Basic Training

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Genre : War
Type : Documentary
Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1971
Format : Feature

Nine weeks of "classes" and training for the draftees and enlisted men at the Fort Knox military base in Kentucky: obstacle courses, firing M16s, fighting with bayonets, poison gas, charges, night marches and ideological indoctrination. Not a minute is wasted in turning civilian teenagers, fresh out of school, into hardened soldiers ready for combat, in this case in Vietnam. A film that greatly inspired Stanley Kubrick for his Full Metal Jacket.

Director : Frederick Wiseman
Country : United States
Year : 1971
Language : English
Duration : 89 min

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