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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
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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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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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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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When Dixie arrives in England in December of 1942, there is a P-51 Mustang on the ramp. This airplane was not in service in December 1942. Also this airplane has the black and white identification stripes not used until June 6, 1944. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: Mind if I smoke?
Eddie: I don't care if you burn.
Dixie: What a prince.
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References Beat the Clock (1969) See more »

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Flawed masterpiece
5 August 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Every so often a film comes along that is misunderstood by critics and ignored by the public, but is subsequently rediscovered and reappraised. I sincerely hope that "For the Boys" will join those ranks. It is an uncommonly sincere, insightful and touching film, and the only things to be held against it amount to quibbles. True, the old age make up is dreadful, and the last five minutes seriously weaken the impact of the film, but the sum total is moving and perceptive.

Bette Midler, giving the performance of her career to date, was robbed of the Oscar in my opinion. It is a brave and sincere effort on her part, and such a pity that it was not met with greater recognition. James Caan plays the shallow, slightly dim Eddie Sparks almost too well. There are times when he truly frightened me. The performances on the whole are restrained; when the occasion for histrionics comes, both stars rise to it.

Thoroughly recommended. I sincerely hope this film finds its audience one day.


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