Thanks to a run of bad luck and go-nowhere jobs, John convinces Russell to join the army so they can get in shape, likening it to a health spa. Once in boot camp, wiseguy John tangles with his by-the-book Sgt. and becomes the unofficial leader for his platoon, made up mostly of other misfits and assorted losers. After somehow making it through graduation, they are given a special assignment but, thanks to John's romantic interest in a pretty MPO, the other men wind up behind the Iron Curtain until John, Russell, their dates and Sgt. Hulka make a daring rescue attempt in explosive style. Written by
Robert J. Wilke had trouble remembering his lines. His shots took longer to shoot than the soldiers' graduation drill routine. See more »
When Ox gets his hair cut at the beginning of basic training, he is shaved nearly bald. When he talks about why he joined the Army, presumably at the end of the same day, his hair looks as if it has grown out for at least two weeks. See more »
[when Russell is teaching English class]
Okay, I know you're anxious to jump right in and start speaking English, but there's a couple of things I need to know first, because I've never done this before. So, how many of you would say you speak English fairly well, but with some difficulties?
A little English?
[a man raises his hand]
Yes? You speak some English?
Man learning English:
Son of bitch. Shit.
Son of bitch. Shit.
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May be THE classic Bill Murray movie, with Murray, Ramis, Candy and other oddballs making it in the Army. There are three general sequences - Murray pre-Army, basic training, and the mission (occurring after Murray and Ramis "borrow" Army test vehicle with their MP girlfriends). Each of the sequences are funny, I personally like Murray pre-Army best and the mission least. Warren Oates as "Sgt. Hulka" is a modern classic. Over twenty years later and this is still the reigning service comedy.
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