Soldier in the Rain

Overview

The unlikely duo of Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason star in this military comedy-drama. Gleason is Master Sergeant Max Slaughter, a corpulent man perfectly content with his solitary life in the Army, where his room and board are paid for and free sodas are his for the taking. His comrade, the more ambitious Sergeant Eustis Clay McQueen, looks forward to leaving the service and making a big success of himself in business. Nevertheless, Eustis worships the ground that the kindly Max walks on and introduces him to ...
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Overview

The unlikely duo of Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason star in this military comedy-drama. Gleason is Master Sergeant Max Slaughter, a corpulent man perfectly content with his solitary life in the Army, where his room and board are paid for and free sodas are his for the taking. His comrade, the more ambitious Sergeant Eustis Clay McQueen, looks forward to leaving the service and making a big success of himself in business. Nevertheless, Eustis worships the ground that the kindly Max walks on and introduces him to a pretty teenager, Bobby Jo Pepperdine Tuesday Weld. This sets off the ire of Bobby Jo's would-be suitor Sergeant Fred Lenahan Lew Gallo, a tough military policeman who's already got a bone to pick with Eustis, leading to a tragic turn of events for Eustis and Max. The script for Soldier in the Rain 1963 was co-written by Blake Edwards.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An absorbing film that deserves to be much better known, Soldier in the Rain is a sometimes uneasy blend of comedy and drama that doesn't always quite come off, but has so much going for it that one is glad to overlook its flaws. A buddy picture set in the peacetime Army, Soldier is concerned with how a strong friendship can develop between two people of differing personalities and aims. Jackie Gleason and Steve McQueen are different types, and the fact that they have such a strong bond may at first seem unlikely, but as the film progresses it somehow seems natural and inevitable. Blake Edwards and Martin Richlin have done an excellent job of adapting William Goldman's novel, and together with director Ralph Nelson have opted to emphasize the character aspects of the material over the plot. This does make the story seem a bit fuzzy and haphazard in places, and the climax is perhaps not set up as carefully as it might have been; however, the richness of the character study makes up for this. Most importantly, the film gives Jackie Gleason the opportunity to demonstrate what a truly gifted and unique performer he was. As expected, Gleason handles the comedic aspects of the role like the true comic he is. But many forget that the actor was a skillful dramatic performer as well, and he shines throughout here, using his underlying vulnerability and tenderness to extremely good effect. He's especially good in his scenes with Tuesday Weld, who also turns in another sterling performance. McQueen, unfortunately, doesn't match his co-stars; his character is a bit over-the-top, but McQueen forces the issue, and he overplays the comedy something terrible. Much better are supporting players such as Tom Poston and, in a very small role, Adam West. Soldier is hard to find, but worth searching out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • UPC: 883316174302
  • Original Release: 1963
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Gleason Sgt. Maxwell Slaughter
Steve McQueen Sgt Eustace Clay
Tuesday Weld Bobby Jo Pepperdine
Tony Bill Pfc. Jerry Meltzner
Tom Poston Lt. Magee
Ed Nelson MP Sgt. Priest
Lew Gallo MP Sgt. Lenahan
Paul Hartman Chief of Police
Chris Noel Frances McCoy
Lewis Charles Sgt. Tozzi
Rockne Tarkington 1st Sgt. William Booth
John Hubbard Battalion Major
Sam Flint Old Man
Adam West Capt. (inspecting)
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director, Screenwriter
Ralph Nelson Director
Jerry Alpert Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Barber Art Director
Bud Bashaw Makeup
Carl Faulkner Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Hampton Special Effects
Lawrence A. Hampton Special Effects
Austen Jewell Asst. Director
Martin Jurow Producer
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Henry Mancini Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
James W. Payne Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Richlin Screenwriter
Shirley Strahm Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Winters Editor
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