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

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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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Rastar Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie directed by Mike Nichols rated PG-13. See more »

Goofs

Set in 1945, a c. 1970 Corningware cup is visible on a shelf. 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 »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Casey Siemaszko
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Strangely Compelling
23 June 2001 | by sddavis63See 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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