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Privates on Parade (1983)

R | | Comedy, Drama, War | 18 March 1983 (UK)
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The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Pearson ...
Sergeant Steven Flowers
Sergeant Major Reg Drummond
Joe Melia ...
Sergeant Len Bonny
Captain Sholto Savory
Acting Lieutenant Sylvia Morgan
Sergeant Eric Young-Love
Sergeant Charles Bishop
Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright
Robin Langford ...
Denis Quilley ...
Acting Captain Terri Dennis
Steve Dixon ...
Jasper Jacob ...
Bass Player
Leonard Preston ...
Peter Hutchinson ...
Trumpet Player


The members of SADUSEA (Song And Dance Unit South East Asia) fall in and out of love while trying to dodge Malayan Communist bullets in the late 1940s. Not only that, they have to contend with a loony, bible bashing Major who creates far more danger than any of the jungle inhabitants. Only gay captain Dennis Quilley seems capable of coping with him but even he isn't aware of the cowardly Michael Elphick selling arms to the natives. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Malaysia, 1947. Some fought. Some danced.


Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

18 March 1983 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Angyalbőrben  »

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1.85 : 1
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The character Terri Dennis was inspired by Barri Chatt. See more »


Acting Captain Terri Dennis: [dressed as Carmen Miranda, singing] Come and spend a week-a / Down in Costa Rica! / Come and lose / Your heart in Veracruz! / Think how you would bragua / In lovely Nicaragua! / That's the way to chase away the blues! / Down in old Havana, / Everything's 'manana'! / No-one work and everybody play! / How could you resist a / Weekend with Batista / The Latin American way!
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Referenced in High Hopes: Privates on Parade (2004) See more »


Music by Peter Yorke
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Fans of John Cleese's comic work need not apply
10 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A bad film. It can't seem to decide whether it wants to be a goofy comedy about flamboyantly gay showtune performers or a tragic and realistic war movie. Any attempts on its part to be both at the same time are unsuccessful, in my opinion.

Big fans of John Cleese might be tempted to watch this movie thinking that Cleese is enjoyable to watch whatever he's in, but he really has nothing to work with in this material. He plays it very straight (in more ways than one) and the filmmakers don't even manage to squeak much humor out of this contrast with the other members of the performing troupe.

Skip this film.

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