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Biloxi Blues (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  25 March 1988 (USA)
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A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

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Joseph Wykowski
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Roy Selridge
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Storyline

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 Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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boot camp | sergeant | gay | train | love | See more »

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The Army made Eugene a man. But Daisy gave him basic training!

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Comedy | Drama

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25 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,184,798 (USA)
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Trivia

The opening and closing scenes, of a train crossing a bridge, are the same shot. The closing scene is merely reversed. See more »

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Sgt. Toomey tells Epstein he may be the "first man to reach Berlin, because I'm sending you in before everyone." The movie takes place in July 1945, and the war in Europe ended in May 1945. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Wykowski: I've got three enemies now, Jerome. The Japs, the Germans, and you!
Eugene Morris Jerome: I wasn't in on that Pearl Harbor thing.
[Epstein, who has a problem with flatulence, selects the bunk next to Selridge]
Arnold Epstein: Is this bunk taken?
Selridge: Oh, no! I don't mind dyin', but I don't wanna get my nose blown off...
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Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Casey Siemaszko
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character comedy/drama
1 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Biloxi Blues is a wonderful character comedy with strong dramatic scenes as well. Eugene Jerome (Matthew Broderick) is an anti-hero, who is typically concerned with making wisecracks, rebelling against the rigid drill Sergeant (Christopher Walken), and talking about wanting to become a writer. Similar to the dark pathos of characters in Catch-22, Biloxi Blues exposes men in the service who do not want to be there, who are incompetent, and basically as far from battlefield heroism as you can imagine. Mike Nichols directs, and his comedic and dramatic pace is pitched perfectly for the film.

The movie has quotable lines throughout. But if you are looking for a typical war movie, this is not for you. There are no heros, at least in the conventional sense, as the story focuses upon the dusty boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi. The story does deal with sharp internal conflicts, and the cultural topics addressed emerge strongly against the backdrop of one of the US's most traditional institutions: the military. Although it has been over fifteen years since the release of the movie, the conflict in the movie feels timely and relevant for today's world. It's the type of tight, well-written comedy that rarely exists in current cinema.


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