Sgt. Bilko (1996)
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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
Mar 29, 1996 Wide
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.
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.
The film is full of gratifying gags like these, but it also has to strain for newly enlarged scope.
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.
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.
We've seen it before, almost frame for frame, in every other service comedy, especially Stripes.
CLassic Stevey Martin full of great one-liners.
Sgt. Bilko isn't a bad movie, it just isn't worth the six or seven bucks to get in.
The movie is saturated with stagnant, one-note performances from stagnant, one-note actors.
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.
Audience Reviews for Sgt. Bilko
- Maj. Thorn: If any of this is frightening, you can hold on to me.
- Rita Robbins: They're dancing Raisinets.
- Maj. Thorn: And you don't find that frightening?
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