A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Neil Simon (screenplay), Neil Simon (play)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Eugene Morris Jerome
Christopher Walken ... Sgt. Toomey
Matt Mulhern ... Joseph Wykowski
Corey Parker ... Arnold B. Epstein
Markus Flanagan ... Roy Selridge
Casey Siemaszko ... Don Carney
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... James J. Hennesey
Penelope Ann Miller ... Daisy
Park Overall ... Rowena
Alan Pottinger ... Peek
Mark Jacobs ... Pinelli (as Mark Evan Jacobs)
David Kienzle ... Corporal (as Dave Kienzle)
Matthew Kimbrough ... Spitting Cook
Kirby Mitchell ... Digger #1
Allen Turner Allen Turner ... Digger #2
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Storyline

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 made Eugene a man. But Daisy gave him basic training! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Christopher Walken's character's full name is Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey. See more »

Goofs

During the game in the barracks, Wykowski says that he wants to "make it" with the Queen of England. Selridge says "that's like making it with your own grandmother". First, there was no "Queen" in 1945. In 1945 future Queen Mother was the "Queen Consort", wife of King George VI and only 45 years old. She was not elderly as she was when this movie was made and certainly not an age you would consider her a "grandmother". See more »

Quotes

Eugene Morris Jerome: [narrating] We were headed for The Battle of the Pacific, and there wasn't one of us who wasn't really scared. But a week later they dropped The Bomb on Japan, and we never did see any action, outside of Rowena's place. We were glad our lives were spared, but the thought of those who went before us, especially those who didn't come back, haunts me to this day.
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Connections

Follows Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

How High the Moon
Music by Morgan Lewis
Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton
Performed by Pat Suzuki
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Ho Yes! Ho NO! HO NOTHING!
16 July 2002 | by courty61See all my reviews

Well I'm disappointed. :-( This film deserves much more than a 6.6 rating! If you watch Brighton Beach Memoires you will love this film. Personally the 1st film was better but maybe because I could relate to a younger Jerome. But this film, oh yes! Christopher Walken you are my GOD! He is so funny in this film in my view! The way he makes the wise-cracking Jerome (Broderick) and fellow NY boy Epstein (Corey) is great. Ok he is a nut but that is Walken- he would be the worst Army officer I would want! Great film- the scene with the 'escort' is great! "You're not breathing! Breathe!" Unbelievable! It is also heart-warming and I love it! Overall I must give it a 8.5/10. Give it a try dont let the 6.6 rating fool you! HO NO!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues See more »

Filming Locations:

Frog Bayou, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,093,325, 27 March 1988

Gross USA:

$43,184,798

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,684,798
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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