• PG, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Lynn
    In Theaters:
    Mar 29, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 30, 1998
  • MCA Universal Home Video


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Sgt. Bilko Reviews

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Super Reviewer

February 12, 2012
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.
Spencer S

Super Reviewer

August 12, 2010
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.

Super Reviewer

November 28, 2007
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.

Super Reviewer

March 16, 2007
Not quite as horrendous as I was led to believe, but there's only ONE ernie Bilko.

Super Reviewer

October 3, 2011
In this film Steve Martin plays Sergeant Bilko, a scam-artist behind every questionable activity and a myriad of other "victim less" crimes and rackets at Fort Baxter. It seems everybody on post is savvy to the game, except the bumbling Colonel Hall played by Dan Aykroyd. Enter Major Thorn (Phil Hartman), who has it in for Bilko for lousing up his career. Thorn sets out to burn Bilko. The question is will he succeed? Glenne Headly turned in a notable performance as Bilko's long suffering girlfriend Rita Robbins.
Curt C

Super Reviewer

February 14, 2006
Acceptably funny Steve Martin comedy. Not much more to say about it than that.

Super Reviewer

October 22, 2012
Pleasant comedy has some laughs, unfamiliar with the TV show but I thought Steve Martin fit the part of the smooth-talking, quick-dealing Bilko. Much better than his unwise attempt at Inspector Clouseau, that's for sure.

Super Reviewer

January 11, 2011
An ill advised big film remake of the classic Phil Silvers Show. It's not totally bad but nobody could ever hold a candle to the original ensemble of what is one of the funniest, best cast comedies ever. Perhaps we should just see this as a fans' tribute to a great old show.
Sunil J

Super Reviewer

April 25, 2008
Silly antics but pretty funny.

Super Reviewer

December 16, 2007
Very funny!
September 21, 2011
Not enough laughs, but Steve Martin and Phil Hartman are usually pretty funny in any film they are in. Mediocre comedy at best, with some few shining moments. Few.
September 24, 2007
Comedy gold, mainly due to the fact that Steve Martin was still in his prime. The rest of the cast was spectacular: beginning with the late-great Phil Hartman, and finishing up with Dan Akroyd, Glenne Headly, and Pamela Adlon. All-star preformences top to bottom.
July 12, 2009
Steve Martin is so hilariuos. The movie is a little ridiculous but not in a stupid way...it's just really funny.
Ken D

Super Reviewer

March 17, 2009
Minimal laughs, but there were still a few laughs. Very few times when Steve Martin gets really annoying, but in this movie he does.
February 15, 2009
Perfect slapstick humor. Hartman was probably the best while the entire ensemble was wonderfully solid. great comedy.
December 19, 2008
A really wacky, implausible comedy about a crooked Sgt. running a military base like the mob ran Vegas in the 60s.
Not the best movie, but any fan of Steve Martin should enjoy it.
February 18, 2008
this was an entertaining movie. i wouldn't call it the best ever made, but still really entertaining!
August 17, 2007
Hilarious! I find the humor in this even more humorous due to the fact I was actually in the Army before haha!
June 8, 2007
I like Steve Martin but he is treading on sacred ground attempting to play Master Sergeant Ernie Bilko and for this reason is probably why this movie tanked in theatres. Phil Silvers was a comedy genius and playing a part he patented would only smell trouble for box office returns. Just ask Cedrick the Entertainer and his imitation of Gleason. When you try to recapture the magic of a tv classic in a motion picture you could already pretty much chalk it up as a failure before it even hits theatres. Stay away from this flop.
May 13, 2007
If you have seen the show and like it then this movie is not for you! This movie is a tad bit better than the show because it covers more of the trouble that Sgt. Bilko can get into!
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