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For the Boys (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  22 November 1991 (USA)
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With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team they tour from North ... See full summary »

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Eddie Sparks
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Shephard
Christopher Rydell ...
Danny Leonard
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Jeff Brooks
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Sam Schiff
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Luanna Trott
Bud Yorkin ...
Phil
Dori Brenner ...
Loretta
Jack Sheldon ...
Wally Fields
Karen Martin ...
Victoria Lee
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Margaret Sparks
Michael Greene ...
Maj. Gen. Scott
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Corrine
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With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team they tour from North Africa to the Pacific to act for "the boys". Later they continue their work but when the author Silver gets involved into McCarthy's campaign and is being fired by Eddie, Dixie turns away from him, too. Written by Volker Boehm

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Laughter and tears. Tragedy and triumph. They lived it all. For the boys.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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22 November 1991 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,860,280 (USA)
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Trivia

Lonzo Jones turned down a role in this film due to being cast in a pilot at the time. See more »

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In the film during a World War II sequence Bette Midler sings "Come Rain or Come Shine" which was not written until after the war and wasn't introduced until 1946. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: You're gonna kill him you fill his head full of this crap!
Eddie: Such as what?
Dixie: Such as "Don't study," "Everything comes easy," "Life's a big party."
Eddie: Oh, well, sounds good to me.
Dixie: Oh yeah? You got three daughters. Why don't you give them the benefit of your wisdom?
Eddie: Because my wisdom is for a son. I got a closet full of baseball cards...
Dixie: Don't break my heart!
Eddie: Alright. How long's it now been - eight years Michael's dead?
Dixie: You shut up!
Eddie: No. You let me talk. Now enough is enough here. That boy needs a father...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »

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Do You Believe
Written by James Cammarata, Francis Preve and Michael Licata
Performed by Beat Goes Bang
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POIGNANT AND ENTERTAINING
12 November 2004 | by (NEW YORK, NY) – See all my reviews

A wonderful epic on war, modern American history, entertainment, and music. There is hardly a subject it doesn't touch on, from the 1950s Blacklist, to the antiwar movement in the 1960s, to the exploitation of talent, and to betrayal of friendship in politics and in marriage. All the performances are superb: Midler is extraordinary--her singing, acting, dancing and characterization are peerless; James Caan in one of the finest roles in his post-Godfather career, conveys the talented smarmy-but-sentimental Eddie Sparks; George Segal in a finely nuanced role as Caan's writer, and Arye Gross, who sets the entire backdrop for the story, all are excellent. On top of a plot-line that never sags, we are treated to a musical feast: Many old standards and obscure songs with orchestrations and vocal arrangements that are all first-rate, and the performances are flawless. The dramatization and attention to detail in the various historical periods is accurate and fascinating. Some may find the film too sentimental or simplistic: but it is a film, not an historical study, and sentimentality is different from sentiment. And finally, a movie that not only offers great music, great comedy, a story on an epic scale with characters that are realistic and has you crying in three or four magnificently poignant scenes is truly rare.


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