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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 »

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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 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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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Several Navy shipmates were in the cast, not just "clean cut civilians". See more »

Goofs

In the film during a World War II sequence Bette Midler sings "Come Rain or Come Shine" which was not written until after the war and wasn't introduced until 1946. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: You're gonna kill him you fill his head full of this crap!
Eddie: Such as what?
Dixie: Such as "Don't study," "Everything comes easy," "Life's a big party."
Eddie: Oh, well, sounds good to me.
Dixie: Oh yeah? You got three daughters. Why don't you give them the benefit of your wisdom?
Eddie: Because my wisdom is for a son. I got a closet full of baseball cards...
Dixie: Don't break my heart!
Eddie: Alright. How long's it now been - eight years Michael's dead?
Dixie: You shut up!
Eddie: No. You let me talk. Now enough is enough here. That boy needs a father. He ...
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Connections

Featured in The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992) See more »

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Underneath the Arches
Written by Bud Flanagan
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2nd Best of Bette's Movies
26 January 2001 | by TexasrepSee all my reviews

Bette was magnificent in "The Rose", in my opinion the best movie she's made. In a totally different personna she plays Dixie equally wonderfully. "For The Boys" is, for a reason I cannot discern, one of my all time favorite movies. I love the movie and Bette is as always, the best. If you adore Bette, and if you've never "For The Boys", rent it or buy it and you'll see what I'm talking about.


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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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