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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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Director:
Writers:
Len Blum (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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Classic Military Comedy With A Vintage Performance By Murray See more (134 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 ... 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)
 
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
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)
 
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)
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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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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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Diehl stayed in character as the not-too-bright Cruiser throughout filming. After the film wrapped, Diehl apologized to Ivan Reitman for being dumb all the time.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Right after the EM-50 is driven into the Czech camp, the enemy officer is seen walking around the back of the vehicle twice.See more »
Quotes:
Recruiter:Now, are either of you homosexuals?
John Winger:[John and Russell look at each other] You mean, like, flaming, or...
Recruiter:Well, it's a standard question we have to ask.
Russell Ziskey:No, we're not homosexual, but we are *willing to learn*.
John Winger:Yeah, would they send us someplace special?
Recruiter:I guess that's "no" on both. Now if you could just give Uncle Sam your autograph...
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Soundtrack:
Do Wah Diddy DiddySee more »

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Classic Military Comedy With A Vintage Performance By Murray, 8 June 2007
Author: treeskier802 from United States

By today's standards, Stripes probably doesn't hold up to such comedies like Wedding Crashers or Old School where there are laughs every minute of the film. But Stripes is a classic comedy that paved the way for such modern films, and fans of Bill Murray should check it out.

As a kid, I used to watch this movie over and over. My friend and I would rewind the scene where the guys were sitting in the barracks telling each other their stories about why they joined the army. This scene is one of my all-time favorites in any comedy I've ever seen.

Murray's performance is vintage in this film. He is awesome as a smart-alec loser who you just have to root for because of his charm and sense of humor and his ability to not care about anything at all. Ramis is also very good as Murray's best friend; the two have great chemistry together.

Anyone who has ever been in the military will find this movie hilarious. The film does a great job with all the secondary characters such as Ox (John Candy), Elmo (Judge Reinhold), Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates, and Psycho (Conrad Dunn). The two MPs played by PJ Soles and Sean Young are also sexy and great.

With its 1970s/80s humor and its classic soundtrack, this movie is probably not something anyone under 30 would enjoy. If you like Bill Murray or have been in the military, then you should give this one a look. Rating 8 of 10 stars.

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