The action begins as grizzled marine Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) elects to train one more platoon of jarheads
before throwing in the towel.
Keeping the so-called jarheads
(the name refers to the style of hair cut) in shape - and firmly in their place - is the tough Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx fresh from his Ray Oscar glory).
Swoff and his fellow Marines or Jarheads
grow increasingly bored with the lack of action.
scream in anticipation of the helicopters' strafing of the seaside village: "Shoot the motherfuckers," yells Gyllenhaal's Swofford.
Marines are proud to be called jarheads
and welcome the truth about a young grunt in the Middle East because they want others to know about their experiences,'' said Swofford.