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Stripes -- Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.
Stripes -- Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

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Director:
Writers:
Len Blum (written by) &
Daniel Goldberg (written by) ...
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Release Date:
26 June 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls
Plot:
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Funny as hell! See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Murray ... John

Harold Ramis ... Russell

Warren Oates ... Sgt. Hulka

P.J. Soles ... Stella

Sean Young ... Louise

John Candy ... Ox

John Larroquette ... Capt. Stillman
John Voldstad ... Stillman's Aide

John Diehl ... Cruiser
Lance LeGault ... Col. Glass
Roberta Leighton ... Anita

Conrad Dunn ... Psycho

Judge Reinhold ... Elmo

Antone Pagan ... Hector
Glenn-Michael Jones ... Leon

William Lucking ... Recruiter (as Bill Lucking)

Fran Ryan ... Dowager in Cab

Joe Flaherty ... Border Guard (as Joseph P. Flaherty)

Nick Toth ... Border Guard

Dave Thomas ... M.C.
Robin Klein ... Cheerleader

Robert J. Wilke ... General Barnicke

Lois Hamilton ... Stillman's Girlfriend (as Lois Areno)
Samuel Briggs ... Corporal
Joseph X. Flaherty ... Sergeant Crocker
Hershel B. Harlson ... Shoeshine Man

Timothy Busfield ... Soldier with Mortar
Solomon Schmidt ... Store Owner
Gino Gottarelli ... Russian Officer
Gene Scherer ... Russian Officer
Dawn Clark ... Mud Wrestler

Anita Merritt ... Mud Wrestler (as Juanita Merritt)
Susan Mechsner ... Mud Wrestler
Sue Bowser ... Mud Wrestler
Linda Dupree ... Mud Wrestler
Leslie Henderson ... Mud Wrestler
Craig Schaefer ... Soldier outside Motor Pool
Arkady Rakhman ... Immigrant
Pamela Bowman ... Cruiser's Girl
Gerard J. Counts ... Russian Soldier
Yetim Buntsis ... Russian Soldier
Semyon Veyts ... Russian Soldier
Larry R. Gillette ... Russian Soldier
Glenn Leigh Marshall ... Russian Soldier
Dale Prince ... Russian Soldier
Larry Odell Lane ... Soldier
Joyce D. Helmus ... Soldier
David A. Mullins ... Soldier
Bruce E. Ellis ... Soldier
David D. Platko ... Soldier
Phillip A. Urbansky ... Soldier
William R. Sykes ... Soldier

Bill Paxton ... Soldier
J.A. Crawford ... Soldier

Michael Flynn ... Soldier
Norman Mont-Eton ... Policeman
Mark S. Markowicz ... Policeman
Jeff Viola ... Policeman
Robert Dulaine ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Donald Gibb ... Bouncer in Mud Wrestling Bar (uncredited)
Michael King ... Soldier (uncredited)

Dennis Quaid ... Extra at Graduation Ceremony (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ivan Reitman 
 
Writing credits
Len Blum (written by) &
Daniel Goldberg (written by) (as Dan Goldberg) and
Harold Ramis (written by)

Produced by
Daniel Goldberg .... producer (as Dan Goldberg)
Joe Medjuck .... associate producer
Ivan Reitman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Keller 
Michael Luciano 
Eva Ruggiero 
 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer 
 
Set Decoration by
Carl Biddiscombe 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Chuck House .... makeup artist (as Charles House)
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as Jim McCoy)
Carol A. O'Connell .... hairstylist (as Carol O'Connell)
 
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fortmuller .... dga trainee
James M. Freitag .... second assistant director
Richard Learman .... assistant director
Donald Newman .... second assistant director (as Donald J. Newman)
 
