Biloxi Blues (1988)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Biloxi Blues was the second of playwright Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical trilogy (number one was Brighton Beach Memoirs; number three, Broadway Bound). Matthew Broderick stars as Simon's alter ego Eugene Morris Jerome, who is drafted and shipped off to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in the waning days of World War II. Eugene is at the mercy of near-psychotic drill sergeant Toomey (Christopher Walken), who seems to have a personal vendetta against the poor schlemiel (Toomey also has all the
Mar 25, 1988 Wide
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Eugene Morris Jerome
Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey
James J. Hennessey
Penelope Ann Miller
Girl at Dance
A. Collin Roddey
Broderick acts with a beautifully wary exuberance, full of a puckish vulnerability and anxious, twisted impishness.
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.
Playing a character perched precisely on the point between adolescence and manhood, Broderick is enjoyable all the way.
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
Overall Nichols, Simon and especially Broderick find fresh threads in the old fatigues.
The combination of Neil Simon and Mike Nichols has the pair of them back to somewhere near their best.
An intelligent, tightly constructed film which manages to satirize both the military and the process of growing up.
Odd blend of comedy and terrorizing between Broderick and Walken.
Great performances elevate Simon's amusing and nostalgic tale.
Charts a Jewish boy's rite of passage into adulthood during 1943 as an Army Recruit.
Excellent Performances, but not a shade on 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
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