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Sgt. Bilko (1996) Poster

(1996)

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Cathy Silvers, who plays Lt. Monday, is the daughter of Phil Silvers, who was the original Sgt. Bilko on TV.
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The big gold stripes on Bilko's black dress uniform (worn during the wedding day scenes) are services stripes. Each one equals 3 years of service, he has 9 on each arm, so this indicates he's been in the U.S. Army for at least 27 years.
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Pamela Adlon plays 'Rocky' Barbella and 'John Ortiz' plays Luis Clemente. In real-life, Adlon has a daughter named Rocky and Ortiz has a son named Clemente. While working together on Rake (2014), they realized they had given their children the same name as their characters.
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After Michael Keaton turned the lead role of Sergeant Bilko down, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal both expressed interest in playing it. Albert Brooks also turned down the part of Bilko. The main part was in the end was cast with actor-comedian Steve Martin.
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Dave Chappelle tested for the role which eventually went to Chris Rock.
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The actors who played soldiers had real boot camp training by Captain Dale Dye.
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If you listen closely to the vehicles on base, they either have a hard time starting or continue to sputter after stopped. A great subtle gag through out the film.
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According to Max Casella, he was infatuated with Pamela Adlon. One night, he got drunk and professed his love for her but she rebuffed his advances.
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The only cinema movie that actors and comedians Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin both appear in [to date, March 2017].
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Fort Baxter must be located somewhere in California. It is within driving distance of Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, and at one point a reference is made to return the horse to Knott's Berry Farm, which is located in Southern California.
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The "super control fire elevator" board is actually a 2400 baud internal modem without the mounting brace.
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Bilko's group (Company B) switches the sign on their barracks with the sign on Company A's barracks. One of the names on Company B's sign is Cpt. Hiken. Nat Hiken was the creator of the original The Phil Silvers Show (1955), on which this movie is based.
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A picture on the back of the movie box suggests a deleted shot where Sgt. Bilko sprays air freshener on Pvt. Doberman, during the scene where Bilko introduces his platoon.
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Star Phil Hartman used to regularly impersonate Paul Ford who was the original Colonel John T. Hall on television Sgt. Bilko skits, and even used the impression during his Saturday Night Live (1975) audition. Despite that, he was deemed too young looking to play Colonel Hall in this cinema movie, Col. Hall was in the end cast with actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd.
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The full character name and title of Bilko Steve Martin) is Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko.
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Second cinema movie collaboration of actor-comedians Phil Hartman and Steve Martin who had both previously appeared in ¡Three Amigos! (1986) around exactly a decade or ten years earlier. Both also had appeared on television in episodes of Saturday Night Live (1975)
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The film's three top billed stars - Steve Martin, Phil Hartman, and Dan Aykroyd - are all alumni of Saturday Night Live (1975).
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Early in the movie they play the same trumpet tune three times in a row. If they were trying to show what was happening at the same time it would be acceptable but the actions included the same actor. Musical or trumpet calls happen once a day to mark specific events and times, they happen once a day.
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First ever Sgt. Bilko cinema movie theatrical feature film. All previous filmed representations of the character had been on television only.
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The place where the Fort Baxter military base was located was Kansas.
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The movie was made and released about forty-one years after the character of Sgt. Bilko was first seen portrayed by Phil Silvers in 1955 on Episode #8.53 of The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) [See: The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #8.53 (1955)].The character later became a regular on the The Phil Silvers Show (1955).
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The film was not the first movie for Steve Martin to have a Sergeant title. Sgt. Bilko was the second cinema movie to have a "Sgt" abbreviation title for star Steve Martin who had previously appeared in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978). Martin did not play the title character of Sgt. Pepper in that movie, but instead a doctor, a character called Dr. Maxwell Edison.
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The full name of the small United States army base of Fort Baxter was the "U.S. Army Fort Baxter Research and Development Facility".
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Glenne Headly & Steve Martin worked together eight years before the production of Bilko. In "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" Martin played a confidence man masquerading as an U.S. Army soldier trying to bunco money from Headly's character.
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Actor Phil Hartman, who plays Major Colin Thorn, shares the same first name as Phil Silvers, who was the original Sgt. Bilko on television.
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The nick-name of Pfc. Walter T. Holbrook (Daryl Mitchell) was "Wally".
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Cameo 

Cathy Silvers: The daughter of Phil Silvers, who was the original Sgt. Bilko on TV, as First Lieutenant Monday.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie's closing epilogue reads: "The filmmakers gratefully acknowledge the total lack of co-operation from the United States Army".
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In beginning of the movie the players talk about good meals available on post. On then says you should eat at the 'commisary'. On a movie set the actors eat at the 'commisary'. In the Army you buy groceries at the commisary but eat meals at a 'mess hall' or 'dining facility'
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