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Privates on Parade (1982)

Privates on Parade (1982)

Privates on Parade





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This kooky British comedy chronicles the zany and occasionally dramatic exploits of the Song and Dance Unit, Southeast Asia (SADUSEA, pronounced "sad-you-see") assigned to entertain troops stationed in the Malayan jungle during WW II. It is based on a play by Peter Nichols. The entertainers are led by the rigid Major Giles Flack. Much to Flack's discomfiture, most of his unit is gay and enjoys dressing up in drag. The film also contains a serious subplot about a treacherous cad in the group who gets the only real woman in the troupe pregnant and then abuses her. He also steals ammo and information to give to the enemy. In the end, a terrible battle ensues at his hands. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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On DVD: Apr 1, 2003


John Cleese
as Maj. Giles Flack
Denis Quilley
as Capt. Terri Dennis
Nicola Pagett
as Sylvia Morgan
Patrick Pearson
as Sgt. Steven Flowers
Michael Elphick
as Sgt. Maj. Reg Drummo...
John Quayle
as Capt. Henry Cox
Robin Langford
as Electrician
Joe Melia
as Sgt. Len Bonny
John Standing
as Capt. Sholto Savory
Simon Jones
as Sgt. Eric Young-Love
David Bamber
as Sgt. Charles Bishop
Bruce Payne
as Flight Sgt. Kevin Ar...
Neil Pearson
as Band Pianist
Steve Dixon
as Drummer
Jasper Jacob
as Bass Player
Peter Hutchinson
as Trumpet Player
Ishaq Bux
as Sikh Doorman
Brigitte Kahn
as Mrs. Reg Drummond
Tim Barlow
as Commanding Officer
William Parker
as Armed Escort
David Griffin
as Infantry Officer in ...
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Critic Reviews for Privates on Parade

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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July 16, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Privates on Parade


Curious mix of the tragedy of war, bawdy comedy, drag shows and communist rebels, set in southeast Asia. On the whole it doesn't quite work, but I admire the effort. Good performances. It just pulls the viewer in too many directions, and often abruptly.

James Higgins

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