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For the Boys (1991)

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With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard, U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team, they tour from ... See full summary »

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Mark Rydell

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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 Bud Yorkin ... Phil
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Loretta
Jack Sheldon ... Wally Fields
Karen Martin Karen Martin ... Victoria Lee
Shannon Wilcox ... Margaret Sparks
Michael Greene ... Maj. Gen. Scott
Melissa Manchester ... Corrine
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Storyline

With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard, U.S. entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team, they tour from North Africa to the Pacific to act for "the boys". Later, they continue their work, but when the author Silver gets involved into McCarthy's campaign, and is being fired by Eddie, Dixie turns away from him, too. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Por los muchachos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

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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Runtime:

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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Trivia

After the release of the movie, Martha Raye claimed publicly that the character Bette Midler portrayed was plagiarized from her own career, and especially the efforts she had made during several wars. Raye sought compensation in court, but after hearing the evidence of both sides, the judge decided that Raye did not have a case. See more »

Goofs

During a skit on an early Fifties TV variety show, Dixie makes an off-handed joke about group sex that would have triggered a major scandal had it really been broadcast during that era. See more »

Quotes

Dixie: [Appearing on stage late] So sorry.
[British accent]
Dixie: A little trouble over the channel you know, old pip.
Eddie: Really.
Dixie: Righto. We were halfway to Belgium when we ran out of... gas, I believe you call it.
Eddie: That's funny. You don't look like you'd ever run out of gas.
Dixie: Are you trying to get into my flak suit, honey?
Eddie: I'm just trying to debrief you. So a plane without any gas. What did you do?
Dixie: Do?
Eddie: Yeah. Do. You know to keep up morale and all that.
[...]
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie Espagnole
Written by Edouard Lalo
Performed by Tamaki Kawakubo
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Flawed masterpiece
5 August 1999 | by Jamie-58See all my reviews

Every so often a film comes along that is misunderstood by critics and ignored by the public, but is subsequently rediscovered and reappraised. I sincerely hope that "For the Boys" will join those ranks. It is an uncommonly sincere, insightful and touching film, and the only things to be held against it amount to quibbles. True, the old age make up is dreadful, and the last five minutes seriously weaken the impact of the film, but the sum total is moving and perceptive.

Bette Midler, giving the performance of her career to date, was robbed of the Oscar in my opinion. It is a brave and sincere effort on her part, and such a pity that it was not met with greater recognition. James Caan plays the shallow, slightly dim Eddie Sparks almost too well. There are times when he truly frightened me. The performances on the whole are restrained; when the occasion for histrionics comes, both stars rise to it.

Thoroughly recommended. I sincerely hope this film finds its audience one day.


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