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Sgt. Bilko (1996)

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Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 6

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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The classic 1955-59 sitcom The Phil Silvers Show (also known as "You'll Never Get Rich" in its first few episodes) became this high concept comedy with an all-star cast. Steve Martin stars as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko, a conniving motor pool supervisor who uses his position to finance various get-rich-quick schemes, including illegal gambling, at a Kansas military base. His commanding officer, Colonel Hall (Dan Aykroyd) is mostly oblivious to Bilko's antics. Trouble arrives when

PG,

Comedy

Jun 30, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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Though Martin and a solid supporting cast produce a few scattered moments of near-hilarity, for the most part the terrain here is as flat as it gets.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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[A] celebration of high jinks.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This is shoddy hackwork, replaying classic scenarios (the honest new recruit, audits by Pentagon bigwigs and manoeuvres in Nevada) with such disregard for narrative structure the reels might be in the wrong order.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film is full of gratifying gags like these, but it also has to strain for newly enlarged scope.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Wacky is just the right tone for a spring comedy.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the pleasures of the movie is all the little jokes hidden in the corners.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
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Martin's Bilko is a career grifter who comes out on top every time. He's a Bilko for the nasty '90s, oily and smug.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Aside from the sheer insanity of trying to leap into the shoes of the irreplaceable Phil Silvers, surely Martin should have recognized that the film had no script, no gags and no discernible point.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

We've seen it before, almost frame for frame, in every other service comedy, especially Stripes.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A big disappointment.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

There is lots of yelling.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

CLassic Stevey Martin full of great one-liners.

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Awful

December 7, 2002
Trades

Steve Martin faz um bom trabalho, como sempre.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Sgt. Bilko isn't a bad movie, it just isn't worth the six or seven bucks to get in.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The movie is saturated with stagnant, one-note performances from stagnant, one-note actors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

This guy still scares me.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Both Martin and Hartman are masters of subtle physical comedics; a raised eyebrow here, a shrug there, and you're in the aisle. Unfortunately, even the genuine genius of those two can't save Lynn's film from its final fate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Most of the way, there's plenty here for anyone who's looking for a laugh-provoking time-waster.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Sgt. Bilko

Sgt. Bilko is a very good comedy that unfortunately is pretty underrated. Steve Martin is great here and there's plenty of good elements to make up a smart comedy. If you're going in with expectations that this will be a Hangover type comedy, you'll be very disappointed. This is a very funny film that is supported by a good cast, including the late, great Phil Hartman. This is a smart, witty comedy. Steve Martin is very funny here and he makes the film very enjoyable. Sgt. Bilko is a very underrated film. I don't understand why this film has gotten so many bad reviews. This is a fine comedy that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a good Steve Martin flick. Sure, this film isn't perfect, but the cast deliver good comedic performances that make this film a worthy comedy to watch. Steve Martin delivers a good comedic performance that makes this film worth it. Sgt. Bilko may not be a perfect film, but it definitely is an underrated film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. For what it is, Sgt. Bilko is a smart comedy that has good acting, good laughs and is overall very entertaining. I very much loved this film, and I think that it has plenty of effective comedic moments to make it a worthwhile film to watch.
February 14, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Remember those secret little comedy gems Steve Martin made in the 80's and 90's that no one ever saw but were amazing? Yeah, this isn't one of them. Sgt. Bilko is not a character anyone can empathize with. He's dishonest, depraved, and virtually unkind. The movie explains that though he has all these faults, he boosts his platoon's morale. Since when did morale building have to include being mean spirited and rude to all hardworking soldiers and make fun of everything America was built on? Martin himself is unlikable, as he stands up his bride at the altar more than once, fixes boxing matches, runs lotteries, and charges everyone for basic necessities, including towels. Even Hartman is stuck in a role where he's supposed to be a villain who is only trying to do his job, unlike Bilko. Out for revenge for the last time Bilko basically got away with murder, Hartman's character sabotages the sergeant by being crooked. So the moral of the story is that you can do what you please, and if it makes everyone somewhat happy you can get away with it? Just plain blah.
May 25, 2011
FrizzDrop

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i liked this film. it was a fun comedy, not great and i didnt actually laugh much but martin is always entertaining. this was decent.
November 28, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Not quite as horrendous as I was led to believe, but there's only ONE ernie Bilko.
March 16, 2007
garyX
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    1. Maj. Thorn: If any of this is frightening, you can hold on to me.
    2. Rita Robbins: They're dancing Raisinets.
    3. Maj. Thorn: And you don't find that frightening?
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