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
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Towards the end of the movie when the 3 sailors are in the snowy New Hampshire park cooking hotdogs over the fire, the music being played is The Bells, Suite #6 by William Byrd See more
The MAA Master Chief is not wearing a Master-at-Arms rating badge, he is wearing a Boatswain mate rating badge.
The Master At Arms rating was disestablished in 1921, but was officially re-established on 1 August 1973. Therefore, as the story takes place, a Master Chief Boatswain's Mate being assigned the collateral duty of MAA is entirely accurate. See more
[a woman hears Meadows chanting and invites him to a party
Drop your socks and grab your cocks, we're going to a party.
If this kid gets pussy out of this, I'll eat my fucking flat hat, man.
Referenced in South of the Border
Written by F.W. Meacham
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