Streamers (1983)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, War  |  4 April 1984 (France)
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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Macklin ...
B.J. Cleveland ...
Pfc. Bush
Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ...
MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward ...
MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain ...
Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)
MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert ...
Dustye Winniford ...
Staff Sergeant


Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. Written by Humberto Amador

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Director Mike Nichols directed the Broadway season of the "Streamers" play but Nichols did not direct this feature film adaptation. See more »


Richie: [to Billy and Roger] You're going to a whorehouse? That's disgusting.
Billy: Look who's talking!
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ON SCREEN: The World Premiere of STREAMERS was presented at The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut. See more »


Referenced in Robert Altman: Art and Soul (2004) See more »


What A Guy
Performed by Jackie and The Raindrops (as The Raindrops)
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry3
Courtesy of Hudson Bay Music Co.
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Altman's Stab at Vietnam
28 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was excited to see that this film was released on DVD, only to be disappointed when I discovered that it's not available anywhere in the U.S.

My comment on "Streamers" will have to be based on one viewing a few years ago as part of a Robert Altman seminar I took in college. It's a screen adaptation of a David Rabe play, and I look at it as a male counterpart to his virtually all-female stage to screen film from the year before, "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."

In "Streamers," a group of Army recruits sit out a long dark weekend in their barracks, awaiting orders to ship off to Vietnam. It's dark, morbid and tense and covers such hot-button issues as racism and homophobia. I recall it all being a bit heavy-handed and one-note; I was mostly exhausted after it was over, and didn't think it was as skillfully directed as "Come Back to the 5 and Dime," which also suffered from hyperbolic material but which Altman worked wonders with.

"Streamers" does boast some pretty solid performances from a young Matthew Modine (who Altman would use again in "Short Cuts") and David Allan Grier, a far cry from the comic work he would do years later in shows like "In Living Color." If I ever have a chance to see it again, I might revise my opinion. But for now,

Grade: B-

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