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
When we first meet Hulka, many of the cast members who are laughing are genuinely laughing, as much improvisation caught them off guard, this is especially apparent with Judge Reinhold. See more »
Capt. Stillman is seen visiting the Mortar Range. While visiting the
Range he orders two soldiers to fire their weapon even though it has
not been set up properly. These two soldiers should have immediately
disobeyed that order for safety reasons. But the two soldiers obeyed
the order allowing the Mortar Round to fly blindly and injuring Sgt Hulka.
In actuality Capt. Stillman would not be allowed on the Mortar Range if
his Company is not scheduled to be there. He would either be accompanying
his men or he would be in his office. See more »
[Russell has just accosted John, who is trying to sneak off the base in the middle of the night... Russell has John on the ground]
Where do you think you're going? Are you going AWOL? Are you going AWOL?
No, I'm deserting.
You idiot! You desert now, it's a federal offense!
I'll take my chances with the feds!
You're not going anywhere!
[pulls him up and throws him up against a tank]
You listen to me! You're gonna finish basic training! You're gonna keep your mouth shut, and you're gonna do ...
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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 »
He quit his job and lost his girlfriend. before Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, he was just a wacky pain-in-the-ass recruit that gave Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates) nightmares. When it comes to comedy Bill Murray is a winner hands down.
Add in John Candy; John Larroquette as the peeping Capt. Stillman; Judge Reinhold; Harold Ramis; the quick peep at Roberta Leighton; and the hot Lois Hamilton and you have a military comedy of errors that will keep you in stitches.
Of course there is a lot of beautiful scenery in this film in the showers and in the mud pit.
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