A New York City teenager named Eugene Jerome enlists in the US Army during the last year of World War II in 1945. Eugene is sent to basic training at Biloxi, Mississippi where he must live with a variety of fellow soldiers from all walks of life while also enduring the whims of a mentally unstable drill sergeant. Written by
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The movie is narrated by a reflective adult and aged Eugene Morris Jerome (Matthew Broderick), Neil Simon dramatic alter ego. Thus Broderick actually plays the character in the film in two different age spans. See more »
During the scene in which Wykowski discovers that his wallet has been emptied, Hennesey tells Wykowski that he's Black Irish. Black Irish refers to those of Irish descent who have dark brown/black hair and brown eyes, as opposed to the fair hair and blue eyes that are more characteristic of the Irish. The actor who portrays Hennesey has red hair and blue eyes. See more »
I would like to make Sergeant Merwyn J. Toomey do 200 push-ups in front of this platoon.
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OK, we all have our favourite poignant movies right?....you know the type - the ones that hold you in rapture - time and again, because it speaks to you on a very personal level and effortlessly touches some part of your emotions that you keep hidden from the world - evoking deeply sad or blissfully happy memories from our own passage through life. Biloxi Blues is that movie for me.
Which of us do not carry emotional scars from; Our first time away from home. Our first time interacting with a group of strangers in a mutual climate. Our first sexual encounter. Our fist kiss. Our first love. Our first brush with authority. Our first glimpse at death.
Biloxi Blues is a movie that embraces many of the "rites of passage" that we all face in life and deals with them using comedy as a foil to gently explore them, without diminishing their poignancy. Neil Simon is peerless in this. The casting is faultless. The acting is immaculate. The humor is intelligent.
If you haven't seen this movie, do so. You can thank me later.
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