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Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1988 (USA)
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Neil Simon (screenplay), Neil Simon (play)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Eugene Morris Jerome
Christopher Walken ... Sgt. Toomey
Matt Mulhern ... Joseph Wykowski
Corey Parker ... Arnold B. Epstein
Markus Flanagan ... Roy Selridge
Casey Siemaszko ... Don Carney
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... James J. Hennesey
Penelope Ann Miller ... Daisy
Park Overall ... Rowena
Alan Pottinger Alan Pottinger ... Peek
Mark Evan Jacobs Mark Evan Jacobs ... Pinelli
David Kienzle ... Corporal (as Dave Kienzle)
Matthew Kimbrough ... Spitting Cook
Kirby Mitchell ... Digger #1
Allen Turner Allen Turner ... Digger #2
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Storyline

New York City teenager Eugene Jerome starts military service thoughtfully yet patriotically prepared to take part in World War II. At boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, he faces the brutally opposed views of other recruits, which he must live with. Still they must bind, if not bond, facing the sadistic drill sergeant during their physically ruthless and mentally abusive training, which is heading for tragedy. Meanwhile, their boyish minds wander often to sexual frustrations, from obsession with potency (and escaping virginity) to prejudice against gays. Armed only with his sense of humor, Eugene is determined to leave camp with everything he came with. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Army made Eugene a man. But Daisy gave him basic training! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Frog Bayou, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,184,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,684,798
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As customary for most of the filmed versions of his plays, playwright 'Neil Simon' penned the screenplay for this movie of his 1984 play "Biloxi Blues" which won 3 Tony Awards. See more »

Goofs

In the dance sequence with Eugene and Daisy during "How High the Moon" as they slowly dance in circles, you can see the shadow of the entire crew, camera and boom against the back wall with each rotation! See more »

Quotes

[the boys are waiting their turn to see a prostitute]
Eugene Morris Jerome: Hey, what if she's ugly. I mean, really ugly.
Selridge: Then you close your eyes and you think of some cheerleader.
Eugene Morris Jerome: I don't want to close my eyes, that's the same as doing it to yourself.
Selridge: Not if you're feeling someone underneath you, or on top of you.
Eugene Morris Jerome: On top of me? Who would be on top of me?
Selridge: She would. She could be anywhere. Under a table, on a chair, or an ironing board.
Eugene Morris Jerome: On an ironing board? What kind of girl is this? I thought we were going to a ...
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Marie
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great flick
17 September 2008 | by ss97-1See all my reviews

I must say I'm a little surprised this movie did not scoring higher with the IMDb readers. I really expected it to be marked higher. While the movie is a comedy I would not say it is hysterically funny, so perhaps that is why the score is not higher. Maybe people felt it should have been funnier. I don't know.

Regardless, this movie is very well done and funny. Not funny as in a bust your gut kind of way - but funny enough to make you smile and laugh most of the time. It has a few serious moments that tie it into the reality of war and living in the armed forced. Although it is period sensitive the writers did well to make it applicable even years later.

The acting is excellent, and Walken is brilliant as the complex Sgt. in charge of the young troops. I'm not sure Walken was ever better in a role, he is just pure genius.

The rest of the cast is wonderful as well, from top to bottom you end up liking the cast more and more as the movie unfolds. And in the end it is impossible to say anyone was miscast or uncomfortable.

I would say if you have not seen this movie, you should because it is a classic.


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