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G.I. Blues (1960)

Tulsa, a soldier with dreams of running his own nightclub, places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can win the heart of an untouchable dancer...but when Dynamite is transferred, Tulsa must replace him in the bet.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lili
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Cookie
James Douglas ...
Rick
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Tina (as Leticia Roman)
Sigrid Maier ...
Marla
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Sgt. McGraw
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Jeeter
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Capt. Hobart
Kenneth Becker ...
Mac (as Ken Becker)
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Turk
Beach Dickerson ...
Warren
Trent Dolan ...
Mickey
Carl Crow ...
Walt
Fred Essler ...
Papa Mueller
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Storyline

Tulsa is a specialist in the US Army stationed in Germany. He loves to sing and has dreams to run his own nightclub when he leaves the army....but dreams don't come cheap. Tulsa places a bet with his friend Dynamite that he can spend the night with a club dancer named Lili, who is rumored to be hard to get. When Dynamite gets transferred, Tulsa is brought in to take his place. He is not looking forward to it, but in order to keep his money, he must go through with it. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Your favorite star is again in the lead... [Finland] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Café Europa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,300,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film marked the first collaboration between Elvis Presley and Norman Taurog. See more »

Goofs

When the GIs are on the train to Frankfurt, Elvis is singing Frankfurt Special. He stand from the seat playing an acoustical guitar, but the music heard is actually an electric guitar. See more »

Quotes

Lili: I didn't think I would see you again.
Tulsa McLean: Yeah, that goes for me, too. Yes, sir, I'm sure glad I had to babysit tonight.
Lili: Oh, you like babies?
Tulsa McLean: After they grow up.
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Featured in Elvis at the Movies (2002) See more »

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Elvis' career changing movie
11 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Elvis was photographed in uniform while still in service (in Germany) for this amusing, light service comedy. He must make good on a bet made for another serviceman who's been sent to Alaska -- to bed dancer Prowse within a week. She's legendarily cold, but warms up to E's garrulous charms and his chivalry. She takes him out to the country, where he sings to her on a ski-lift and (unfortunately) at a children's puppet show. This is really the beginning of the new Elvis, the family Elvis, which is now despised by many fans of his grittier 50s act, but also really helped him sustain his career through the weird 60s pop music atmosphere. A lot of people that are into Elvis are down on his movie recordings, but the fact is that this is what kept his stuff going when others who came up in rock and roll (Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent, Bill Haley, etc.) were faltering or beginning exclusively European and Mexican tours and films.

The film, as it is, should serve as nostalgia for some, and as a bright spot of silliness on the now much bleaker cinema screens.


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