The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 70, No. 1, Ed. 1, Friday, September 3, 1982 Page: 3 of 32
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Billed as the movie that will "lift you up
where you belong" "An Officer and a Gen-
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before leaving them in that state of con-
tentment. The summer has been full of movies
designed to give audiences an escape from
reality and this one is no exception. However
its approach is a little different. Instead of
offering viewers science fiction qr fantasy
adventure it serves up a mixture of two
favorite genres a love story and a military
Richard Gere stars as a mixed-up young
man who enters the Naval Aviation Officer
Candidate School on Puget Sound. He decides
to become an officer in spite of or maybe
because of his alcoholic father who is a
i At training Gere finds a fierce drill sergeant
played by Louis Gossett Jr. who doesn't
believe he is officer material and so does
everything in his power to force Gere to quit.
Gossett puts Gere through physical abuse that
could even rival Sub-T's pledge night ac-
tivities. Debra Winger plays a girl who works in a
factory near the base. She is one of many girls
there who are characterized as "Puget Debs"
women whose only hope of bettering them-
selves lies in marrying one of the officers at
the base. Most of them are so determined to
catch a man that they will stoop to any trick if
they think it will get a man to the altar.
Of course the plot is not hard to guess. Gere
meets Winger. They fall in love. They have
great times. Then they have problems. Gere
leaves Winger. Gere returns to Winger.
At the same time Gere is trying to outlast
Gossett in camp and become an officer so he
can "fly jets."
The material is not very original but the
excellent acting helps revive tired cliches into
something that seems fresh and exciting. Most
of all it is a love story. A certain spark is
produced whenever Winger and Gere are
together that is seldom seen on the screen
today. It takes more than just good dialogue
and good acting to make a good love scene a
certain undescribable romantic quality is
needed and is present in this movie.
Unfortunately Hollywood has forgotten that
a love story can be made without steamy sex
scenes. This film contains some explicit sex
scenes that do little to advance the plot or even
the romantic quality of the movie but do a lot
to embarrass members of the audience. The
excessive use of profanity also taints the
overall quality of the movie and helps it earn
its R rating.
AH in all MAn Officer and a Gentleman"
lives up to its promises and even goes a little
further. It revives some old movie plots
characters and traditions dusts them off and
breathes new life into them.
Why do the toughest decisions we have to
make all semester come on the very first day
of the school year?
Now it's not so bad for us two- three- or
four-year veterans but I think it's a mon-
strous burden to put on defenseless freshmen
and bewildered transfers. The fate of the next
four months lies in bleary-eyed often
irrational decisions made at 8 a.m. and on
no less than a Saturday this year!
Take meal tickets for instance. For those off
campus it's pretty certain that the decision
will be to save the bucks usually used for food
and spend them more wisely on such
necessities as rent laundry Dr. Pepper and
Donkey Kong not necessarily in that order.
The guy who wrote the old commercial which
profoundly stated "Man cannot live by peanut
butter alone" never lived off campus while
studying towards his advertising degree. But
for those in the dorms the decision is quite a
First one must decipher the codes: BL BD
LD and BLD. For you freshmen and transfers
don't worry; they are not degree options.
Neither are they food types in themselves
although BLD looks a lot like BLT which is a
pretty nifty sandwich.
Once decoded the choices still look tough.
For the first year one usually opts for the full
Ihree-meal-a-day plan. But by the second or
third year getting into the Bean before 8:30
a.m. becomes a surrealistic dream so LD
looks inviting. And if the craving for Crunchy-
Yummies becomes too oppressive one can
always stash a box under the bed and get an
occasional pint of milk to appease the taste
buds. However as a result of last year's three
meals per day an aerobics class will be
needed to shed a few pounds. But hey! It's
offered at lunchtime. Thus we have the
a little levity
Then there's insurance. They almost got me
on this one. The plan offered looks just fine; it
covers a multitude of sins perpetrated against
the policy holder. But watch out for the fine
print. Upon close scrutiny one will find the
following exception clause: this policy does
not cover injuries incurred from wars riots
insurrections and nuclear bombardment.
They have the same exception for bicycle
insurance too. I decided to look around some
more. If someone nukes my bike I expect
some compensation for the damages.
Lastly one must dig deep into the Levis and
start the process of balancing the credit
column to the debit column or is that debits
to credits? in his school account.
The questions? "Do I pay the whole lump
sum and spend the rest of the semester
begging for alms by GATA fountain? Or do I
pay the required one-fourth and juggle the rest
of my money between books postage stamps
a few dollar-nite movies at Radford Hills
Cinema and a giant Homecoming mum? Or do
I feign poverty at Special Arrangments and
eat drink (root beer of course) be merry and
file for bankruptcy come December?"
One thing is for sure: the same decisions
will have to be made next registration day
and the same dilemmas will have to be
One Bible major said he had the problem
licked. He had this queer looking breastplate
strapped to him that had a pocket labeled
"Urim" and "Thummim."
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