«Up Where We Belong» is a song written by Jack NitzscheBuffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings. It was recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of the film, in which Zack arrives at Paula’s factory wearing his naval dress whites and carries her off the factory floor; he thought that wouldn’t work because it was too sentimental. Director Taylor Hackford agreed with Gere until, during a rehearsal, the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later, with the music added («Up Where We Belong»), he said it gave him chills. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision.

Producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded «Up Where We Belong» be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, «The song is no good. It isn’t a hit.»

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