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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 »
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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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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)

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', a central theme performed by cast members, was originally recorded in the US by The Exciters in late 1963. During "The British Invasion" it was covered by Manfred Mann and rose to #1 US Pop in July 1964. The song has become a popular cadence in the US military.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Winger and Russell are on guard duty for the EM-50, the camera crew are reflected in the EM-50's paint between their heads.See more »
Quotes:
John Winger:Come on. Let's take the truck.
[John stares at Russell. Russell looks away from the manual to John, then up to the EM-50]
Russell Ziskey:Nooo.
John Winger:Oh yeah.
Russell Ziskey:Nooo.
John Winger:Oh-ho, yeah.
Russell Ziskey:No, no.
John Winger:Oh-oh...
Russell Ziskey:No.
John Winger:...yeah, yeah...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Da Doo Ron RonSee more »

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18 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
With These Guys on the Front Lines..., 11 June 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

In one of his funniest comedies, Bill Murray takes on the U.S. Army, and without question, with guys like this on the front lines, we can all sleep a little easier at night. `Stripes,' directed by Ivan Reitman, is the story of John Winger (Murray), who in one day loses his girl, his job, his car and his apartment. So what's a guy to do after that, but join the Army? But he doesn't go alone, oh no-- he also talks his best friend, Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) into joining with him. And just like that they find themselves at boot camp, face to face with one of the most formidable Drill Instructors every to grace the silver screen, Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates), and surrounded by as motley a group of raw recruits as anyone could imagine. Among them, there's Dewey Oxburger (John Candy), known as `Ox,' who plans to emerge from boot camp a `lean, mean fighting machine'; and `Cruiser (John Diehl),' who joined up to beat the draft (Hulka: `Son, there isn't a draft, anymore.' Cruiser: `There was one?'); and Francis Soyer (George Jenesky), known as `Psycho' (`Call me Francis, and I'll kill you. Touch my stuff, and I'll kill you. Touch me...and I'll kill you.' Hulka: `Lighten up, Francis...').

The pressure is on for Hulka and his men, when Colonel Glass (Lance LeGault) informs Captain Stillman (John Larroquette) that the `General' is looking for a squad of crack new recruits to man a special project, and Hulka's boys have been chosen. The project involves a secret weapon, an `urban assault' vehicle, that is to be unveiled on their base in Germany shortly. But first, Hulka has to get his troops through basic, which will be a minor miracle in itself, even though Winger goes `Out on a limb,' and offers to be their leader. And things proceed just as badly as you would expect, not only on the obstacle course, but off, when Winger and Ziskey get mixed up with a couple of female M.Ps., Stella (P.J. Soles) and Louise (Sean Young), and Ox gets coerced (by Winger, of course) into taking part in a female mud-wrestling event at a local night spot.

Along the way, Reitman sets up the situations for some serious laughs, and keeps it all on track with a good pace and excellent timing. Murray is terrific as Winger, with a performance that puts a generous helping of `dry' in the expression `dry humor.' He plays it all so straight, so serious, from his quips and one liners (watching a TV promo for the Army, `This looks pretty good--'), to his full blown inspirational speech to the troops on the night before their final test at basic training (`We're all very different people. We're not Spartans, we're not Watusi, we're Americans, with a capital ‘A.' That means our forefathers were thrown out of every decent country in the world--'), that it makes it all the more hilarious. He never tries to be `funny,' or fish for laughs, which is really what makes this movie work so well. Murray is perhaps the best in the business at playing this kind of humor and putting it across (Ben Stiller would be a close second).

Harold Ramis and John Candy also make invaluable contributions that make this one fly. Watch Ramis, reacting to what Candy is saying as `Ox,' as explains why he joined the Army; it makes what Ox is saying twice as funny. And Ox, talking about what a `shy guy' he is, and how `You may have noticed, I have this weight problem--' And Oates, as well, gives a singular performance that makes Hulka a real person, beyond the typical stereotype of the hard-nosed D.I. His portrayal, taken out of context, is one that would stand up even in more serious fare, like Kubrick's `Full Metal Jacket.'

The supporting cast includes Judge Reinhold (Elmo), John Voldstad (Stillman's Aide), Roberta Leighton (Anita), Antone Pagan (Hector), Fran Ryan (Dowager in Cab), Dave Thomas (M.C.) and William Lucking (Recruiter). From beginning to end, `Stripes' is a fun-filled laugh riot that's filled with memorable scenes and a plethora of lines you'll be quoting forever. This is one you can watch over and over again, with a bunch of characters you're never going to forget. Winger and Ziskey, Ox, Psycho, Cruiser. These are the guys who Demi Moore, as Galloway in `A Few Good Men,' could have been talking about when, in response to the question of why she likes these guys so much, replies, `Because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch...' It kind of makes you think. Or, as Cruiser might say, `Yeah... About what?' I rate this one 10/10.

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