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Basic Training (1985)

R | | Comedy | November 1985 (USA)
Melinda comes to Washington DC to visit her friend Debbie, and to find a job in government, where she hopes to do her part to make it better. She gets a lower echelon administrative ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Dusenberry ...
Lt. Cranston
Marty Brill ...
General Strombs
William A. Forester ...
General Kane
Major Magnum
Captain Drysdale
Gerard Prendergast ...
Bill Slater
Marty Cohen ...
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Miss Perkins


Melinda comes to Washington DC to visit her friend Debbie, and to find a job in government, where she hopes to do her part to make it better. She gets a lower echelon administrative position at the Pentagon, and finds things pretty slack. Her boss seems to be more interested in getting into her pants than trying to find lost data on the Russians. Melinda resists his advances and begins working her way up in the Pentagon, finding subtle ways of getting her policies implemented by manipulating the slovenly males that populate the Pentagon, including finding a way to defuse the mounting conflict with the Russians. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The comedy that takes the lid off the Pentagon.




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November 1985 (USA)  »

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The actor who played Russian Ambassador Nabokov, Walter Gotell, was popularly known at that time for his role in James Bond movies as the KGB Chief General Gogol. In real life, he is of German descent. See more »


Music and Lyrics by Bob Esty and Michael Cruz
Performed by Mavis
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"To the three f's. Flirty, foreplay and fffffun!"
25 July 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Something you would find on up late night TV, "Up the Military" is amusingly straight-forward, madcap 80s sexploitation comedy produced by none other than Playboy enterprises. The wonderfully attractive Ann Dusenberry plays Melinda -- a headstrong lady who moves to Washington with big ambitions to make some sort of difference. There she moves in with her friend Debbie and her ditsy flatmate Cheryl. Debbie manages to get Melinda a job at her work… the Pentagon. She starts off as an administrative sectary, but her boss Lt. Cranston seems more interested in getting to know her intimately than doing his work. However this isn't just her own boss, as all the military officers seem to have nothing more than sex and women on mind. This makes her uncomfortable, but she comes to the realization that she could use it to her favour to get what she wants and move up the ranks.

A capable Dusenberry is the film's backbone in a straight-laced performance, which transforms into seductive empowerment. Where she goes on to sensationally manipulate the sexual advancements to her own advantage. As she dominates and teases her way to the top, as she knows what makes these men weak at the knees. She played a very similar role three years earlier in "National Lampoon's Movie Madness", but this one is a lot better. The playful cast features some salty beauties in the shape of Rhonda Shear and Angela Aames who played the raunchy, free and easy characters Debbie and Cheryl. Will Nye is enjoyable as the patriotic, but sex craved Lt. Cranston. Director Andrew Sugarman's basic point and shoot handling keeps it quirky and smutty by upping the sleazy nudity and steamy sex quota with an interesting backdrop to set-up in. The military defence really does become the butt of the jokes. Some instances borderline on embarrassing, especially when the mushy music broke out to accompany the scenes of Melinda actually falling in love with a guy she met on a plane. But even with certain lame moments, it stayed watchable.

Typical staples and clumsy execution can't knock that it remains a fun digestible low-budget sex comedy.

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