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 director Mike Nichols had directed a number of Neil Simon written plays on the Broadway stage, this movie has been the only ever Neil Simon written feature film that Nichols has directed. See more »
During the game in the barracks, Wykowski says that he wants to "make it" with the Queen of England. Selridge says "that's like making it with your own grandmother". First, there was no "Queen" in 1945. In 1945 future Queen Mother was the "Queen Consort", wife of King George VI and only 45 years old. She was not elderly as she was when this movie was made and certainly not an age you would consider her a "grandmother". See more »
[Rowena has divested herself of most of her clothing and is on the bed; beckons to Eugene]
All right, now... come to mama.
Eugene Morris Jerome:
Please, don't say..."come to mama."
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I must say I'm a little surprised this movie did not scoring higher with the IMDb readers. I really expected it to be marked higher. While the movie is a comedy I would not say it is hysterically funny, so perhaps that is why the score is not higher. Maybe people felt it should have been funnier. I don't know.
Regardless, this movie is very well done and funny. Not funny as in a bust your gut kind of way - but funny enough to make you smile and laugh most of the time. It has a few serious moments that tie it into the reality of war and living in the armed forced. Although it is period sensitive the writers did well to make it applicable even years later.
The acting is excellent, and Walken is brilliant as the complex Sgt. in charge of the young troops. I'm not sure Walken was ever better in a role, he is just pure genius.
The rest of the cast is wonderful as well, from top to bottom you end up liking the cast more and more as the movie unfolds. And in the end it is impossible to say anyone was miscast or uncomfortable.
I would say if you have not seen this movie, you should because it is a classic.
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