Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up...
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Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up to inspect his records and steal away his fianceé, Sgt. Bilko has to put his skills to creative use... Written by
Steve Martin is larger than life in this very funny comedy. He plays the title character who is lazy, sleazy, clever and always one step ahead of everyone else he should be ahead of.
He runs the motor pool like it would be run by someone from 'Animal House'. They spend all their time gambling and sleeping it off.
A new recruit (Darryl Mitchell, from 'Galaxy Quest' and '10 Things I Hate About You) does not understand his unprofessionalism as a military man so in some ways Darryl acts as the audience.
Bilko has a girlfriend who is onto him but loves him in spite of herself. He constantly leaves her at the altar ("I'm the only woman I know whose wedding dress is showing wear") but its a game they play more than anything.
Plot takes off when Phil Hartman shows up. He's an old adversary of Bilko and wants to even an old score. He demands that Bilko and his men shape up and even starts romancing Bilko's girlfriend, which of course drives Bilko crazy.
Glenne Headley is perfectly cast as Bilko's girlfriend. Unfortunately Phil Hartman is miscast and does not generate the laughs you'd hope for from this comic genius. Dan Ackroyd is very good too, but of course the movie belongs to Steve Martin. He's an acquired taste, but so what. 8/10.
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