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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.

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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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

Nichols' cinematographer Bill Butler shot the picture in the Super 35 format for a greater depth of field. Interviewed by Ron Magid in 1988 for American Cinematographer magazine, Butler recalled that he gave the film "a subtly comedic look, ...an easy-to-look-at appearance that lets what happens to the characters make you laugh or cry. The look is tender, not tough... We're not trying to show people the grimy, dirty, terrible thing that war is - it's not Vietnam." 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 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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Connections

Spoofed in Biloxi Babes (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Casey Siemaszko
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5 June 2006 | by glennsouthallSee all my reviews

OK, we all have our favourite poignant movies right?....you know the type - the ones that hold you in rapture - time and again, because it speaks to you on a very personal level and effortlessly touches some part of your emotions that you keep hidden from the world - evoking deeply sad or blissfully happy memories from our own passage through life. Biloxi Blues is that movie for me.

Which of us do not carry emotional scars from; Our first time away from home. Our first time interacting with a group of strangers in a mutual climate. Our first sexual encounter. Our fist kiss. Our first love. Our first brush with authority. Our first glimpse at death.

Biloxi Blues is a movie that embraces many of the "rites of passage" that we all face in life and deals with them using comedy as a foil to gently explore them, without diminishing their poignancy. Neil Simon is peerless in this. The casting is faultless. The acting is immaculate. The humor is intelligent.

If you haven't seen this movie, do so. You can thank me later.


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