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Story

Bill Murray was heading toward a career peak on the back of comedies such as this one from 1981, the second film in his ongoing collaboration with director Ivan Reitman (the two went on to make Ghostbusters). Murray plays a chronic loser who joins the army and fails to find a fan for his ironic sensibilities in his by-the-book sergeant (Warren Oates). When push comes to shove, however, the smirking hero takes charge of his ragtag unit and turns them into fighting machines, albeit to the rhythm of hit songs by Manfred Mann and Sly Stone. The film is occasionally funny, but it mostly plays like any one of a dozen underachieving comedies featuring players from Saturday Night Live and SCTV. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Features 18 extra minutes, including 6 never-before-seen deleted scenes
  • Hour-long documentary
  • Interviews with Bill Murray and the cast
  • Mastered in high definition

Cast

Bill MurrayJohn
Harold RamisRussell Ziskey
Warren OatesSgt. Hulka
P.J. SolesStella
Sean YoungLouise
John CandyOx
John LarroquetteCapt. Stillman
John VoldstadStillman's Aide
John DiehlCruiser
Lance LeGaultCol. Glass
Roberta LeightonAnita
Conrad DunnFrancis 'Psycho' Soyer
Judge ReinholdElmo
Antone PaganHector
Glenn-Michael JonesLeon
William LuckingRecruiter (as Bill Lucking)
Fran RyanDowager in Cab
Joe FlahertyBorder Guard (as Joseph P. Flaherty)
Nick TothBorder Guard
Dave ThomasM.C.
Robin KleinCheerleader
Robert J. WilkeGen. Barnicke
Lois HamiltonStillman's Girlfriend (as Lois Areno)
Samuel BriggsCorporal
Hershel B. HarlsonShoeshine Man

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Military, Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 106 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 26, 1981
    JapanJan 23, 1982
    AustraliaDec 10, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJan 24, 2012
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 7, 2005
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