The 1997 military movie, G.I. Jane, may have been a little ahead of its time. For some reason, audiences didn’t get behind the movie about the first female ever to train with the Navy SEALS in the same way that they flocked to director Ridley Scott’s other female-driven action films like Alien and Thelma and Louise.
But the film's legacy has grown over the years and was a personal triumph for Moore, who went to extraordinary lengths to make her character as plausible as possible, shaving her head and training up a storm. She even put in a call into President Clinton for military assistance to help make the film.
The other notable casting in the film was Viggo Mortensen, who at that stage was relatively unknown, but had come highly recommended by Ridley’s brother, Tony, who had cast him in Crimson Tide.
Let’s walk through the evolution of the film and why it’s still talked about 20 years later.