Biloxi Blues

Biloxi Blues

Director: Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern

Cast: Mike Nichols, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Matt Mulhern

     
 
Award-winning playwright Neil Simon wrote three autobiographical plays about a young man named Eugene Monroe. The second in the series, Biloxi Blues, was produced on Broadway with Matthew Broderick in the lead. Broderick reprises the role in the film version, while directorial duties were handed to Mike Nichols. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen

Overview

Award-winning playwright Neil Simon wrote three autobiographical plays about a young man named Eugene Monroe. The second in the series, Biloxi Blues, was produced on Broadway with Matthew Broderick in the lead. Broderick reprises the role in the film version, while directorial duties were handed to Mike Nichols. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English, French, and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but those interested may want to see the big-screen adaptation of Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The second in a trilogy of autobiographical play adaptations penned by Neil Simon, this congenial comedy is an ensemble crowd pleaser with remarkable performances from several of its enthusiastic cast members. The material is decidedly episodic and even anecdotal, but director Mike Nichols breaks it out of its stage-bound roots, opening up to the humid Southern locales and giving his actors some breathing room. Of the three plays-cum-films that comprise the Simon cycle, this is easily the most cinematic and probably the only one that works even better as a film than it does on the boards. The young actors reward Nichols with noteworthy work, particularly Christopher Walken as a sadistic drill sergeant, Matthew Broderick as the sweet-natured hero briefly embarrassed by his heritage, Corey Parker in a revelatory turn as a brainy nerd, and Matt Mulhern as a bully with a surprising sense of honor. Only a third act confrontation between Walken and Broderick feels contrived, but the moment also gives the scene-stealing Walken his big chance to grab center stage, and he makes the most of it in one of his clip reel-worthy best. Biloxi Blues is a slighter film than the classic best of both Simon and Nichols, but it's a sturdy, thoroughly enjoyable entry in the coming-of-age genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
UPC:
0025192449123
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
8,684

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Eugene Morris Jerome
Christopher Walken Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey
Matt Mulhern Joseph Wykowski
Michael Dolan James J. Hennessey
Corey Parker Arnold Epstein
Penelope Ann Miller Daisy Hannigan
Markus Flanagan Roy Selridge
Casey Siemaszko Donald Carney
Park Overall Rowena
Michael Haley Corporal Haley
Dave Kienzle Coporal
Christopher Phelps Private Phelps
Alan Pottinger Peek
Mark Jacobs Pinelli
Matthew Kimbrough Spitting Cook
Kirby Mitchell 1st Digger
Allen Turner 2nd Digger
Tom Kagy 3rd Digger
Jeff Bailey Mess-hall Corporal
Bill Russell Rifle Instructor
Natalie Canerday Girl at Dance
A. Collin Roddey Private Roddey
Christopher Ginnaven Corporal Ginnaven
Morris Mead Corporal Mead
David Whitman Tower Officer
Norman Rose Newsreel Announcer
Ben Hynum Private Lindstrom
Andy Wigington Corporal Wigington
Scott Sudbury Private Sudbury

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director
Paul Barbarin Songwriter
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Executive Producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Nancy Hamilton Songwriter
John Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Mack Kay Songwriter
William Lewis Songwriter
Sam O'Steen Editor
Marykay Powell Executive Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Simon Screenwriter
Ray Stark Producer
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Kelvin R. Trahan Makeup
Bobby Worth Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:22]
2. Stinking Up America [4:43]
3. "Ho No" [8:37]
4. Chow Time [7:26]
5. Overcoming Obstacles [3:14]
6. Movietone News [2:24]
7. The Fantasy Game [10:33]
8. Target Practice [1:52]
9. Contributing to the Fight [8:26]
10. 21 Peach Street [5:31]
11. You Did It! [:34]
12. "Would You Care to Dance?" [7:03]
13. Private Memoirs [7:47]
14. Caught in the Act [8:59]
15. Movin' Up to the Frontlines [7:44]
16. It's Regulations [10:11]
17. Epilogue [3:25]
18. End Titles [2:34]

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