Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Vietnam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

David Rabe (play), David Rabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Billy
Michael Wright ... Carlyle
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Richie
David Alan Grier ... Roger
Guy Boyd ... Rooney
George Dzundza ... Cokes
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Martin
B.J. Cleveland B.J. Cleveland ... Pfc. Bush
Bill Allen ... Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ... MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward ... MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ... Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)
Todd Savell ... MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert Mark Fickert ... Dr. Banes
Dustye Winniford Dustye Winniford ... Staff Sergeant
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Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. Written by Humberto Amador

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Crime | Drama | War

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Trivia

The film's source "Streamers" play premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in 1975. See more »

Quotes

Richie: [to Billy and Roger] You're going to a whorehouse? That's disgusting.
Billy: Look who's talking!
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ON SCREEN: Produced by Joseph Papp Directed by Mike Nichols See more »

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What A Guy
Performed by Jackie and The Raindrops (as The Raindrops)
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Courtesy of Hudson Bay Music Co.
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Already heavily reviewed; here's my "in a nutshell."
26 August 2012 | by bentley270See all my reviews

As has been already said in so many words, this movie is a bit "stagey," with Altman sticking so close to the play instead of taking advantage of the movie aspect. Perhaps as a result, this might have been great to watch on stage, but it took forever to watch on TV. And it is very dated, with lots of racial and sexual orientation slurs. The acting was very good but again hampered by strictly following a script for a play. The setting in the barracks becomes tedious before the halfway mark, and the relatively few actors or especially extras in the background make it look too minimal. Historically, this is probably worth watching, but it is a bit tough to get through.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Streamers See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$378,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,452
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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