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Jarhead Details


A young man gets a crash course in the madness of war in this fact-based drama from director Sam Mendes. Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides to join the Marines, just like his father and his father before him, and signs on just in time to be sent to Iraq to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. After experiencing the rigors of boot camp, Swofford and his pal Troy (Peter Sarsgaard) are trained to be snipers, and under the leadership of Sgt. Sykes (Jamie Foxx) and Lt. Col. Kazinski (Chris Cooper), the two land in the middle of a desert where they're up against an enemy they can't always see under a blazing sun with hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. Swofford, Troy, and their fellow soldiers rely on the wits, their sense of humor, and their friendship of their brothers in arms to deal with a situation that doesn't much resemble what they saw on television at home. Jarhead was based on the memoirs of the real-life Anthony Swofford, who did serve as a sniper in the 1991 Gulf War; the title comes from military slang for a Marine enlistee. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 4, 2005


Awarded by
Art Directors Guild Dennis Gassner Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2005 Nominee


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Anthony "Swoff" Swofford
Peter Sarsgaard
as Allen Troy
Lucas Black
as Chris Kruger
Brian Geraghty
as Fergus O'Donnell
Jacob Vargas
as Cortez
Laz Alonso
as Escobar
Evan Jones
as Fowler
Chris Cooper
as Lieutenant Colonel Kazinski
Dennis Haysbert
as Major Lincoln
Jamie Foxx
as Staff Sergeant Sykes
Scott MacDonald
as Detective Inspector Fitch
Ming Lo
as Bored Gunny
Damion Poitier
as Poitier
Riad Galayini
as Nurse
Craig Coyne
as Young Mr. Swofford
Rini Bell
as Swoff's Sister
Dendrie Allyn Taylor
as Mrs. Swofford
James Morrison
as Mr. Swofford
Arman Zajic
as Boy Swoff
Brianne Davis
as Kristina
Brian Casey
as Paintball Marine
Ernest Ozuna
as Sergeant Major
Tyler Sedustine
as Harris
Jocko Sims
as Julius
Joel Prato
as STA Graudate
Kristin Richardson
as Stewardess
Ivan Fenyo
as Pinko
Peter Gail
as Doc John
Kareem J. Grimes
as Welty
Donna Kimball
as Reporter
Marty Papazian
as Dettman
Mark Davis
as Dettman's Neighbor
John Krasinski
as Corporal Harrigan
Christian Reeve
as Bedouin
Mike Akrawi
as Bedouin
Toufiq Tulsiram
as Bedouin
Hari Bali
as Bedouin
Al Faris
as Iraqi Officer
V.J. Foster
as Vietnam Vet


Sam Mendes
Lucy Fisher
William Broyles
Anthony Swofford
Book Author
Roger Deakins
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Murch
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Christina Wilson
Art Director
Stefan Dechant
Supervising Art Director
Pippa Harris
Bobby Cohen
Executive Producer
Sam Mercer
Executive Producer
John Chichester
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Decorator
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Adrian Grunberg
First Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss
First Assistant Director
Scott Ressler
Camera Operator
Sharon Mann
Production Manager
Debra Zane
Jennifer Bell
Visual Effects Producer
Scott Millan
Re-Recording Mixer
Andrew Petrotta
Properties Master
Murray Miller
Location Manager
Louis Lazzara
Stacy Perskie
Second Assistant Director
Jeff Passanante
Construction Coordinator
Chris Napolitano
Chief Lighting Technician
Walter Murch
Re-Recording Mixer
Basti Van Der Woude
Second Assistant Director
Jim Scaife
Production Supervisor
Steve Cremin
Special Effects Coordinator
Nicole Karlin
Location Manager
Sean Stratton
Post Production Supervisor
David Parker
Re-Recording Mixer
Kent Blocher
Visual Effects Editor
Dennis Liddiard
Pablo Helman
Visual Effects Supervisor
Alicia Tripi
Hair Styles
Jeff Habberstad
Stunts Coordinator
Rafael Cuervo
Production Supervisor