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Stripes (1981)

R | | Comedy, War | 26 June 1981 (USA)
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John
... Russell
... Sgt. Hulka
... Stella
... Louise
... Ox
... Capt. Stillman
John Voldstad ... Stillman's Aide
... Cruiser
... Col. Glass
Roberta Leighton ... Anita
Conrad Dunn ... Psycho
... Elmo
... Hector (as Antone Pagan)
Glenn-Michael Jones ... Leon
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Storyline

At the end of a very bad day when he realizes his life has gone and is going nowhere, John Winger is able to convince his best friend, Russell Ziskey, whose life is not much better, to enlist in the army, despite they not being obvious soldier material. In basic training, they are only two of a bunch of misfits that comprise their platoon. However, it is still John that is constantly butting heads with their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Two of their saving graces are Stella and Louise, two MPs who get them out of one scrape after another. Their entire platoon is in jeopardy of not graduating. But what happens during basic leads to their entire platoon being assigned to an overseas mission in Italy, to test a new urban assault vehicle, the EM-50 project. John and Russell decide to take the EM-50 for an unauthorized test drive to visit Stella and Louise who have been reassigned to West Germany. In the process, the rest of the platoon, Hulka, and Hulka's immediate superior, ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls

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Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong Join the Army  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,130,197, 28 June 1981

Gross USA:

$85,297,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Basic training in the film takes place at the fictional "Fort Arnold", which was the name of an actual army fort during the 18th century. It was named for Gen. Benedict Arnold. After Arnold was unmasked as a traitor, "Fort Arnold" was renamed "West Point". See more »

Goofs

when Ziskey attacks Winger, before they are picked up by the MPs Winger's duffel bag moves from left of his head, to being right under his head. See more »

Quotes

John Winger: Cut it out! Cut it out! Cut it out! The hell's the matter with you? Stupid! We're all very different people. We're not Watusi. We're not Spartans. We're Americans, with a capital 'A', huh? You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts! Here's proof: his nose is cold! But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more loveable than the mutt. Who ...
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Crazy Credits

Four actors with the first name "John", are listed back -to-back in the final credits: John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad and John Diehl. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Psych: You Can't Handle This Episode (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rubberband Man
Written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed (uncredited)
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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sMASHed
19 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'm guessing this movie worked better in 1981, for this is my first time seeing it and I fell asleep twice since yesterday trying to get through it.

Not that it was terrible, though it was terribly long.

It had its funny moments, but not the laugh-out-loud funny Bill Murray I was hoping for.

And I can see which audience this was perfect for and in the early 1980s, it was probably perfect for them…just not in 2015.

(I really didn't have much more to say, but I guess I have to pad this review for this site.)


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