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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 »
As mentioned above in another goof note, Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter may be a combat veteran of two wars. Unless he rose up in ranks within 10 years (this movie is copy-write 1963,) his ribbons and awards on his chest do not reflect the two Korean awards he should be wearing. The Korean War Medal for serving within Korea. And/or Korean War Service Medal for serving anywhere during the conflict dates.Additionally, he should also be awarded The United Nations Service Medal for Korea (UNKM). See more »
[Looking at himself in a full-length mirror]
You know, Eustis, all men are vain in one way or another. I happen to be a secret narcissist.
Really? Well, Maxwell, I thought you was nutty about girls as anybody else.
[Turning and giving Pvt. Clay a curious look]
"Narcissist" is a ten-letter word meaning a person who likes to admire himself...
[turning back to look at himself in the mirror]
Let me tell you something, my friend: being a fat narcissist isn't easy.
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This film is a comedy, drama, buddy movie, love story, tear jerker and coming of age film, all rolled very nicely into one very entertaining film. Gleason usually the comic, is brilliant as Maxwell Slaughter, demonstrating his underappreciated dramatic talents. McQueen, in a rare comedic role, shines also. As a pair, they truly can "rule the world". I give it 10 stars out of 10. A classic, and one of the best films no one ever heard of.
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