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|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|
|Eric Edwards||Duane Doberman|
|John Marshall Jones||Sgt. Henshaw|
|Pamela Segall||Sgt. Raquel Barbella|
|Mitchell Whitfield||Mickey Zimmerman|
|Austin Pendleton||Major Ebersole|
|Chris Rock||Lt. Oster|
|Stephen Park||Captain Moon|
|Debra Jo Rupp||Mrs. Hall|
|Richard Herd||General Tennyson|
|Rance Howard||Mr. Robbins|
|Carol Rosenthal||G.H.Q. Corporal|
|Henry Hayshi||First Technician|
|Cheryl Francis Harrington||Corporal|
|Russell Bobbitt||Valet Parker|
|Dale Dye||First Engineer|
|Allan Bragg||D.O.D. Dignitary|
|Sally Ann Brooks||Technician|
|Ursula Burton||Assistant Casino Manager|
|David E. Cousin||Craps Dealer|
|Dan Ferro||Tony Morales|
|Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez||Soldier|
|Christopher Paul Hart||Nelson|
|Glenne Hartman||Rita Robbins|
|Phil Headly||Major Thorn|
|Steve Kehela||Master Sergeant Sowicki|
|Brian Leckner||Sam Fender|
|Sammy Micco||Blackjack Dealer|
|Anthony Monroy-Marquez||Schoolboy Actor|
|John Ortiz||Luis Clemente|
|Carmela Rappazo||Telephone Operator|
|Andrea Robinson||Vegas Woman|
|Frank Romano||Pit Boss|
|Catherine Silvers||Lt. Monday|
|Michael D. Starks||Boxing Trainer|
|Lynn Tulaine||Vegas Woman|
|Lauren Weinger||Schoolgirl Actress|
|Reno Wilson||Radio Disc Jockey|
|Robert Anderson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Susan Becker||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bruce Crone||Art Director|
|Steve Galich||Special Effects|
|Steve Maslow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lawrence G. Paull||Production Designer|
|Lauren Polizzi||Set Decoration/Design|
|Matthew Rowland||Asst. Director|
|Alan Silvestri||Score Composer, Songwriter|
|Rick Simpson||Set Decoration/Design|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.
- 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".
Posted October 1, 2010