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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.

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg (as Dan Goldberg) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... John
Harold Ramis ... Russell
Warren Oates ... Sgt. Hulka
P.J. Soles ... Stella
Sean Young ... Louise
John Candy ... Ox
John Larroquette ... Capt. Stillman
John Voldstad ... Stillman's Aide
John Diehl ... Cruiser
Lance LeGault ... Col. Glass
Roberta Leighton Roberta Leighton ... Anita
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Psycho
Judge Reinhold ... Elmo
Antone Pagán ... Hector (as Antone Pagan)
Glenn-Michael Jones 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 See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The character nicknamed "Psycho" is actually named "Francis". Francis is Norman Bates' middle name in Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

In the "rude cab fare" scene, a significant portion shows the river located on the drivers side. but then he turns right to cross the bridge, making them travelling in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Hulka: I'm getting too old for this shit.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The broadcast television version features an altered version of the scene where Captain Stillman is watching the female soldiers as they shower. In the original version they are entirely nude, however in the broadcast version they are only shown from the neck up. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: Rabid (2018) See more »

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Rubberband Man
Written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed (uncredited)
Performed by The Spinners
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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Military Hi-Jinks.
10 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Losers Bill Murray and Harold Ramis think that joining the U.S. Army will be little more than a needed vacation, a place to avoid work and meet women. However they are in for a rude awakening in this hilarious film that does admittedly lose its way in its final act, but is still overall a good little movie experience. Warren Oates steals every scene as their hard-nosed and down-right rough drill sergeant. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Polish

Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong Join the Army See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentucky, USA See more »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,297,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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