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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) &
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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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Funny as hell! See more (121 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Murray ... John

Harold Ramis ... Russell Ziskey

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 ... Francis 'Psycho' Soyer

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 ... 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 .... hair stylist (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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (as Raul Bruce)
Jeff Bushelman .... sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Pat Somerset .... sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Stanley Amborn .... special effects (as Stan Amborn)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects supervisor (as Joe Unsinn)
 
Stunts
Steve Blalock .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
Ralph D. Carpenter .... stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Sean Young
Terry James .... stunt coordinator
Mary Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as James Connell)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician
Howard Hagadorn .... second grip
Randy Hart .... best boy
George Hill .... key grip
Charles L. Morgan .... crane grip (as Charles Morgan)
Brian W. Roy .... camera operator
Brian W. Roy .... director of photography: second unit
James M. Sheppherd .... dolly grip (as Jim Sheppherd)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Lynn Tomes .... first assistant camera
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer (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 (as Bob Iannaccone)
Silvio Scarano .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Price .... assistant film editor
Peter Ransohoff .... assistant film editor
Nancy Weizer .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Kathy Durning .... music editor
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
 
Other crew
Bill Borden .... location manager
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
Burke Mattsson .... title designer: MGM Title
Sam Mercer .... location manager (as Samuel L. Mercer)
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
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)
 

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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 | USA:R | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fort Knox is also near the U.S. Bullion Depository.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: John loses his stocking cap reaching into his car while it is getting repossessed. He has it again as he is walking into the apartment with the pizza and his girlfriend's dress.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Stillman:[spying on female soldiers taking showers] I wish I was a loofah.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rubberband ManSee more »

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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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