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Stripes -- Bill Murray and Harold Ramis as bootcamp flatfoots who join the Army to meet girls and actually succeed. Mud wrestling will never be the same.
Stripes -- Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.


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26 June 1981 (USA) See more »
The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls
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  (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 ... Gen. Barnicke

Lois Hamilton ... Stillman's Girlfriend (as Lois Areno)
Samuel Briggs ... Corporal
Joseph X. Flaherty ... Sgt. 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)
Stan Rodarte ... Enemy Soldier (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. Tandy ... Extra (uncredited)

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)
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
Chris Strong .... electrician
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
Location Management
Bill Borden .... location manager (as William R. Borden)
William R. Borden .... location manager
Sam Mercer .... location manager (as Samuel L. Mercer)
Michael King .... location assistant (uncredited)
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
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
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)
Nick Albrecht .... special thanks
John Y. Brown .... the producers would also like to thank, for their warm hospitality (as Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown)
Victor Cox .... special thanks
Orlando Fernandez .... special thanks
Phyllis George .... the producers would also like to thank, for their warm hospitality (as Phyllis George Brown)
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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Additional Details

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Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use
106 min | USA:126 min (extended version) | Spain:117 min (extended version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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?

Conrad Dunn remembered John Candy inviting the men in the platoon to his house while filming was under way, for a homemade spaghetti dinner and to watch the famous Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán II No Más Fight (November 25, 1980). He recalled that he and Candy were the only two cast members who knew the lyrics to the song, "Doo Wah Diddy", and taught them the rest of the company. "I really enjoyed playing Psycho", he said.See more »
Factual errors: While Ox and several other characters gut true boot camp haircuts, taken down to the barest of stubble, Winger, Zisky, Elmo and Psycho among others have haircuts that are too long to be the norm at the start of boot camp.See more »
John Winger:Tito Puente's gonna be dead, and you're gonna say, "Oh, I've been listening to him for years, and I think he's fabulous."See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
It Can Stand Up To Goofballs., 15 December 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Despite the fact that there is no way on God's green earth or this country's army that such a set of circumstances could ever happen, that's still no reason not to enjoy Stripes. The film is in a long line of service comedies that date all the way back to Charlie Chaplin's Shoulder Arms and further than that. Even Shakespeare found some humor in army life, just read how Falstaff made do in the service of his king.

Of course Falstaff wasn't a drill sergeant like Warren Oates who had a platoon of underachievers with the likes of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy as recruits. As is usual the service comedies make a mistake in that the basic training company stays intact with the same sergeant. In real life Oates would have taken a drink when the eight weeks was done and gone on to some fresh young trainees.

But some brain in the Pentagon decides that what a new type urban assault vehicle needs is some fresh recruits to maintain it, reasoning if the vehicle is worthy it can stand up to goofballs. The vehicle looks like your ordinary average camper, in fact Murray and Ramis while they're guarding it decide it would be a great chick magnet. So they pick up a pair of female MPs in P.J. Soles and Sean Young.

The officer in charge is John Larroquette who isn't much better than the recruits he has and when the vehicle turns up missing, he sounds the general alarm worthy of the Captain in Mister Roberts. He leads the whole troop after Murray and Ramis right into at that time Communist Czechoslovakia and some nasty Russians. Good thing they didn't have their A team playing either.

Stripes is your typical armed service comedy with a nice Eighties twist from Bill Murray and a crew from Saturday Night Live just coming into their prime as players. John Larroquette is the best in the film, imagine ADA Dan Fielding in an army uniform and you got Larroquette's character. You notice the New York County DA's office never gives Fielding any really big cases to handle.

And yes that vehicle can withstand anything and it has more tricks than James Bond's Astin-Martin. To see what and how much, you have to watch Stripes.

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