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Stripes (1981)

R | | Action, Comedy, War | 26 June 1981 (USA)
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

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Cruiser
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Roberta Leighton ...
Anita
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Psycho
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Elmo
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Hector (as Antone Pagan)
Glenn-Michael Jones ...
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Storyline

At the end of a very bad day when he realizes his life has gone and is going nowhere, John Winger is able to convince his best friend, Russell Ziskey, whose life is not much better, to enlist in the army, despite they not being obvious soldier material. In basic training, they are only two of a bunch of misfits that comprise their platoon. However, it is still John that is constantly butting heads with their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Two of their saving graces are Stella and Louise, two MPs who get them out of one scrape after another. Their entire platoon is in jeopardy of not graduating. But what happens during basic leads to their entire platoon being assigned to an overseas mission in Italy, to test a new urban assault vehicle, the EM-50 project. John and Russell decide to take the EM-50 for an unauthorized test drive to visit Stella and Louise who have been reassigned to West Germany. In the process, the rest of the platoon, Hulka, and Hulka's immediate superior, ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls

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Action | Comedy | War

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong Join the Army  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$85,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Part of a mini-cycle of Hollywood movies made during the early 1980s centering around military cadet training. The pictures include Taps (1981), Stripes (1981), Private Benjamin (1980), Up the Academy (1980), The Lords of Discipline (1983) and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982). Then the mid-late 1980s saw a few more: Biloxi Blues (1988), Heartbreak Ridge (1986) and Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

Goofs

The manual for the EM-50 that Harold Ramis' character is reading in the hangar states the manual is from the War Department instead of saying Department of Defense. The Department of War existed from 1789 - 1947. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hollister: I'm Captain Hollister, Special Operations Group. Who are you?
John Winger: I'm Major Dodge
John Winger: Captain DeSoto
John Winger: Pleasure to meet you, Hollister. Heard a lot about you.
Captain Hollister: Well, I never heard any of you. And you're not on my roster.
John Winger: That's just the way we like to keep it, captain. It's double double top-secret.
Captain Hollister: Intelligence?
John Winger: Some
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Crazy Credits

Four actors with the first name "John", are listed back -to-back in the final credits: John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad and John Diehl. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) See more »

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Do Wah Diddy Diddy
(uncredited)
Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Judge Reinhold and cast members during marching manoeuvres
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Best Comedy of all times.
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of Bill Murray's best comedy efforts. John Winger the character played by Murray is the best one liner character I have ever seen. Harold Ramis and John Larroquette bring up the levels of character acting to above par for any comedy lover. John Candy and Warren Oates are also very good in there roles that they played. The visuals, and directing were superb for the time frame the movie was made. A great movie, plenty of action, one liners. The commencement scene is by far on of the best directed and acted scenes in a comedy in a long time. I love the movie and recommend seeing it, some scenes may not be suitable for all ages, the TV version takes away from the classic comedy, get the DVD and enjoy the extras and commentary that are available. A MUST HAVE for any movie fan. Comedy lovers must see this one. GREAT! GREAT! GREAT!


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