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

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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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Though actor Matthew Broderick won a Tony Award for playing Eugene Morris Jerome on Broadway, he did not play the part in the cinema movie of Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), this film's precursor. Broderick would get to play him in this sequel Biloxi Blues (1988). Jonathan Silverman played Eugene Morris Jerome in the Broadway production of "Broadway Bound" and also in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986). Corey Parker portrayed him in the 3rd part telemovie Broadway Bound (1992). On 9th July 1985, Silverman replaced Broderick in the Broadway run of "Brighton Beach Memoirs", his Broadway debut. See more »

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In an early scene an apparent troop train is shown crossing a bridge. The markings on the sides of the passenger cars read: "Erie-Lackawanna". These two railroads did not merge until 1960. See more »

Quotes

Toomey: [Wykowski and Epstein have a near-altercation after lights out. Toomey confronts them] What the hell is going on here?
James J. Hennesey: Nothing Sarge.
Toomey: What do you mean "nothing" Hennesey? I heard threats. Challenges. Invitations to bust the noses of minority races. You're still going to tell me that nothing is going on?
James J. Hennesey: Yes, sir.
Toomey: I see.
[Hands out punishment in the form of push-ups to randomly selected recruits]
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Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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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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