StripesDirector: Ivan Reitman
Bill Murray decides to be all that he can be -- and it ain't pretty -- in this hit comedy. John Winger (Murray) is a quick-witted but unambitious loser who comes home after getting fired to discover that his car has been repossessed and his girlfriend is leaving him. With no idea of what to do next, John and his best friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) impulsively join the Army, more as a practical joke than a career goal. John and Russell find themselves in basic training under the hard-nosed and impatient Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates), who is stuck with an outfit of goofballs, including overweight Ox (John Candy), naive Cruiser (John Deihl), perpetually stoned Elmo (Judge Reinhold), and the appropriately-nicknamed Psycho (Conrad Dunn). The platoon succeeds in impressing the generals spite of themselves, and John and Russell even find time to romance two pretty female MPs, Stella (P.J. Soles) and Louise (Sean Young). However, when John and Russell commandeer a high-tech military vehicle for a European weekend getaway with the girls, they happen into Soviet territory and stumble into an international incident. Remarkably, Stripes was made with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army, despite its less-than-rosy view of the all-volunteer armed forces.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Elmer Bernstein||Score Composer|
|Carl Biddiscombe||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Bruno||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Joe Medjuck||Associate Producer|
|Russell Saunders||Production Manager|
|James Spencer||Production Designer|
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Possibly one of the funniest movies of the decade and incredibly quotable, it's a piece of comedy genius. It's filled with some of the best one-liners in the business, and a supporting cast of pros. The interchange between John Candy and Warren Oats after the latter gets mortared off of a climbing tower ranks as one of the funniest scenes in movies of all time. Like Full Metal Jacket, things kind of trail off after basic training, but it still holds strong overall. Never fails to make me laugh!
It's all in the name of patriotism, baby. An underachieving, smarmy-mouthed Bill Murray at his finest.
Corny but classic --- "feel his nose - it's cold" Bill Murray at his best