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Basic Training (1985)

R | | Comedy | November 1985 (USA)
Melinda comes to Washington DC to visit her friend Debbie, and to find a job in government, where she hopes to do her part to make it better. She gets a lower echelon administrative ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrew Sugerman

Writer:

Bernie Kahn (as Bernard M. Kahn)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Dusenberry ... Melinda
Rhonda Shear ... Debbie
Angela Aames ... Cheryl
Will Nye ... Lt. Cranston
Walter Gotell ... Nabokov
Marty Brill Marty Brill ... General Strombs
William A. Forester William A. Forester ... General Kane
Christopher Pennock ... Major Magnum
Mark Withers ... Captain Drysdale
Gerard Prendergast Gerard Prendergast ... Bill Slater
Marty Cohen Marty Cohen ... Michael
Orly Oh Orly Oh ... Tanya
Linda Hoy Linda Hoy ... Miss Perkins
Kenny Ellis ... Sidney
Gerald Berns ... Steve
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Melinda comes to Washington DC to visit her friend Debbie, and to find a job in government, where she hopes to do her part to make it better. She gets a lower echelon administrative position at the Pentagon, and finds things pretty slack. Her boss seems to be more interested in getting into her pants than trying to find lost data on the Russians. Melinda resists his advances and begins working her way up in the Pentagon, finding subtle ways of getting her policies implemented by manipulating the slovenly males that populate the Pentagon, including finding a way to defuse the mounting conflict with the Russians. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The comedy that takes the lid off the Pentagon.

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Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up the Pentagon See more »

Filming Locations:

Richmond, Virginia, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The actor who played Russian Ambassador Nabokov, Walter Gotell, was popularly known at that time for his role in James Bond movies as the KGB Chief General Gogol. In real life, he is of German descent. See more »

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Troublemaker
Music and Lyrics by Linda Schreyer and Cappy Capossela
Produced by Sherry Goffin (as Sheri Goffin)
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Despite being mostly lame, Basic Training had a couple of funny scenes
22 June 2010 | by tavmSee all my reviews

You know, this sex comedy that actually played at our local Cinema 11 moviehouse at Bon Marche Mall (both now no more) in 1986 was something I had long wondered about concerning its sexually oriented humor. Well, I've now seen it on fancast.com and while I thought most of it was pretty lame and stupid, I did find a couple of scenes funny. The first was when Melinda (Ann Dusenberry)-after having enough with her superior at the Pentagon harassing her-decided to, on the advice of her best friend Debbie (Rhonda Shear), talk dirty to him on his phone and his reaction when he...you know. The other one was when another of her bosses was obviously getting serviced but the reporters she brings in just talk to him nonchalantly asking him questions that unintentionally, to them, become a series of double entendres. I think I might have chuckled on a few more lines and scenes but otherwise, Basic Training was pretty lame. Still, there's ample eye candy of Ms. Dusenberry, Ms. Shear, and their other roommate in Angela Aames as Cheryl both clothed and unclothed. So if that's what you're looking for...P.S. Ms. Shear came from New Orleans, which is a couple of hours from my current hometown of Baton Rouge in Louisiana.


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