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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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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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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

David Schwimmer's movie debut. Uncredited, Schwimmer played a soldier on a train. See more »

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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 »

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Sergeant Toomey: Hey, Fred Astaire, you tryin' to tell me something?
Arnold Epstein: I have to go to the bathroom, sergeant.
Sergeant Toomey: You can't do that. We don't have "bathrooms" in the Army.
Arnold Epstein: They had them at Fort Dix.
Sergeant Toomey: Not bathrooms, they didn't
Arnold Epstein: Yes, they did. I went in them a lot.
Sergeant Toomey: I'm tellin' you, we don't have any "bathrooms" on this base. Do you doubt my veracity?
Arnold Epstein: No, sergeant.
Sergeant Toomey: Then you've got a problem, don't you Epstein?
Arnold Epstein: Ho ho.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Lew Brown
Sung by Casey Siemaszko
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Neil Simon's glimpse into WW II military life
20 February 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

The characters in this movie are the one thing that make it worth watching. Matthew Brodeick's character is his usual wiseass as he plays 20 year old Brooklynite Jerome just out of boot camp and serving in Mississippi (the worst place at that time for a New Yorker to be) during the final days of the big war. Christopher Walken was great in his usual psychotic role, playing a nicer and more sympathetic version of his "At Close Range" role as their Platoon Sergeant. One striking note of how close-minded thinking was in those days; the most down-to-earth and likable guy in their platoon just happened to be homosexual and payed a nasty price for it and was sent to the San Quentin of military prisons-Leavenworth. And a final word of note: if you look closely on the cover and read Eugene's blood type on his dog tags, it's B negative. In recent days, it's now been believed that a persons blood type is their personality, and Eugene fit the criteria for type B: unconventional, intelligent, empathetic, free-thinking, and difficult to manipulate.


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