Biloxi Blues ()

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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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Eugene Morris Jerome
Sgt. Toomey
Joseph Wykowski
Arnold B. Epstein
Roy Selridge
Don Carney
Michael Dolan ...
James J. Hennesey
Alan Pottinger ...
Mark Evan Jacobs ...
Corporal (as Dave Kienzle)
Spitting Cook
Digger #1
Allen Turner ...
Digger #2
Tom Kagy ...
Digger #3
Jeff Bailey ...
Mess Hall Corporal
Bill Russell ...
Rifle Instructor
Natalie Canterday
A. Collin Roddey ...
Pvt. Roddey
Christopher Ginnaven ...
Cpl. Ginnaven
Morris Mead ...
Cpl. Mead
David Whitman ...
Tower Officer
Norman Rose ...
Newsreel Announcer
Ben Hynum ...
Pvt. Lindstrom
Andy Wigington ...
Cpl. Wigington
Scott Sudbury ...
Pvt. Sudbury
Michael Haley ...
Cpl. Haley (as Michael R. Haley)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Virginia Sandifur ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Robert McCrary ...
Private Ryan (uncredited)

Directed by

Mike Nichols

Written by

Neil Simon ... (screenplay)
Neil Simon ... (play)

Produced by

Joseph M. Caracciolo ... executive producer
Marykay Powell ... executive producer
Ray Stark ... producer

Music by

Georges Delerue

Cinematography by

Bill Butler ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Sam O'Steen

Editorial Department

Kris Cole ... first assistant editor
Bruce Pearson ... color timer
Richard Nord ... associate editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

Paul Sylbert

Costume Design by

Ann Roth

Makeup Department

Jay Cannistraci ... makeup department head

Production Management

Joseph M. Caracciolo ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michael Haley ... first assistant director
James W. Skotchdopole ... second assistant director
Glen Trotiner ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

Roland Brooks ... charge scenic artist
David G. McKnight ... swing

Sound Department

Stan Bochner ... supervising sound editor
Allan Byer ... sound mixer
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
Gary Parker ... boom operator


Whitey Hughes ... stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Bill Coe ... assistant camera
Ralph Gerling ... camera operator
Robert Ulland ... steady cam operater

Casting Department

Sarah Tackett ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gary Jones ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

Joe Hughes ... assistant location manager

Music Department

James Flatto ... assistant music editor
Thomas Hasselwander ... music supervisor
Patrick Mullins ... music editor
Roy B. Yokelson ... music recording engineer
Diane Andolsek ... additional music score recording engineer (uncredited)

Other crew

B.J. Bjorkman ... script supervisor
Joan Eisenberg ... unit publicist
Jennie Maresca ... payroll auditor
Robert Rippe ... production assistant
Matilde Valera ... assistant accountant
Daniel Wheatcroft ... studio executive
Kelly Rubottom ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines The Army gave Eugene training. Daisy showed him the basics. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues (United States)
  • Desventuras de un recluta inocente (Spain)
  • Билокси блус (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Frenesie... militari (Italy)
  • Elämäni kesä (Finland)
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  • 106 min
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Box Office

Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $51,684,798

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Trivia During an interview Christopher Walken said he portrayed his somewhat "friendly" demeanor as Sgt. Toomey due to meeting an on set military consultant who was a "very tough Drill Sgt." But at the same time he also described him as a "very nice, soft-spoken man", whom everyone feared, but he didn't have to sound or look fearful. In meeting this man, he decided to incorporate both types of people in his character, which was almost a 180 degree difference from the stage play character Sgt. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Biloxi Blues/Johnny Be Good/A New Life/The Milagro Beanfield War/Dominick and Eugene (1988). See more »
Soundtracks How High the Moon See more »
Quotes Sergeant Toomey: Tell me, Jerome, if a piss drunk sergeant has a loaded .45 pointed at the head of a piece of dung that the piss drunk sergeant hates and despises, how would you describe the situation?
Eugene Morris Jerome: Delicate. Extremely delicate.
Sergeant Toomey: Right. I'll be honest with you, Jerome. It was my intention of getting Epstein in here, and putting this pistol to his ear, and blowing a tunnel through his head. But you'll do just as well.
Eugene Morris Jerome: I'm sorry to hear that.
Sergeant Toomey: There's something about you New York boys that riles my ass. You don't appreciate the Army, do you?
Eugene Morris Jerome: There are some things I like.
Sergeant Toomey: Such as?
Eugene Morris Jerome: Mail. I like getting my mail.
Sergeant Toomey: You shittin' me, Jerome?
Eugene Morris Jerome: A piece of dung would never shit a piss drunk sergeant with a loaded .45.
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