Sgt. Bilko

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Overview

The classic 1955-59 sitcom The Phil Silvers Show (also known as "You'll Never Get Rich" in its first few episodes) became this high concept comedy with an all-star cast. Steve Martin stars as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko, a conniving motor pool supervisor who uses his position to finance various get-rich-quick schemes, including illegal gambling, at a Kansas military base. His commanding officer, Colonel Hall (Dan Aykroyd) is mostly oblivious to Bilko's antics. Trouble arrives when the master ...
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Overview

The classic 1955-59 sitcom The Phil Silvers Show (also known as "You'll Never Get Rich" in its first few episodes) became this high concept comedy with an all-star cast. Steve Martin stars as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko, a conniving motor pool supervisor who uses his position to finance various get-rich-quick schemes, including illegal gambling, at a Kansas military base. His commanding officer, Colonel Hall (Dan Aykroyd) is mostly oblivious to Bilko's antics. Trouble arrives when the master sergeant's old rival, Major Thorn (Phil Hartman), appears. It seems that Thorn, the butt of several past Bilko capers, is eager to settle the score by spearheading a review of Bilko's records and stealing away his fiancée Rita (Glenne Headley), who may have been left at the altar one too many times. At the same time, military engineer Major Ebersole (Austin Pendleton) is testing a new high-tech "hover tank" that may not be quite ready for deployment. Directed by light comedy specialist Jonathan Lynn, who brought a similar touch to My Cousin Vinny (1992) and Greedy (1994), the updated Sgt. Bilko costarred Cathy Silvers, daughter of the TV show's late star, as Lieutenant Monday.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • UPC: 025192027925
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,655

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Master Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko
Dan Aykroyd Col. Hall
Phil Hartman Maj. Thorn
Glenne Headly Rita Robbins
Daryl Mitchell Wally Holbrook
Max Casella Dino Paparelli
Derek Basco Soldier
Stephan Benseman Bartender
Russell Bobbitt Valet Parker
Allan Bragg D.O.D. Dignitary
Sally Ann Brooks Technician
Ursula Burton Assistant Casino Manager
Dwayne Chattman Soldier
David E. Cousin Craps Dealer
Dale Dye First Engineer
Eric Edwards Duane Doberman
Dan Ferro Tony Morales
Tami-Adrian George Janet
Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez Soldier
Cheryl Francis Harrington Corporal
Christopher Paul Hart Nelson
Glenne Hartman Rita Robbins
Henry Hayashi Technician
Henry Hayshi First Technician
Phil Headly Major Thorn
Richard Herd General Tennyson
Rance Howard Mr. Robbins
John Marshall Jones Sgt. Henshaw
Steve Kehela Master Sergeant Sowicki
Brian Leckner Sam Fender
Sammy Micco Blackjack Dealer
Anthony Monroy-Marquez Schoolboy Actor
John Ortiz Luis Clemente
Stephen Park Captain Moon
Austin Pendleton Major Ebersole
Carmela Rappazo Telephone Operator
Andrea Robinson Vegas Woman
Chris Rock Lt. Oster
Frank Romano Pit Boss
Carol Rosenthal G.H.Q. Corporal
Debra Jo Rupp Mrs. Hall
Pamela Segall Sgt. Raquel Barbella
Catherine Silvers Lt. Monday
Michael D. Starks Boxing Trainer
Travis Tritt Himself
Lynn Tulaine Vegas Woman
Lauren Weinger Schoolgirl Actress
Mitchell Whitfield Mickey Zimmerman
Reno Wilson Radio Disc Jockey
Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director
Robert Anderson Songwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Breckman Screenwriter
Bruce Crone Art Director
Steve Galich Special Effects
Brian Grazer Producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Tony Lombardo Editor
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Mary McLaglen Co-producer
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Matthew Rowland Asst. Director
Alan Silvestri Score Composer, Songwriter
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Peter Sova Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Welcome To Fort Baxter (main Titles) [10:59]
2. Brass [3:50]
3. The Robber Bridegroom [6:33]
4. Lieutenant Thorn [5:47]
5. The 70,000,000 Dust Cloud [5:50]
6. Major Thorn [6:09]
7. Bilko's Last Chance [5:59]
8. The Rusty Spur [8:00]
9. Like Real Soldiers [6:15]
10. Desert Maneuvers [7:18]
11. Bilko's New Girlfriend [5:10]
12. The Best Bilko Plan Ever! [7:26]
13. The Tank's Big Test [3:40]
14. Solid Evidence [1:55]
15. The Glee Club [2:15]
16. The Winning Hand (end Titles) [6:41]
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Menu

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Side #1 --
Bonus Materials
   Production Notes
   Cast And Filmmakers
      Steve Martin
      Dan Aykroyd
      Phil Hartman
      Glenne Headly
      Jonathan Lynn
   Theatrical Trailer
Language Selection
   Spoken Language
   Captions & Subtitles
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Guilty Pleasure

    This film was overlooked upon it's release and many of the critics who reviewed it were not too kind. And while I would agree it wasn't Steve Martin's best work, he does turn in a good performance in a funny film the entire family can enjoy.

    We start with comedian Darryl "Chill" Mitchell playing a private fresh out of bootcamp arriving at Fort Baxter. He's assigned to Sgt. Bilko's motor pool and quickly discovers that Bilko's entire company does everything except "Army" work. Between fooling the CO (a pudgy Dan Ackroyd) and failing to show for his upmteenth wedding attempt with his true love (a wonderful Glenne Headly), Bilko is on the highway to riches when his old nemises Maj. Thorn (a firey Phil Hartman) arrives. And when the failure of the experimental "hovertank" threatens to send Bilko to Greenland, Mitchell and crew step forward to save Bilko.

    Standard plot with an ending you can see a mile away, "Sgt. Bilko" is made enjoyable on the earnest performances of Martin and his rowdy crew, featuring some very memorable lines like "an indictment is not a conviction". A very funny trip to Las Vegas as well as a funny "flashback" involving a fixed boxing match.

    Add to it Austin Pendleton's pained, forlorn performance as the hapless hovertank engineer and you have a funny, family friendly film that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

    Tidbits:
    - The daughter of Phil Silvers (the original Sgt. Bilko) makes a cameo appearance, aside Chris Rock, as a Army accountant brought in by Maj. Thorn.
    - During the "horse vs. man" contest, we see that Sgt. Barbella has rarely smoked a cigarette before...
    - To be honest, there is a considerable amount of smoking (even Martin lights up a cigar in one scene) in the film. This movie was made at a time when cigar smoking in particular was becoming more "in vogue". And smoking is more common on military bases, so this shouldn't be surprising.
    - "Chill" Mitchell is particularly good here. Years later he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident and still performs today, like on the recent Fox series, "Brothers".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FUNNY!

    This is the funniest movie i have ever seen! Steve Martain Is great!

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