Biloxi Blues (1988)
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.
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 Spitting Cook
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 Private Phelps
as Digger #1
as Digger #2
as Digger #3
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Critic Reviews for Biloxi Blues
Broderick acts with a beautifully wary exuberance, full of a puckish vulnerability and anxious, twisted impishness.
The combination of Neil Simon and Mike Nichols has the pair of them back to somewhere near their best.
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.
An intelligent, tightly constructed film which manages to satirize both the military and the process of growing up.
Playing a character perched precisely on the point between adolescence and manhood, Broderick is enjoyable all the way.
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.
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
Excellent Performances, but not a shade on 'Brighton Beach Memoirs'
Broderick's great, Walken's the king, and Neil Simon supplies the words. Plus it's a great little military comedy.
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.
Overall Nichols, Simon and especially Broderick find fresh threads in the old fatigues.
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."
A warm and fuzzy version of the classic boot camp drama. Not to bad, but not that great either.More
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.More
In my own defense, it takes a little moxie to post a favorable review of this movie when every "critic" and their brother panned it.
So, do I have the moxie to do it? Do I have the big brass kahunas it takes to stand up and be counted? Maybe. Maybe not. What I do have is relative anonymity and that, my friends, is worth a pound and a half of moxie any day.
I like this film.
There, I said it.
Neil Simon's stage-play may have lost a little 'umph!' in the translation to the big screen, but if you've never seen the Broadway production then you'll never know the difference. Park Overall is good, Christopher Walken is great and Matthew Broderick is fantastic.
If you like Neil Simon's unique brand of comedy or if you like nostalgic takes on 1940's Americana or even if you just enjoy films about psychotic drill sergeants with plates in their heads, I think you'll get a kick out of Biloxi Blues.
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."
- 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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