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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 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 »

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Trivia

The cast got drunk for two weeks upon hearing of John Lennon's death. John Larroquette later admitted that he was drunk in the scene when he dressed down the company after they watched, and participated in, mud wrestling. Even after filming moved to Los Angeles, Bill Murray and Warren Oates had a drunken evening beside the grave of late actor Strother Martin. See more »

Goofs

When Ox gets his hair cut at the beginning of basic training, he is shaved nearly bald. When he talks about why he joined the Army, presumably at the end of the same day, his hair looks as if it has grown out for at least two weeks. See more »

Quotes

John Winger: This doesn't look bad.
Russell Ziskey: What? The Army? You're kidding.
John Winger: No. I've always thought about joining the Army.
Russell Ziskey: Bull shit, you're not the type.
Russell Ziskey: What do you mean I'm not the type? I've seen the kind of guys that enlist in the Army. I saw them when I was working in unemployment. They're just like us, except they're not as - sophisticated.
Russell Ziskey: Yeah, they're not as old either.
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Crazy Credits

As the entire end credits are playing, Ox and the soldiers are marching while leaving the airport See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version also uses an alternate take as Sgt. Hulka leaves the barracks following Winger's "Big Toe" speech. It is a slightly different angle, and Sgt. Hulka's line is a little more TV-friendly. See more »

Connections

Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 29 April 2008 (2008) 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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Silly and Funny – What Else Could I Expect from This Cast?
9 July 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After a terrible day when the taxi driver John Winger (Bill Murray) loses his job, his car and finally is dumped by his girlfriend Anita (Roberta Leighton), he convinces his best friend Russell (Harold Ramis) to join the army to travel and have fun. They team-up with a platoon of outcast and misfits, and John has problems with their tough Sergeant Hulka (Warren Oates). John and Russell get into successive troubles, but they are always rescued by the Military Police Officers Stella (P.J. Soles) and Louise (Sean Young).

Near the graduation, the clumsy and imbecile Captain Stillman (John Larroquette) provokes an accident and Sergeant Hulka is wounded; however, John uses his leadership and the general is impressed with the platoon and assigns the group to go to Italy with the prototype of an armored car. John and Russell are responsible to take care of the prototype, but they date Stella and Louise. Meanwhile Captain Stillman believes that they have stolen the vehicle and crosses the Iron Curtain with Hulka's platoon and they are captured by the communist. Sergeant Hulka escapes and releases a distress signal and John, Russell, Stella and Louise decide to help to rescue their friends from Czechoslovakia.

"Stripes" is a silly and funny comedy, but what else could I expect from a cast with the names of Bill Murray, John Candy, John Larroquette and the other comedians. The extended cut is long and most of the jokes are "politically incorrect" or sexists, but also hilarious. This is the first time that I see this 1981 comedy on DVD and I laughed a lot. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Recrutas da Pesada" ("Rough Recruiters")


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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

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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