Two bawdy, tough looking navy lifers - "Bad-Ass" Buddusky, and "Mule" Mulhall - are commissioned to escort a young pilferer named Meadows to the brig in Portsmouth. Meadows is not much of a thief. Indeed, in his late teens, he is not much of a man at all. His great crime was to try to steal forty dollars from the admiral's wife's pet charity. For this, he's been sentenced to eight years behind bars. At first, Buddusky and Mulhall view the journey as a paid vacation, but their holiday spirits are quickly depressed by the prisoner, who looks prepared to break into tears at any moment. And he has the lowest self-image imaginable. Buddusky gets it into his head to give Meadows a good time and teach him a bit about getting on in the world. Lesson one: Don't take every card life deals you. Next, he teaches Meadows to drink, and, as a coup de grace, finds a nice young whore to instruct him in lovemaking. Mule, who worries aloud about his own position with military authority, seems pleased ... Written by
No *#@!!* Navy's going to give some poor **!!@* kid eight years in the #@!* brig without me taking him out for the time of his *#@!!* life.
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Did You Know?
The US Navy would not allow director Hal Ashby to film on their bases in Norfolk so on-base scenes were filmed in Canada. Twice in the movie, the base in Norfolk is referred to as "Shit City." The scene where the sailors are leaving Norfolk was shot at the Greyhound bus station at the corner of Granby St. and Brambleton Ave. in downtown Norfolk. The gray Navy vehicle turns left off Granby and drops the sailors off at the rear entrance to the station. The bus station and the storefronts along Granby look remarkably the same over 40 years later. See more
When Meadows is in the office waiting to leave for prison, the camera is focused on his shoes, which are all scuffed, but in later scenes his shoes are shined. See more
One time... when I was... Oh Jesus Christ...! A friend of mine was looking for me... and I was up on top of his car and I pissed on his head... just being crazy, you know what I mean?
Don't you get crazy with me!
Features Castle Keep
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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