There are two main actors in the movie "An Officer and A Gentleman", Richard Gere, and the other guy who committed suicide.

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Are An Officer and A Gentleman referring to the same guy, Richard Gere?

Or is one referring to Richard Gere and the other to the other guy?

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    The movie poster would suggest that Debra Winger is the gentleman.
    – user7812
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 15:53

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Yes, it refers to one person, Zachary "Zack" Mayo (played by Gere). As Wikipedia explains:

The film's title uses an old expression from the British Royal Navy and subsequently from the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice, as being charged with "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman" (from 1860).

Matthew Sharpe explains it like this:

At the conclusion of the film (in fulfilment of what is intimated in the title) Mayo defies the odds to become an officer. Equally, he honours the love of the faithful Paula, thereby proving himself a gentleman.


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