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4 April 1984 (France) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Matthew Modine ... Billy

Michael Wright ... Carlyle

Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Richie

David Alan Grier ... Roger

Guy Boyd ... Rooney

George Dzundza ... Cokes
Albert Macklin ... Martin
B.J. Cleveland ... Pfc. Bush

Bill Allen ... Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ... MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward ... MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain ... Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)

Todd Savell ... MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert ... Dr. Banes
Dustye Winniford ... Staff Sergeant
Robert S. Reed ... MP

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
David Rabe (play)

David Rabe (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... associate producer
Robert Michael Geisler .... executive producer
Nick J. Mileti .... producer
John Roberdeau .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Pierre Mignot (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Norman Smith  (as Norman C. Smith)
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Art Direction by
Stephen Altman  (as Steve Altman)
Costume Design by
Scott Bushnell 
Makeup Department
Boozie Harris .... barber
Production Management
Allan F. Nicholls .... production manager (as Allan Nicholls)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ned Dowd .... second assistant director
Allan F. Nicholls .... first assistant director (as Allan Nicholls)
Art Department
Robert Brown .... set dresser
Mike Doran .... scenic artist
Mike Doran .... set builder
Mike Doran .... set designer
Michael D. Murray .... set designer
Paul Rohrig .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Mike Apsey .... boom operator
Nancy Attas .... sound editor
Ken Eluto .... sound editor
Paul Freedman .... sound editor
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Lesley Topping .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist: Trans/Audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... assistant camera
Murray K. Campbell .... gaffer (as Murray Campbell)
John Knight .... key grip
Jean Lépine .... assistant camera (as Jean Lepine)
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Edwards .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mickey Kaczorowski .... apprentice editor
Juliet Weber .... assistant editor
Other crew
Doug Cole .... production coordinator
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Nick J. Mileti .... presenter
Dan Perri .... title designer
Mike Childress .... stage manager (uncredited)
Scott MacDonough .... publicity coordinator (uncredited)
Jim Brackenridge .... special thanks (as Major Jim Brackenridge)

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118 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:-12 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | South Africa:16LV | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2008) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

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None of the original Broadway cast members reprized their roles in this feature filmed version.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Opera (1987)See more »
The Kind of Boy You Can't ForgetSee more »


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Full stream ahead, 13 April 2015
Author: videorama-759-859391 from adelaide, australia

I first saw this film when I was 15, and was pretty wowed by it, especially it's high level use of the F word. Just recently watching it again, there wasn't that much bad language. Later discovering this was a Robert Altman film, this didn't surprise me, as he did another set piece one, continual scene film, 'Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean' at the same time. There is actually a preview of the latter on this film, if you have a VHS copy, which I luckily do. Streamers works mainly cause of the powerful performances, notably Michael Wright, what you may call a deserter, off his nut, who crashes a dorm of Vets, still waiting on their orders to fight that notorious and unforgotten war. He's so powerfully unsettling, because you don't what he'' do next. It's like watching a bi polar patient. The other notable performance is that of Guy Boyd, a great underused actor, as a gung ho sergeant, who sadly, you don't see much of him in this, either. Modine is very strong too as Wright's rival, while Mitchell Lichstein is unforgettably great as the gay homo cadet, who brings so much to the role, an array of emotions. What happened to him? Streamers is basically a character driven, one scene movie, where the tenseness and anxiousness shows in these pre Vet soldiers, one young kid, slashing his wrists at the start, to get a pardon, with one of the creepiest faces I've ever seen. If part of this character, I give the actor full credit. David Allen Grier, a good underrated actor plays another black GI, and Wright's friend. The atmosphere of these actors, doing their thing in a confined set is electric, even the smaller performances as we near it's end, after a double tragedy were great. The films not for everyone, as there are some confronting issues, in what in a pull no punches tale of innocence lost, and tempers flaring of a bunch of apprehensive soldiers, waiting to partake in that ugly war. The highpoint is watching a drunk Guy Boyd (and he's like this for all his scenes) singing instead of Beautiful Dreamer, Beautiful Streamers. George Dzunda, delivers too, especially near the end as Boyd's compadre. The marching gun display in perfect cadence at the start and end credits in frighteningly unsurpassable. Engaging viewing, where if not for the actors, this dorm would coming down.

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