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Soldier in the Rain (1963)

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The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.

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MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
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Sgt. Eustis Clay
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Bobby Jo Pepperdine
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Lt. Magee
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MP Sgt. James Priest
Lew Gallo ...
Sgt. Fred Lenahan
Rockne Tarkington ...
Sgt. William Booth
Paul Hartman ...
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John Hubbard ...
Battalion Major
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Frances McCoy
Sam Flint ...
Old Man
Lewis Charles ...
Sgt. Tozzi
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Sentemental military comedy revolves around two contemporary army buddies, Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter (Jackie Gleason), a smooth operator, who supply Sergeant Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen) idolizes and hopes will join him as a civilian in a private business enterprise. Clay endeavors to be a player in the military, just like Slaughter, but it seems as though Clay still has a lot to learn from his mentor. They are joined by Tuesday Weld as a shrill dizzy blonde teenager named Bobby Jo Pepperdine and Tony Bill as bumbling Private First Class Jerry Meltzer, McQueen's screwball sidekick. Written by alfiehitchie

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A grand pair - add a brand new curve to AN OLD ARMY GAME! See more »

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27 November 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Compañeros de armas y puñetazos  »

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Jackie Gleason released a version of the title music as a single on Capitol in early 1964, with another Henry Mancini composition, Bird Brain, as the b-side. This puts Soldier in the Rain (1963) in the same category as Thunder Road (1958) and Because They're Young (1960): movies which had a version of the theme song performed by a member of the cast and released as a single, while that version wasn't the one used in the movie. See more »

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At the shooting gallery, in between bites, Bobby Joe's cotton candy is out of frame and suddenly loses half it's volume. See more »

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Slaughter: [Eustis is trying to talk Maxwell into leaving the Army, and joining him in lucrative civilian business deals] The world's outside that window, Eustis, and it scares me. It's awfully big out there.
Clay: You don't make no sense at all, Maxwell. You ain't scared of nothin'!
Slaughter: Oh, yes I am. You forget, I was a civilian once.
Clay: It'll be different now - you'll see.
Slaughter: I doubt it. Memories are still very strong... Childhood, growing up. "Fat boy on the block." I was always fat, Eustis. Thyroid condition. Fat baby...
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The odd couple - military style

Buddy movies seem to work particularly well when the twosome is made up of opposing elements often reflected in physical types and races. Pryor and Wilder, Mostel and Wilder, Glover and Gibson, the list goes on... Steve Mcqueen and Jackie Gleason are certainly an unexpected buddy duo, but it's a coupling which works very well.

The heroic action type seems to have dominated Mcqueen's career. As an actor he was capable of a lot more. As a likeable rogue he brought much charm to "The Reivers" similar to what we find in "Soldier in the Rain" though with an added edge of eccentricity.

Jackie Gleason, (who not only looks like Orson Welles but seems to sound like him to here), complements the duo with his own inimitable charm. Tuesday Weld, who as always has that special charm of her own, adds to the general good vibe this innocuous army life comedy has to offer.

While not exactly a film of much importance, its undeniable abundance of good nature plus talented cast make it a pleasant way to pass 88 minutes.


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