemed disconnected from the on-screen action, which detracted from the overall viewing experience.

Susan Miller

The music selection enhances the character development, particularly highlighting Thomas Highway's tough exterior and inner struggles, creating a multidimensional portrayal of his persona.

Steven Lee

The soundtrack showcases a great mix of patriotic and action-packed tunes, adding depth and authenticity to the portrayal of military training and combat sequences.

Deborah Lopez

The music in Heartbreak Ridge not only serves as background accompaniment but also elevates key moments, evoking a range of emotions from tension to triumph, making it a memorable aspect of the movie-watching experience.

Thomas Baker

The incorporation of rock music elements in certain scenes adds a dynamic and rebellious tone, mirroring the clash of personalities within the platoon and Highway's unorthodox training methods.

Margaret Perez

The soundtrack of Heartbreak Ridge failed to enhance the emotional moments of the film, with the music often feeling out of place or mismatched with the on-screen drama. The lack of cohesion between the visuals and the audio detracted from the audience's ability to fully immerse themselves in the story, ultimately diminishing the overall impact of the film.

Dorothy Walker

The use of military-inspired melodies and cadences in the soundtrack adds authenticity to the storyline, immersing the audience in the world of the Marine Corps during the 1980s.