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On Valentine's Day is the central film in Horton Foote's semi-autobiographical trilogy that also includes Courtship and 1918. It is a nearly verbatim retelling of his stage play and the sets and costumes.
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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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 play him in this sequel Biloxi Blues (1988). Jonathan Silverman, who had replaced Broderick in the Broadway runs of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Biloxi Blues," played Eugene in the film version of Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), and also in the Broadway production of "Broadway Bound," the third part of the trilogy. For the telemovie of Broadway Bound (1992), Corey Parker, who plays Eugene's colleague, Arnold Epstein, in this film, portrayed Eugene, with Jonathan Silverman taking the part of Eugene's older brother, Stanley. See more »
The version of "How High The Moon" by Pat Suzuki used during the opening credits and during the dance sequence was actually recorded and released in 1958. See more »
[reading from Eugene's journal]
One night, a sudden scream from Selridge calling out the name Louise. Is Louise his girlfriend or his mother?
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I am not the biggest fan of movies about the adventures of obnoxious boys in their late teens, which is what the characters in Biloxi Blues happen to be, but I actually found that I highly enjoyed this film.
The cast doesn't hurt. When Matthew Broderick is the star of a film he makes everything better, and he's a natural in the leading role of Eugene Jerome, a decent young Jewish boy who has joined the army during World War 2. Christopher Walken is a riot as the stern Sergent Toomey, and the supporting cast does a nice job as well, particularly Casey Siemaszko as Gene's buddy that he hopes he never has to count on, Don Carney.
During the boy's stay at a basic training camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, a number of incidents occur, such as Toomey over-working them and being "unfair" to the seemingly hopeless Gene and his (slightly annoying)pal Arnold Epstein(Corey Parker, who's performance and character take a bit of getting used to), Gene being at odds with the "tough guys" on the squad(they read his journal and it turns out that he has written bad things about them), and a kind of pointless sub-plot about the guys working on losing their virginity(funny, until Gene actually ends up in bed.)The film was based on Neil Simon's hit Broadway play of the same title, and the adaption has remained faithful, as the film manages not to lose any of the charm it carried on the stage. I highly enjoyed my viewing and am proud to have bought the video so I could watch it again and again.
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