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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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Billy
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Carlyle
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Richie
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Roger
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Rooney
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Cokes
Albert Macklin ...
Martin
B.J. Cleveland ...
Pfc. Bush
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Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ...
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Phil Ward ...
MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain ...
Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)
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MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert ...
Dustye Winniford ...
Staff Sergeant
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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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Approved, 'Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)', certificate no. 27116. See more »

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Carlyle: Y'know, if they send me over to that Vietnam, I'll be cool. 'Cause I been dodging bullets and shit, man, ever since I was old enough to get on pussy and make it happy to know me.
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Performed by Jackie and The Raindrops (as The Raindrops)
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GREAT FILM re dramatic consequences of censored communication
20 October 2003 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

There is no other film that deals so confrontingly with homophobia - and with honesty.

It's a deliberately pressured and closed set, but careful editing softens the effect of the confined space. As in Hitchcock's "Rope", the camera never leaves the room, so the viewer feels caged, while the characters can come and go.

The setting is an army barracks in which the men will at any moment be sent overseas for active war duty. The characters have no choice but to negotiate how much they want to know or to accept about eachother.

Long before "don't ask - don't tell" became official US Forces policy, society in general had enforced rigid control over how open any homosexual could be - and Service Personnel have always held the worst reputation for homophobia.

So when Richie flaunts his complete disregard for machismo and swishes around the barracks, he's making one hell of bold statement. He teases Billy mercilessly with come ons, and Billy does his best to call Richie's bluff.

"Streamers" is about the truly dramatic consequences of censored communication. It's a gripping, demanding, powerful and very satisfying film that leaves your head spinning and your heart racing.

You practically need a de-briefing session afterwards, but "Streamers" is certainly one of the most memorable of dramatic movie experiences - on par with "A Clockwork Orange".

The performance by the entire cast is impeccable.


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