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For the Boys (1991)

 -  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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Art Silver
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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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Por los muchachos  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,860,280 (USA)
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Trivia

Many reviewers noted that James Caan seemed miscast in the role of comedian Eddie Sparks (a caricature of Bob Hope) and wondered why co-star George Segal, who as an actor had proved equally adept at comedy and drama, wasn't cast in the role instead. The truth is that Caan's career was hot again after the success of Misery (1990) and Segal was not, so Caan got the lead and Segal the supporting role. 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

[Performing a skit for a television show]
Dixie: You know, that son of ours is really something.
Eddie: Why? What happened?
Dixie: While I'm tucking him in bed last night, he suddenly says to me, "Mommy, is kissing dirty?"
Eddie: Yeah? What'd you tell him?
Dixie: I said to him, "Darling, sex between two people can be a beautiful thing."
Eddie: Oh, yeah.
Dixie: "But between four people... fantastic!"
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References Little Miss Marker (1934) See more »

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Land of 1000 Dances
Written by Chris Kenner and Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino)
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Great movie
2 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very emotional movie with a great cast. I'm not a James Caan fan, but he was perfect for this. Slippery as an eel though the McCarthy era up until the end. In response to the comments by other reviewers regarding the politics including sexism I have to say that I found these things the best part of the movie even if they were not very deeply explored. False, facile patriotism exposed and 2 older people who actually learned something from their lives - that's pretty good. I am a big Bette Midler fan so that didn't hurt. She sang a lot of good songs. I especially loved, "For All We Know." I liked the contrasting points of view between a woman who lost her husband and son and the man who really really did not seem to have any principals. The Mc Carthy era was depicted as a "scoundrel time" to use Lillian Hellman's phrase. George Segals speech at the Christmas Party after he was fired could have been stronger, but it was good.


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