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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
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This movie starts out in July 1945, as established by Sgt. Toomey during the first meal after they arrive in Biloxi. Because of this, several events and statements are factually incorrect or out of sequence; 1. Sgt. Toomey says that they could be sent to the Pacific or Sicily, but Sicily had been liberated two years earlier. 2. The "Movietone News" at the end of the movie they are watching shows the headline "Allies Hurl Nazis Back In Italy", but the the Italian campaign had ended May 2, 1945. 3. Sgt. Toomey tells Epstein that he will be "the first man to reach Berlin", but the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945 and Berlin had already been occupied. 4. As he's riding on the train at the end of the film and narrating, Jerome states that they were headed for the battle of the Pacific but suddenly they dropped "the bomb" on Hiroshima, and 6 days later the war was over. They would not have been finished with their 6 weeks of Basic Training when the fist atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 9th, 1945. See more »
Ferris Bueller as Neil Simon in the army. What did we miss when we were all younger?!
In one of the many looks at days gone by, Neil Simon's alter ego Eugene Morris Jerome (Matthew Broderick) and friends go down to Biloxi, Mississippi, in early 1945 for basic training. Once there, they have to cope with one bad-ass sergeant (Christopher Walken) and a status quo totally unlike the one in New York. But we also see how the experience turns Eugene into a very different person, partially due to his relationship with local babe Daisy (Penelope Ann Miller).
"Biloxi Blues", in my opinion, is far from Mike Nichols's best movie. I find it having strength in showing these young men's coming of age and wondering what to do with their future. But still, it's fun to see the environs of the WWII-era South. And I really liked Eugene's fake name when he met that one woman; I couldn't have come up with anything like that! Worth seeing, along with "Brighton Beach Memoirs".
When Matthew Broderick played Ferris Bueller, who ever would have guessed that he would later play the guy - or the alter ego thereof - who wrote "The Odd Couple"?
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