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For the Boys (1991)

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U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II and contacts singer/dancer Dixie Leonard for help. They become the perfect team and tour from North... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Rydell

Writers:

Neal Jimenez (story), Lindy Laub (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Dixie Leonard
James Caan ... Eddie Sparks
George Segal ... Art Silver
Patrick O'Neal ... Shephard
Christopher Rydell ... Danny Leonard
Arye Gross ... Jeff Brooks
Norman Fell ... Sam Schiff
Rosemary Murphy ... Luanna Trott
Bud Yorkin ... Phil
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Loretta
Jack Sheldon ... Wally Fields
Karen Martin Karen Martin ... Victoria Lee
Shannon Wilcox ... Margaret Sparks
Michael Greene Michael Greene ... Maj. Gen. Scott
Melissa Manchester ... Corrine
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Storyline

U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II and contacts singer/dancer Dixie Leonard for help. They become the perfect team and tour from North Africa to the Pacific to perform for "the boys." They continue their work after the war, but when Eddie fires author Silver for getting involved in McCarthy's campaign, Dixie also turns away from him. Written by Volker Boehm

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Laughter and tears. Tragedy and triumph. They lived it all. For the boys.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Uncredited movie debut of Vince Vaughn. See more »

Goofs

When Dixie arrives in England in December of 1942, there is a P-51 Mustang on the ramp. This airplane was not in service in December 1942. Also this airplane has the black and white identification stripes not used until June 6, 1944. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: You know...for an old broad, you're still pretty sexy.
Dixie: How would you know?
Eddie: Well, I think I'm getting excited.
Dixie: Let me know when you're sure.
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Referenced in The Office: Grief Counseling (2006) See more »

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Dreamland
Written by Dave Grusin, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Bette's powerhouse performance sustains a somewhat lackluster film
3 April 2007 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

Bette Midler proves that she can single-handedly make a film worth watching in FOR THE BOYS, an overlong but rewarding comedy-drama with music which chronicles the relationship between singer Dixie Leonard and comic Eddie Sparks (James Caan), a character clearly patterned after Bob Hope, which begins during a WWII USO tour and concludes in the present where the glamorously aging couple are being reunited for a television special. Bette received her second Best Actress Oscar nomination for her commanding performance here, She lights up the screen whether Dixie is upstaging Eddie in front of thousands of troops during WWII, cursing out sponsors during her and Eddie's television show, or tearing Eddie a new one when she thinks he is trying to steal her son away from her. As expected, she makes the most of her musical moments in the film with "Stuff Like that There" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" as standouts. Caan works hard in the role of Eddie Sparks, managing to make a pretty despicable character rather likable for the majority of the story. The only big mistake here was director Mark Rydell's casting of his real-life son, Christopher in the pivotal role of Dixie's adult son. Rydell's lifeless performance is a major detriment to an important part of the film, but for the most part, FOR THE BOYS is grand entertainment, thanks to the Divine Miss M.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,348, 24 November 1991

Gross USA:

$17,860,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,202,444
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Company Credits

Production Co:

All Girl Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)| CDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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