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 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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The name of the military unit in the movie was the 101st Airborne Division. 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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Boy From New York City
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Produced by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
Written by George Davis and John Taylor
Courtesy of Trio Music Co., Inc.
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Altman's Stab at Vietnam
28 January 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I was excited to see that this film was released on DVD, only to be disappointed when I discovered that it's not available anywhere in the U.S.

My comment on "Streamers" will have to be based on one viewing a few years ago as part of a Robert Altman seminar I took in college. It's a screen adaptation of a David Rabe play, and I look at it as a male counterpart to his virtually all-female stage to screen film from the year before, "Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean."

In "Streamers," a group of Army recruits sit out a long dark weekend in their barracks, awaiting orders to ship off to Vietnam. It's dark, morbid and tense and covers such hot-button issues as racism and homophobia. I recall it all being a bit heavy-handed and one-note; I was mostly exhausted after it was over, and didn't think it was as skillfully directed as "Come Back to the 5 and Dime," which also suffered from hyperbolic material but which Altman worked wonders with.

"Streamers" does boast some pretty solid performances from a young Matthew Modine (who Altman would use again in "Short Cuts") and David Allan Grier, a far cry from the comic work he would do years later in shows like "In Living Color." If I ever have a chance to see it again, I might revise my opinion. But for now,

Grade: B-


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

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Gross USA:

$378,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,452
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1.85 : 1
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