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Mark Rydell's re-teaming with Bette Midler, For the Boys, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that, though not anamorphic, does preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital 4.0, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include original theatrical trailers and television promotional spots. This is an ...
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Mark Rydell's re-teaming with Bette Midler, For the Boys, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that, though not anamorphic, does preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and Dolby Digital 4.0, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include original theatrical trailers and television promotional spots. This is an acceptable, if rather bare-bones, release of this Golden Globe-winning film.
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Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailers; TV spots; Audio: English 4.1 surround; English Dolby surround, French stereo; Subtitles: English; Spanish
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This tuneful, decade-hopping extravaganza, glowing with patriotic sentiment, is remarkably similar to Hollywood musicals made during the wartime years in which it's mostly set. Bette Midler, playing a brassy USO singer entertaining the troops, seems eerily like a reincarnation of Ethel Merman. James Caan, not quite as felicitously cast, is convincing enough as her partner, a sexist, self-absorbed comic whose onstage banter barely masks his annoyance at having to share the spotlight. Indisputably successful as a team, Midler and Caan keep the act going for years, providing songs, dances, and laughs to American soldiers for the duration of three wars -- even when their offstage relationship suffers. Director Mark Rydell On Golden Pond obviously realizes how much For the Boys resembles the old 20th Century Fox musicals that teamed Alice Faye with John Payne or Betty Grable with Dan Dailey, and he isn't afraid to make it just as schmaltzy. Midler and Caan's offstage travails might strike older audiences as strangely familiar, but Midler's warbling of well-remembered standards will find favor among all viewers. Like its 1940s progenitors, For the Boys is slick, formulaic, and robustly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • UPC: 024543013785
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Dixie Leonard
James Caan Eddie Sparks
George Segal Art Silver
Patrick O'Neal Shephard
Chris Rydell Danny
Brandon Call Danny (at 12)
Arye Gross Jeff Brooks
Thom Adcox Wounded Marine
Morgan Ames Awards Conductor
Xander Berkeley Roberts
Andrew Bilgore Nervous Production Assistant
Lada Boder Awards Dinner Dancer
Gabe Bologna Marine at MASH
David Bowe Photographer
Dori Brenner Loretta
Hayley Carr Ann Sparks
Robert Clotworthy Navy Commander
Connie Chambers 1950s Show Dancer
Janice Cronkhite 1950s Show Dancer
Pattie Darcy Myra
John Doolittle Captain Donelson
Beau Dremann Army Messenger
Carey Eidel Green Room Page
Kimberly Ann Evans Kate Sparks
Matthew Faison 3rd Sponsor
Norman Fell Sam Schiff
Lenny Gaines Lou Presti
Gary Gershaw Stage Manager
Bruce Gray 1st Sponsor
Michael Greene General Scott
Kirk Hansen 1950s Show Dancer
Alan Haufrect Technical Director
Sherlynn Hicks Teleprompter Operator
Richard Hochberg Merrill
Arliss Howard Husband to Dixie Leonard (uncredited)
Melissa Hurley 1950s Show Dancer
Lynnmarie Inge 1950s Show Dancer
Jason Iorg
Esther Jacobs Ida Silver
Steven Kampmann Stan
Christopher Kaufman Band Person
Tamaki Kawakubo Violinist
Theresa King 1950s Show Dancer
Sal Landi Marine Driver
Andrew Lauer Corpsman on Battlefield
Steven Majewicz 1950s Show Dancer
Melissa Manchester Corrine
William Marquez Caretaker
Karen Martin Vicki
Joe Mays
Barry Michlin Executive Producer
Andy Milder Dressing Room Page
Walter C. Miller TV Director
Ken Molina Awards Dinner Dancer
D. David Morin Cameraman
Richardson Morse 2nd Sponsor
Rosemary Murphy Luanna Trott
Kelly Noonan Merry Sparks
Sheri Norwood Awards Dinner Dancer
John O'Leary TV Censor
Tita Omeze Awards Dinner Dancer
Fred Parnes Jeep Driver
James Patrick Captain
Jody Peterson 1950s Show Dancer
Tony Pierce Major at Firebase
Marc Poppel Corpsman at MASH
Richard Portnow Milt
Annie Prager Associate Producer
Jim Raposa Dancing Airman
Mark Roberts Vice Admiral
Jameson Rodgers Danny (at 4)
Raymond Rodriguez Awards Dinner Dancer
John Ruskin Marine Who Stops Trucks
Amy Rydell 1950s Show Dancer
David Selberg Assistant Director
Jack Sheldon Wally Fields
Garrison Singer Commander at Citadel
Heidi Sorenson Showgirl
Lynn Stalmaster
Susanne Sullivan 1950s Show Dancer
Billy Bob Thornton Marine Sergeant
Paul Thorpe 1950s Show Dancer
Rick Gavin Tjia Awards Dinner Dancer
Natsuo Tomita Awards Dinner Dancer
Jerald Vincent Awards Dinner Dancer
Maggie Wagner Stan's Assistant
Beverly Ward Awards Dinner Dancer
Kirby Ward Awards Dinner Dancer
Jeffrey Weissman
Patrick Whyte Audience Airman
Shannon Wilcox Margaret Sparks
Chris Wilkinson Niles LaGuardia
Maia Winters Janie
Bud Yorkin Phil
Kristy Zlock 1950s Show Dancer
Stewart J. Zully T.V. Stage Manager
Technical Credits
Mark Rydell Director, Producer
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Marshall Brickman Screenwriter
Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell Producer
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Syd Dutton Special Effects
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Goldblatt Cinematographer
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Frank Griffin Makeup
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Ray Hartwick Co-producer
Jere Huggins Editor
Neal Jimenez Screenwriter
Lindy Laub Screenwriter
Richard J. Lawrence Set Decoration/Design
Joe Layton Choreography
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Kathleen Long Producer
Marvin March Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Edward D. Markley Production Manager
Bette Midler Producer
Donald O. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Mic Rodgers Stunts
Peter Romero Set Decoration/Design
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Margaret Jennings South Producer
Bill Taylor Special Effects
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Wilkinson Associate Producer
Don Woodruff Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [2:53]
2. Miss Leonard [3:47]
3. In The Beginnings [6:41]
4. Eddie Sparks [10:37]
5. Chemistry [10:05]
6. Eddie Objects [7:29]
7. Eddie Apologizes [3:32]
8. Dixie's Husband [10:23]
9. Creative Differences [:39]
10. Korea [10:49]
11. Japan [13:51]
12. The Break-up [:02]
13. Viet Nam [11:07]
14. Incoming? [6:56]
15. 20 Minutes To Showtime [10:15]
16. Where Is She? [4:27]
17. The Old Routine [5:01]
18. End Titles [10:53]
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Menu

Side #1--
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Trailer A
      Trailer B
      TV Spot: "Made Peace"
      TV Spot: "Midler Review"
      TV Spot: "Benefits Quote"
      Fox Flix
         9 To 5
         Nine Months
         Norma Rae
         The Truth About Cats and Dogs
         Working Girl
   Language Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Laugh a little, Cry a little

    I appreciate someone made a film like this with Bette Middler. I love her anyway, but other comedy type of movies only show her limited talent as an actress. This one is not. You'll know what the true great movie is and this is for anyone in a family. You laugh and you cry. Don't you think that is the criteria of the everlasting stories? I loved her in the Valenciaga dress! That is beyond cool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bette stuts her best stuff!!

    bette was great in this film.I t not only makes you laugh but also makes you cry.Thiswas sinsational.I hope you enjoy this.

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