This movie is a remake of the hit series which starred, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko. In this movie, Bilko runs the motor pool and has all sorts of scams going on like gambling, renting out ... See full summary »
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This movie is a remake of the hit series which starred, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko. In this movie, Bilko runs the motor pool and has all sorts of scams going on like gambling, renting out military vehicles, and so on, which are all violations. However, his commanding officer, Colonel Hall overlooks them, cause he is more concerned about his future, cause a lot of bases are being closed, and the inspector, Major Thorn was on the verge of doing that. But when he heard that Bilko was on the base, he turned into a mad dog. It seems that Thorn was a "thorn" in Bilko's side many years ago but through a series of misunderstandings, Thorn was accused of carrying out or being the brains behind one of Bilko's schemes, he would be sent to Greenland and his career has not gone as he hoped it would and now wants revenge on Bilko. Written by
A picture on the back of the movie box suggests a deleted shot where Sgt. Bilko sprays air freshener on Pvt. Doberman, during the scene where Bilko introduces his platoon. See more »
In the film, Fort Baxter is posited to be located somewhere in California. In Season 2, Episode 14 of The Phil Silvers Show, titled "Sgt. Bilko Presents Ed Sullivan", Ed Sullivan and the Army's Brass reveal that Fort Baxter is, in fact, located in Kansas. See more »
What is that?
That's horse shit, sir. I tell the men "You have to test-drive the vehicles"...
What's it doing there?
It keeps the flies off the food, sir. There's no way you can tell what wrong with an engine when it's just sitting on the block...
Off the food?
It's an experimental program, I'd say the results are mixed.
[Hall then notices the live horse from the tug-of-war that's been hoisted up above them]
It's a lot cheaper than sending out for it, sir.
And fresher too.
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"The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the total lack of cooperation from the United States Army." See more »
Very funny movie for people who possess a sense of humor
Seems to me like most of the negative votes come from fans of the original show.
I am glad I never saw it, because I think this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I love Bilko's character. Martin plays a charismatic, scheming yet kind hearted con artist.
I love his comic timing in this movie. It's definitely my favorite Steve Martin role.
I think part of the reason I like Martin, is for the same reason I like characters like Bugs Bunny. He always comes out on top, and is usually in complete control of a situation. I love that type of role - who does not want to be more like a Sgt Bilko?
I thought almost every scene was funny. I liked pretty much every actor in it. It's not for serious people. I sometimes wonder why serious people bother to rate comedies at all - some people were born with no sense of humor, from what I can tell.
For those people who dislike (or are bored of) put down humor, sex humor, or gross out humor, this is none of those (Not that I don't mind some of that, but a change of pace is always welcome.)
It's a politer, lighter, silly humor almost cartoonish, in a good way.
I have seen this movie at least three times, and still laugh at it.
So if you are not a fan of the TV show, I think you will like this in spite of the shockingly low review of this movie.
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