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Biloxi Blues (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 1988 (USA)
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A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eugene Morris Jerome
... Sgt. Toomey
... Joseph Wykowski
... Arnold B. Epstein
... Roy Selridge
... Don Carney
Michael Dolan ... James J. Hennesey
... Daisy
... Rowena
Alan Pottinger ... Peek
Mark Evan Jacobs ... Pinelli
... Corporal (as Dave Kienzle)
... Spitting Cook
... Digger #1
Allen Turner ... Digger #2
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New York City teenager Eugene Jerome starts military service thoughtfully yet patriotically prepared to take part in World War II. At boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, he faces the brutally opposed views of other recruits, which he must live with. Still they must bind, if not bond, facing the sadistic drill sergeant during their physically ruthless and mentally abusive training, which is heading for tragedy. Meanwhile, their boyish minds wander often to sexual frustrations, from obsession with potency (and escaping virginity) to prejudice against gays. Armed only with his sense of humor, Eugene is determined to leave camp with everything he came with. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Army gave Eugene training. Daisy showed him the basics. See more »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,184,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,684,798
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Trivia

"Biloxi" refers to the city in Harrison County, Mississippi, where the film and source play are set. The play and film are also set in nearby Gulfport. They are the two principal cities in the Gulfport-Biloxi Metropolitan Statistical Area, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The film was actually shot in Arkansas. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene an apparent troop train is shown crossing a bridge. The markings on the sides of the passenger cars read: "Erie-Lackawanna". These two railroads did not merge until 1960. See more »

Quotes

Eugene Morris Jerome: [narrating] "Something magical happens once it's put down on paper. They figure no one would go to the trouble of writing it down if it wasn't the truth. Responsibility was my new watchword."
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 June 2016 (2016) See more »

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Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Lew Brown
Sung by Casey Siemaszko
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Strangely Compelling
23 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

It seems strange to say this about a movie that has very few moments of high drama and virtually no moments of great excitement, but "Biloxi Blues" has a strangely compelling quality to it. Once you begin to watch, you'll stay with this through to the end. Director Mike Nichols does an excellent job of bringing the viewer into the lives of the disparate group of young men who find themselves suddenly soldiers in 1945, facing the prospect of being sent to the Pacific to fight and quite possibly die for their country. From the very beginning, we want to know about these men: who they are, what makes them tick, and, most important - what's going to happen to them?

There are several fine performances in this movie. Matthew Broderick is excellent (he seems to have a knack for military roles, as in both this and "Glory") as Private Eugene Jerome, a young, idealistic Jewish teenager, just out of high school, who dreams of being a writer rather than a soldier. Much of the movie is seen through his eyes as we see him come of age in many different ways. There's great humour involved as he loses his virginity with the understanding prostitute Rowena (Park Overall). Eugene is simply a likable young man who we enjoy watching grow up. Corey Parker put on a strong performance in a supporting role as Private Albert Epstein, who challenges military authority from Day 1. Another scene of brief humour is when Epstein presents a note from his doctor in New York, asking that he be excused from having to eat army food. Also offering a strong performance is Christopher Walken as the slightly off-balance Sargeant Toomey, who drives his platoon relentlessly.

If you're looking for a classic war movie, you'll want to avoid this. But if you're interested in a story about genuine people, give it a try. I enjoyed this movie very much, and would rate it as a 7/10.


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