Stripes [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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When quick-witted slacker John Winger (Bill Murray) loses his apartment, girlfriend and job all in one day, he decides to embark on a new adventure: he joins the US Army, nearly starting WWIII. Featuring an additional 18 minutes of hysterical footage, the STRIPES Extended Cut is one of the funniest military spoofs of all time. And that's the fact, Jack!
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The pressure is on for Hulka and his men, when Colonel Glass (Lance LeGault) informs Captain Stillman (John Larroquette) that the "General" is looking for a squad of crack new recruits to man a special project, and Hulka's boys have been chosen. The project involves a secret weapon, an "urban assault" vehicle, that is to be unveiled on their base in Germany shortly. But first, Hulka has to get his troops through basic, which will be a minor miracle in itself, even though Winger goes "Out on a limb," and offers to be their leader.Read more ›
There are just so many classic bits in this film. From Murray's hilarious cab drive with a snooty lady ("I just wish I hadn't had all that cough syrup!") to his girlfriend leaving him ("All the plants are gonna die!") to hooking up with his best friend played perfectly by a young Harold Ramis (when he was thinner!). The give and take between the two of them is so well done (Ramis: My blood is on your hands. Murray: Just don't get any on my shoes.) and incredibly funny.
Essentially, this is Private Benjamin but with Murray and Ramis as the leads and it still works so well and stands as probably the best military comedy to date (forget Major Payne or that Pauley Shore film). You've got a killer cast that includes the late, great John Candy (as the lovable oaf, Ox), a young, pre-Beverly Hills Cop, Judge Reinhold, John Laroquette, lovely young ladies, Sean Young and P.J. Soles, and last but not least, Warren Oates as the nasty Drill Sergeant Hulka. He's what really makes the film so great because he acts as the perfect antagonist for Murray. He doesn't take Murray's B.S. and gives as good as he gets. The scenes between them are priceless.
However, the film does suffer from a weak last third. The film really should have ended after Murray and co.'s successful inspection.Read more ›
John Winger is an underachieving slob who has lost his job, his car and his girlfriend all in the course of a single morning. His somewhat unorthodox solution is to join the army and bring a friend with him.
Bill Murray has insincerity down to an art form, as the smart-aleck Winger who clashes with the hard case Sergeant Hulka from day one. John Candy and Harold Ramis lead a great supporting cast that makes up Winger's platoon full of losers. John Larroquette also performs well as the idiot base commander who is more interested in chasing women than managing his responsibilities.
From the beginning, Winger is a square peg in a round hole, and while his friends like him (sort of), the people in authority certainly don't. Winger does, however, have a certain magnetism as an individual who is willing to challenge authority, and becomes the "leader" of the platoon when Sergeant Hulka is injured in a training accident. Predictably (yet hilariously), the platoon comes together and pulls off a wonderful performance at their graduation, earning them a choice assignment, which they promptly screw up, and then turn themselves into heroes.
While certainly not a classic of the american cinema, this movie is a classic of '80s comedy, and should be welcomed into any DVD collection, especially for [the item price].
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Love this movie. Remember seeing this in the theater when it was released in 1981. Two of comedy's greats, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis, come together to make what I think is one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. H.
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