Stripes

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Overview

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. ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A satire of army service and authority figures in general, the ribald comedy Stripes is buoyed by the strength of its cast and its unrelentingly goofy charm. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Murray is at the heart of the film's affable, likable tone; his usual deadpan, laid-back self, Murray is perfectly suited to the meandering script and to Ivan Reitman's offbeat direction. Reitman also directed Murray in his first film role, 1979's Meatballs, and he surrounds the actor with experienced comic accompaniment, most notably from John Candy and Harold Ramis. The then little-known Bill Paxton, John Larroquette, Judge Reinhold, and Sean Young also make memorable appearances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • UPC: 043396055131
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray John Winger
Harold Ramis Russell Ziskey
Warren Oates Sgt. Hulka
P.J. Soles Stella
Sean Young Louise
John Candy Dewey "Ox" Oxberger
John Larroquette Capt. Stillman
John Voldstad Stillman's Aide
John Diehl Cruiser
Lance Le Gault Col. Glass
Roberla Leighton Anita
Conrad Dunn Francis "Psycho" Soyer
Judge Reinhold Elmo
Antone Pagan Hector
Glenn-Michael Jones Leon
Bill Lucking Recruiter
Fran Ryan Dowager in Cab
Lois Areno Stillman's Girlfriend
Pamela Bowman Cruiser's Girl
Sue Bowser Mud Wrestler
Samuel Briggs Corporal
Nancy Brock Actor
Yetim Buntsis Russian Soldier
Timothy Busfield Mortar Soldier
Dawn Clark Mud Wrestler
Gerald J. Counts Russian Soldier
J.A. Crawford Soldier
Robert Du Laine Policeman
Linda Dupree Mud Wrestler
Bruce E. Ellis Soldier
Joe Flaherty Sgt. Crocker
Michael Flynn Soldier
Larry Gillette Russian Soldier
Gino Gottarelli Russian Officer
Hershel B. Harlson Shoeshine Man
Joyce D. Helmus Soldier
Leslie Henderson Mud Wrestler
Robin Klein Cheerleader
Larry Odell Lane Soldier
Mark S. Markowicz Policeman
Glen Leigh Marshall Russian Soldier
Susan Mechsner Mud Wrestler
Juanita Merritt Mud Wrestler
Norman Mont-Eton Policeman
David A. Mullins Soldier
Bill Paxton Soldier
David D. Platko Soldier
Dale Prince Russian Soldier
Arkady Rakhman Immigrant
Craig Schaefer Soldier Outside Motor Pool
Gene Scherer Russian Officer
Solomon Schmidt Store Owner
William R. Sykes Soldier
Dave Thomas Emcee
Nick Toth Border Guard
Philip A. Urbansky Soldier
Semyon Veyts Russian Soldier
Jeff Viola Policeman
Robert J. Wilke Gen. Barnicke
Technical Credits
Ivan Reitman Director, Producer
Carl Biddiscombe Set Decoration/Design
Len Blum Screenwriter
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
John Cade Stunts
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
James Connell Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Ronn Forella Choreography
Daniel Goldberg Producer, Screenwriter
Arthur Goldweit Choreography
Harry Keller Editor
Michael Luciano Editor
Joe Medjuck Associate Producer
Harold Ramis Screenwriter
Karen Rea Casting
Eva Ruggiero Editor
Russell Saunders Production Manager
James Spencer Production Designer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Great Get away movie

    Corny but classic --- "feel his nose - it's cold" Bill Murray at his best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AAAAARMY training, sir!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beer before the Brig

    It's all in the name of patriotism, baby. An underachieving, smarmy-mouthed Bill Murray at his finest.

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