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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

John Winger states, after doing push-ups in his apartment, "I gotta get in shape or I'll be dead before I'm 30". Ironically, Bill Murray turned 30 two months before the filming of this movie. See more »

Goofs

When they first arrive in Italy, in the background you can see Ox telling Cruiser to get down off the top bunk, because the "Guy on the top bunk, has to make the bottom guy's bunk for him". Then it's repeated when the camera changes to a close up of Ox and Cruiser. See more »

Quotes

Captain Stillman: [spying on female soldiers taking showers] Oh, oh God, look at that. Wash off the soap. That's right wash off - look at that. Bend over. Drop the soap. Oh, good! Oh, God, I wish I was a loofah.
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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 Imagining 'Heavy Metal' (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Do Wah Diddy Diddy
(uncredited)
Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Judge Reinhold and cast members during marching manoeuvres
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Silly and Funny – What Else Could I Expect from This Cast?
9 July 2011 | by See 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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