War, by Stanley Kubrick, United States, 1987.
The film, whose original title refers to the copper-plated brass sheath of jacketed bullets, cited by one of the protagonists in the middle of the story, is inspired by the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, a former Marine and war correspondent, who has collaborated on the screenplay. Parris Island, South Carolina, 1967. In the Marine training camp, young conscripts are entrusted to the ruthless and ruthless Sergeant Major Hartman, who undergoes hard physical training, addressing them with mortifying insults and ignoble nicknames. The protagonists of the story are the student "Joker", an aspiring war journalist, his Texan friend "Cowboy" and the peasant "Palla di Lardo", who becomes the object more than others of the continuous harassment of the instructor due to his clumsiness and of his childish attitude, unsuitable for military life.