Stripes (1981)

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Movie Info

In this wild, good-natured comedy, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis play two hard-luck friends who decide to join the Army, believing that it will help them sort out their lives. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Murray and Ramis are excellent.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Dan Goldberg, Len Blum, Harold Ramis, Daniel Goldberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 18, 2001
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast


as Russell Ziskey

as Sgt. Hulka

as Stella

as Louise

as Capt. Stillman

as Cruiser

as Col. Glass

as Recruiter

as Dowager

as Guard

as Master of Ceremonies

as Cheerleader

as Gen. Barnicke

as Cheerleader

as Gen. Barnicke

as Stillman's Girl Frie...

as Corporal

as Sgt. Crocker

as Shoeshine Man

as Soldier with Mortar

as Store Owner

as Soldier Outside Moto...

as Immigrant

as Cruiser's Girl

as Russian Officer

as Russian Officer

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Mud Wrestler

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Russian Soldier

as Soldier

as Policeman

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Critic Reviews for Stripes

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6)

Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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An anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mr. Murray hasn't yet reached the point at which his routines can be sustained for more than 10 minutes at a time. But he has achieved a sardonically exaggerated calm that can be very entertaining.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Benefits immensely from being graded on a curve: it's no Ghostbusters, but it's no Police Academy either.

Full Review… | September 29, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Stripes

½

Three years prior to Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman made this half-forgotten little comedy gem. While not as perfectly timed as said classic in its humor, it's still an enjoyable watch with just as great of a cast. Especially as it features two of the busters: namely Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. Another name worth mentioning is the late great John Candy, who earns credit for some of the film's funniest moments. The plot reminds me of an American version of the Swedish comedy Repmånad, which came out two years before it in 1979. In comparison, I was just about equally entertained, but if I could only have one of them in my shelf, I would have to go with the one starring Murray. Because when all is said and done, there's nothing or at least very little in the world that can top that man's comedic genius.

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Mike S

Super Reviewer

Funny and entertaining, Ivan Reitman's picture have great comedians on the screen, in hilarious situations, but present a kind of boring ending for a terrific 80's comedy classic.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Murray's best early film performance is still a very entertaining watch.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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