Stripes

  • 15
  • Ivan Reitman (1981)
  • US
  • 101 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Bill Murray made his breakthrough with this comedy and his sleazy charisma helps disguise the formulaic "you're in the army now" plotting. Layabout Murray and chum Harold Ramis (also co-writer) are conned into joining up (by an unbilled Harry Dean Stanton, in a neat cameo). Murray's sparring with the obligatory hard-nosed NCO (Warren Oates, in one of his last film roles) is a constant delight; the film only goes off the rails in the Rambo-ish finale. A surprise hit, it also features early high profile roles for Judge Reinhold, John Candy and Sean Young.

Plot Summary

Two layabouts enlist in the US Army in the mistaken belief that a modern serviceman's life is the equivalent of a luxury holiday. However, the pair quickly realise military duty is much more rigorous than either of them could ever have imagined, while a jaunt in a commandeered high-tech vehicle creates an international incident when they cross into enemy territory. Comedy, with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sean Young, Warren Oates, John Candy and Judge Reinhold.

Cast and crew

Cast

John
Bill Murray
Russell
Harold Ramis
Sergeant Hulka
Warren Oates
Stella
P J Soles
Louise
Sean Young
Ox
John Candy
Captain Stillman
John Larroquette
Stillman's aide
John Voldstad
Cruiser
John Diehl
Colonel Glass
Lance LeGault
Anita
Roberta Leighton
Psycho
Conrad Dunn
Elmo
Judge Reinhold
Hector
Antone Pagan

Crew

Director
Ivan Reitman

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy