For the Boys

For the Boys

     
 

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2006
UPC:
0798622336729
Source:
Westlake
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
7:30:00

Special Features

Biographies; Filmographies; Photo galleries; Interactive menus; Jump to scene; Dolby sound; PC/MAC compatible

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- For the Boys: The Last Days of Patton
3. Chapter 1 [9:33]
4. Chapter 2 [14:02]
5. Chapter 3 [11:28]
6. Chapter 4 [13:35]
7. Chapter 5 [9:14]
8. Chapter 6 [12:33]
9. Chapter 7 [13:15]
10. Chapter 8 [11:41]
11. Chapter 9 [12:07]
12. Chapter 10 [13:49]
13. Chapter 11 [21:16]
14. Chapter 12 [1:29]
Disc #2 -- For the Boys: At War With the Army
2. Chapter 1 [5:39]
3. Chapter 2 [5:53]
4. Chapter 3 [5:14]
5. Chapter 4 [4:46]
6. Chapter 5 [1:23]
7. Chapter 6 [6:09]
8. Chapter 7 [2:57]
9. Chapter 8 [8:20]
10. Chapter 9 [8:14]
11. Chapter 10 [14:51]
12. Chapter 11 [25:31]
13. Chapter 12 [:32]
Disc #3 -- For the Boys: In Which We Serve
3. Chapter 1 [10:02]
4. Chapter 2 [8:52]
5. Chapter 3 [8:37]
6. Chapter 4 [12:05]
7. Chapter 5 [9:55]
8. Chapter 6 [8:30]
9. Chapter 7 [10:07]
10. Chapter 8 [10:42]
11. Chapter 9 [10:31]
12. Chapter 10 [10:13]
13. Chapter 11 [11:04]
14. Chapter 12 [1:23]
Disc #4 -- For the Boys: Soldier's Revenge
2. Chapter 1 [12:30]
3. Chapter 2 [4:01]
4. Chapter 3 [1:27]
5. Chapter 4 [3:14]
6. Chapter 5 [3:41]
7. Chapter 6 [4:36]
8. Chapter 7 [11:37]
9. Chapter 8 [1:16]
11. Chapter 9 [10:58]
12. Chapter 10 [9:32]
13. Chapter 11 [19:42]
14. Chapter 12 [2:16]

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