Art Department
Louis S. Fleming .... assistant property master (as Louis Fleming)
Sam Gordon .... property master
William F. Matthews .... set designer (as William Mathews)
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Sandy Veneziano .... set designer (as Sandra Veneziano)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... rerecording mixer
Tom Beckert .... rerecording mixer
Raul A. Bruce .... boomman (as Raul Bruce)
Jeff Bushelman .... sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Michael Jiron .... rerecording mixer
Pat Somerset .... sound editor
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (uncredited)
David E. Stone .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stanley Amborn .... special effects (as Stan Amborn)
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects supervisor (as Joe Unsinn)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Blalock .... stuntman
John Cade .... stuntman
Ralph D. Carpenter .... stuntman
Terry James .... stunt coordinator
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Sean Young (uncredited)
Mary Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as James Connell)
Howard Hagadorn .... second grip
Randy Hart .... best boy
George Hill .... key grip
Charles L. Morgan .... crane grip (as Charles Morgan)
James M. Sheppherd .... dolly grip (as Jim Sheppherd)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Lynn Tomes .... first assistant cameraman
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer (uncredited)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator (uncredited)
Brian W. Roy .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Norman Bennett .... casting assistant
Pat Hamilton .... casting assistant
Olivia Maggard .... casting: Kentucky
Debbie Peterson .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Iannaccone .... costumer: men's (as Bob Iannaccone)
Silvio Scarano .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Siebert .... costumer: women's (as Barbara Sebern)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Price .... assistant film editor
Peter Ransohoff .... assistant film editor
Nancy Weizer .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Peter Bernstein .... orchestration
Kathy Durning .... music editing
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Pat Desmond .... transportation coordinator (as Pat Desmond Jr.)
Ron Riner .... transportation coordinator
Mike Robinson .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bill Borden .... location manager (as William R. Borden)
William R. Borden .... location manager
Eudie Charnes .... production office coordinator
Ronn Forella .... choreographer: Graduation sequence
Arthur Goldweit .... assistant choreographer
Leroy Heuglin .... liaison: Kentucky
Robert F. Kocourek .... auditor (as Robert Kocourek)
Robert F. Kocourek .... production accountant (as Robert Kocourek)
Yvonne Lacer .... production secretary
Brian Lindquist .... unit publicist
Judith Margolin .... secretary to the producers
Burke Mattsson .... titles designed by: MGM Title
Sam Mercer .... location manager (as Samuel L. Mercer)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Anne Robinson .... secretary to the producers
Barry Sprouse .... technical advisor (as Capt. Barry Sprouse)
Marion F. Williams .... technical advisor (as C.S.M. Marion F. Williams)
Michael King .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nick Albrecht .... special thanks
John Y. Brown .... the producers would also like to thank, for their warm hospitality (as Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown)
Phyllis George Brown .... the producers would also like to thank, for their warm hospitality
Victor Cox .... special thanks
Orlando Fernandez .... special thanks
Richard Harris .... special thanks
Steve Havens .... special thanks
Dewey Kays .... special thanks
Leroy Lay .... special thanks
Wayne Maeser .... special thanks
Charles Mudd .... special thanks
Larry Shircliff .... special thanks
James Sparks .... special thanks
William Stansbury .... the producers would also like to thank, for their warm hospitality (as Louisville Mayor William Stansbury)
Dennis Thorp .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
Runtime:
106 min | USA:126 min (extended version) | Spain:117 min (extended version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (original rating) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) (extended version) (2005) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (extended version) (2005) | Finland:K-11 (uncut) (2005) | Finland:K-12 (cut) (1981) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 (1981) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (1992) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: extended version) (2005) | USA:R | West Germany:12
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Ivan Reitman, Bill Murray insisted 'Harold Ramis (I)' be cast as his friend for two reasons: 1. They were long time friends in real life. 2. So Ramis could help Murray re-write his dialog or help him improvise.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the EM-50 is driving up to the resort to pick up their MP girlfriends, the drivers arm is visible wearing a checked shirt. When Russell and Winger get out both are wearing jackets with no checkered shirts.See more »
Quotes:
Sergeant Hulka:Men, welcome to the United States Army. I'm Sergeant Hulka. I'm your drill sergeant. Before we proceed any further, we gotta get something straight. Your mamas are not here to take care of you now. It's just you, me, and Uncle Sam. And before I leave you, you're gonna find out that me and Uncle Sam are one in the same.
John Winger:Uncle Hulka?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Community: Pilot (#1.1)" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Da Doo Ron RonSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and the Extended Cut?
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Funny as hell!, 5 March 2002
Author: superboy478 from U.S.A.

Stripes is a raunchy, adult comedy from critically acclaimed producer/director Ivan Reitman (Evolution, Kindergarten Cop). And it stars Bill Murray (The Royal Tenenbaums), Harold Ramis (As Good as it Gets), John Candy (Uncle Buck), Warren Oates (True Grit).

Low life cab driver John Winger (Bill Murray) loses a lot in 2 hours. That is his job, his apartment, his girlfriend, his car. So, he decides that he's had enough of his pathetic life in New York, so he decides to join the army. He also talks his friend Russel Ziskey (Harold Ramis) into joining with him.

When they finally do join, they are both put into a platoon drilled by Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates) who has his eye on John. They both go through weeks and weeks of hell by doing basic training and putting up with Sgt. Hulka. But, they full fill their goal by meeting Stella (P.J. Soles) and Louise (Sean Young), two beautiful MP's who have their eys on Russel and John.

As the story moves on, they go to battle in Germany and end up in more hilarious confilcts.

I must say, I think that Warren Oates was a perfect choice for Sgt. Hulka, and that he was so brilliant and funny with the character. I give him graditude. 1921-1982

This is not a movie for kids, but teens may enjoy it if they are looking for a hilarious comedy. STRIPES is 100% classic and comedy!

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