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Biloxi Blues (1988)

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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.

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 Alan Pottinger ... Peek
Mark Evan Jacobs Mark Evan Jacobs ... Pinelli
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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Details

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)

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The "Blues" of the title refers to the melancholy associated with the hardship of being in basic training. See more »

Goofs

This movie starts out in July 1945, as established by Sgt. Toomey during the first meal after they arrive in Biloxi. Because of this, several events and statements are factually incorrect or out of sequence; 1. Sgt. Toomey says that they could be sent to the Pacific or Sicily, but Sicily had been liberated two years earlier. 2. The "Movietone News" at the end of the movie they are watching shows the headline "Allies Hurl Nazis Back In Italy", but the the Italian campaign had ended May 2, 1945. 3. Sgt. Toomey tells Epstein that he will be "the first man to reach Berlin", but the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945 and Berlin had already been occupied. 4. As he's riding on the train at the end of the film and narrating, Jerome states that they were headed for the battle of the Pacific but suddenly they dropped "the bomb" on Hiroshima, and 6 days later the war was over. They would not have been finished with their 6 weeks of Basic Training when the fist atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 9th, 1945. See more »

Quotes

[Eugene is trying to make "small talk" with Rowena]
Eugene Morris Jerome: Are you from Biloxi?
Rowena: No, Gulfport. My husband, too.
Eugene Morris Jerome: Your husband? You're married? My God, he'll KILL me if he finds me here!
Rowena: No he won't.
Eugene Morris Jerome: Yes he will!
Rowena: He won't. He's in the service. He knew about me before we were married. He's my best customer...
Eugene Morris Jerome: Customer? You charge your own husband?
Rowena: I mean he's my best lover.
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Neil Simon is a genius
5 August 2006 | by Cory CooperSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie that you will want to watch again and again. The story is perfect, the cast is perfect and the acting is perfect. A coming of age story that combines young recruits from all different sections of life that have come together and now have to learn how to live with one another as they go through the rigors of boot camp. Neil Simon always knows how to combine that perfect blend of realism, a comic touch and something you can identify with into everything he writes and makes you feel so comfortable in his story because you feel you're in the story. He makes you want to be become a writer. This is what makes Neil Simon unique. If only every movie could be written this well. This is what great Hollywood film-making is all about.


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