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Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1988 (USA)
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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New York City teenager Eugene Jerome starts military service thoughtfully yet patriotically prepared to take part in World War II. At boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, he faces the brutally opposed views of other recruits, which he must live with. Still they must bind, if not bond, facing the sadistic drill sergeant during their physically ruthless and mentally abusive training, which is heading for tragedy. Meanwhile, their boyish minds wander often to sexual frustrations, from obsession with potency (and escaping virginity) to prejudice against gays. Armed only with his sense of humor, Eugene is determined to leave camp with everything he came with. Written by KGF Vissers

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

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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

In an interview with Ron Base of "The Toronto Star' published on 27th December 1986, writer Neil Simon said: "'Brighton Beach' was going to be another singular play....Again, I still hadn't thought of a trilogy. But I decided to take Eugene the next step chronologically in my life, which was the army. But even after I wrote 'Biloxi Blues', I still didn't think about a sequel, because if it turned out to be a bomb, why would one want to do a sequel? So I just waited to see what would happen. Well, Biloxi enjoyed enormous success, and I thought of a third part". 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

Rowena: What's your name, honey?
Eugene Morris Jerome: It's Eug...
Rowena: Huge?
Eugene Morris Jerome: It's a HUGE name. It's Jack Bobby Lou Mulgreevey.
Rowena: Where you from, Bobby Lou?
Eugene Morris Jerome: [affecting a Southern accent] "Texarkana..."
Rowena: Is that Arkansas or Texas?
Eugene Morris Jerome: Arkansas, I think...
Rowena: You think?
Eugene Morris Jerome: Well, I was just born there. When I was two we moved to Georgia.
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Fellow on a Furlough
Written by Bobby Worth
Performed by Mark Warnow and His Orchestra
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Neil Simon is a genius
5 August 2006 | by (Nevada) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie that you will want to watch again and again. The story is perfect, the cast is perfect and the acting is perfect. A coming of age story that combines young recruits from all different sections of life that have come together and now have to learn how to live with one another as they go through the rigors of boot camp. Neil Simon always knows how to combine that perfect blend of realism, a comic touch and something you can identify with into everything he writes and makes you feel so comfortable in his story because you feel you're in the story. He makes you want to be become a writer. This is what makes Neil Simon unique. If only every movie could be written this well. This is what great Hollywood film-making is all about.


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