Biloxi Blues (1988)



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In this semi-autobiographical film based on a play by Neil Simon, a draftee is sent to boot camp in Biloxi Mississippi toward the end of WWII. Once there, he's at the mercy of a drill sergeant who seems to have a personal dislike of him.

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


as Eugene Morris Jerome

as Sgt. Merwin J. Toome...

as Joseph Wykowski

as Arnold Epstein

as Roy Selridge

as Donald Carney

as James J. Hennessey

as Daisy Hannigan

as Rowena

as Corporal

as Spitting Cook

as Pinelli

as Mess-hall Corporal

as Rifle Instructor

as Girl at Dance

as Private Roddey

as Corporal Ginnaven

as Corporal Mead

as Tower Officer

as Newsreel Announcer

as Corporal Haley

as Private Lindstrom

as Corporal Wigington

as Private Sudbury

as Digger #3

as Digger #2

as Digger #1

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

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