At the end of a very bad day when he realizes his life has gone and is going nowhere, John Winger is able to convince his best friend, Russell Ziskey, whose life is not much better, to enlist in the army, despite they not being obvious soldier material. In basic training, they are only two of a bunch of misfits that comprise their platoon. However, it is still John that is constantly butting heads with their drill sergeant, Sergeant Hulka. Two of their saving graces are Stella and Louise, two MPs who get them out of one scrape after another. Their entire platoon is in jeopardy of not graduating. But what happens during basic leads to their entire platoon being assigned to an overseas mission in Italy, to test a new urban assault vehicle, the EM-50 project. John and Russell decide to take the EM-50 for an unauthorized test drive to visit Stella and Louise who have been reassigned to West Germany. In the process, the rest of the platoon, Hulka, and Hulka's immediate superior, ...Written by
"Do Wah Diddy Diddy", a central theme performed by cast members, was originally recorded in the U.S. by The Exciters in late 1963. During "The British Invasion" it was covered by Manfred Mann and rose to #1 U.S. Pop in July 1964. The song has become a popular cadence in the U.S. military. See more »
When John is taking the woman to the airport, he ends up heading north across the 2nd Street bridge into Indiana from Louisville. The airport is actually south of downtown Louisville. However, although many of the vehicles in the city scenes have markings or signs indicating the filming was done in the Louisville area, nothing in the dialogue specifies that the setting is Louisville or any other specific city. See more »
I'm talking about something important, like discipline and duty and honor and courage. And you ain't got none of it!
Those words mean so much to a man who scrubs garbage cans. Look, if you don't want me in your Army, kick me out, but get off my back.
Maybe you'd like to take a swing at me.
I 'd like to take a BIG swing at you, sarge.
Well, go ahead and give it your best shot.
I don't think I want to go to the stockade.
I'll take my hat off. There we are, Winger. Ain't no more drill sergeant. ...
[...] See more »
As the entire end credits are playing, Ox and the soldiers are marching while leaving the airport See more »
The TV version omits all the nudity in the strip club scene, and replaces it with alternate takes, such as Psycho playing pinball. See more »
May be THE classic Bill Murray movie, with Murray, Ramis, Candy and other oddballs making it in the Army. There are three general sequences - Murray pre-Army, basic training, and the mission (occurring after Murray and Ramis "borrow" Army test vehicle with their MP girlfriends). Each of the sequences are funny, I personally like Murray pre-Army best and the mission least. Warren Oates as "Sgt. Hulka" is a modern classic. Over twenty years later and this is still the reigning service comedy.
38 of 55 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this