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Biloxi Blues (1988)



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During World War II, a young Jewish man is drafted and sent to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, where he faces infernal heat, a psychotic drill sergeant, and the challenges of manhood. This comedy is based on the popular -- and somewhat autobiographical -- stage play by Neil Simon.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Simon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


Matthew Broderick
as Eugene Morris Jerome
Christopher Walken
as Sgt. Merwin J. Toome...
Matt Mulhern
as Joseph Wykowski
Corey Parker
as Arnold Epstein
Markus Flanagan
as Roy Selridge
Casey Siemaszko
as Donald Carney
Michael Dolan
as James J. Hennessey
Penelope Ann Miller
as Daisy Hannigan
Dave Kienzle
as Corporal
Matthew Kimbrough
as Spitting Cook
Mark Jacobs
as Pinelli
Jeff Bailey
as Mess-hall Corporal
Bill Russell
as Rifle Instructor
Natalie Canerday
as Girl at Dance
A. Collin Roddey
as Private Roddey
Christopher Ginnaven
as Corporal Ginnaven
Morris Mead
as Corporal Mead
David Whitman
as Tower Officer
Norman Rose
as Newsreel Announcer
Michael Haley
as Corporal Haley
Ben Hynum
as Private Lindstrom
Andy Wigington
as Corporal Wigington
Scott Sudbury
as Private Sudbury
Tom Kagy
as Digger #3
Allen Turner
as Digger #2
Kirby Mitchell
as Digger #1
Christopher Phelps
as Private Phelps
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Critic Reviews for Biloxi Blues

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Broderick acts with a beautifully wary exuberance, full of a puckish vulnerability and anxious, twisted impishness.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Perhaps this movie isn't as wise or as profound as Simon wants it to be, but it is certainly a cut above sitcom complacency, and packed with wit and charm.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Playing a character perched precisely on the point between adolescence and manhood, Broderick is enjoyable all the way.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Suffice it to say it is suicidally against the grain.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With superb performances by Mr. Broderick and Christopher Walken, who plays Mr. Simon's nearly unhinged, very funny variation on the drill sergeant of movie myth, ''Biloxi Blues'' has a fully satisfying lif...[ END HERE ] of its own

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie Mike Nichols has directed from the play is pale, shallow, unconvincing and predictable, and tells us less about the characters than we already know.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Biloxi Blues

"Biloxi Blues is about Eugene Morris Jerome who is drafted and shipped off to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi near the end of World War II. Right off the train Jerome immediately falls under Sgt. Toomey's shit list. Jerome is sarcastic and Toomey is a little off in the head, so they really don't mesh well together. Toomey targets Jerome for most of the film making him the outcast along with his fellow soldier Epstein, who is constantly put on latrine duty. Jerome learns a lot about himself during his time in Biloxi and has a lot of firsts. I must admit that losing his virginity has to be one of the funnier moments in the film. The way he's climbing all over her like a monkey was pretty funny.
Walken and Broderick have great chemistry on screen and give really good performances. But Walken steals the show. The film is enjoyable and I really liked it. I would for sure see this again."


Super Reviewer

A warm and fuzzy version of the classic boot camp drama. Not to bad, but not that great either.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Another corny adaption of a Neil Simon play. It is horribly acted by Matthew Broderick, who cannot act outside of a John Hughes film. It is a terrible coming of age story and a dime a dozen. The only redeeming quality was a rather good performance from Christopher Walken as a drill instructor.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Biloxi Blues Quotes

Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey: "The moral to this story is -- when you get real horny -- do unto yourself as you would otherwise do unto others."
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)
Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey: You're taking me on, aren't you? I have a nutcracker that crunches the testicles of men that take me on.
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)
Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey: In the past twenty-one days, you boys have made some fine progress. You're not fighting soldiers yet, but I'd match you up against some Nazi cocktail waitress anytime.
– Submitted by Alannah D (4 years ago)

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