Introspection and Sociological Studies were an Inevitable Art Imitating Life (or is it the other way around) Development in the mid 60's to mid 70's.
There were a Number of these Gritty, Natural, No Frills, "Tell it like it is, Show it like it is" Films to hold up a Mirror to Ourselves and those Troubled Times.
This one is a Well Acted, Uncompromising, Flatly Directed, Sharp-Tongued Story of Military Dominance Demanding Discipline, with Unquestioning Subservience.
An Obvious Viet Nam Metaphor with the Free Thinking, but Ultimately Following Orders, Sailors.
It is a Fine Character Study of the Time and can be Admired by those who Like Their Cinema Blemished and Their Realism Real.
It is a Raw, sometimes Funny, sometimes Touching, Slice of Humanity.
May leave some Viewers Cold and others Fawning over the Incredible Performances and the Bitter, and occasionally Sweet Script.