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For the Boys (1991)

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U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II and contacts singer/dancer Dixie Leonard for help. They become the perfect team and tour from North... See full summary »

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Mark Rydell

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Neal Jimenez (story), Lindy Laub (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Dixie Leonard
James Caan ... Eddie Sparks
George Segal ... Art Silver
Patrick O'Neal ... Shephard
Christopher Rydell ... Danny Leonard
Arye Gross ... Jeff Brooks
Norman Fell ... Sam Schiff
Rosemary Murphy ... Luanna Trott
Bud Yorkin Bud Yorkin ... Phil
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Loretta
Jack Sheldon ... Wally Fields
Karen Martin Karen Martin ... Victoria Lee
Shannon Wilcox ... Margaret Sparks
Michael Greene ... Maj. Gen. Scott
Melissa Manchester ... Corrine
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Storyline

U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II and contacts singer/dancer Dixie Leonard for help. They become the perfect team and tour from North Africa to the Pacific to perform for "the boys." They continue their work after the war, but when Eddie fires author Silver for getting involved in McCarthy's campaign, Dixie also turns away from him. Written by Volker Boehm

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Laughter and tears. Tragedy and triumph. They lived it all. For the boys.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Por los muchachos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,348, 24 November 1991

Gross USA:

$17,860,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,202,444
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Company Credits

Production Co:

All Girl Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| CDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lonzo Jones turned down a role in this film, due to being cast in a pilot at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Dixie arrives in England in December of 1942, there is a P-51 Mustang on the ramp. This airplane was not in service in December 1942. Also this airplane has the black and white identification stripes not used until June 6, 1944. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: America the land of the fee.
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Land of 1000 Dances
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POIGNANT AND ENTERTAINING
12 November 2004 | by aroth15See all my reviews

A wonderful epic on war, modern American history, entertainment, and music. There is hardly a subject it doesn't touch on, from the 1950s Blacklist, to the antiwar movement in the 1960s, to the exploitation of talent, and to betrayal of friendship in politics and in marriage. All the performances are superb: Midler is extraordinary--her singing, acting, dancing and characterization are peerless; James Caan in one of the finest roles in his post-Godfather career, conveys the talented smarmy-but-sentimental Eddie Sparks; George Segal in a finely nuanced role as Caan's writer, and Arye Gross, who sets the entire backdrop for the story, all are excellent. On top of a plot-line that never sags, we are treated to a musical feast: Many old standards and obscure songs with orchestrations and vocal arrangements that are all first-rate, and the performances are flawless. The dramatization and attention to detail in the various historical periods is accurate and fascinating. Some may find the film too sentimental or simplistic: but it is a film, not an historical study, and sentimentality is different from sentiment. And finally, a movie that not only offers great music, great comedy, a story on an epic scale with characters that are realistic and has you crying in three or four magnificently poignant scenes is truly rare.


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