Sgt. Bilko (1996)



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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andy Breckman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 30, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Sgt. Ernie Bilko

as Col. Hall

as Maj. Thorn

as Rita Robbins

as Dino Paparelli

as Duane Doberman

as Tony Morales

as Sgt. Henshaw

as Sam Fender

as Luis Clemente

as Sgt. Raquel Barbella

as Captain Moon

as Mickey Zimmerman

as Major Ebersole

as Lt. Oster

as Captain Moon

as First Technician

as Mrs. Hall

as General Tennyson

as Master Sergeant Sowi...

as First Engineer

as Mr. Robbins

as Bartender

as Blackjack Dealer

as Assistant Casino Man...

as G.H.Q. Corporal

as First Technician

as Schoolboy Actor

as Schoolgirl Actress

as Himself

as Radio Disc Jockey

as Rita Robbins

as Second Technician

as Soldier

as Major Thorn

as Telephone Operator

as 1st Soldier

as First Vegas Woman

as Second Vegas Woman

as Corporal No. 2

as Boxing Trainer

as Craps Dealer

as D.O.D. Dignitary

as Pit Boss

as Valet Parker

as Schoolgirl Actress

as Wally Holbrook

as Sgt. Raquel Barbella
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Critic Reviews for Sgt. Bilko

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Top Critic

[A] celebration of high jinks.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is full of gratifying gags like these, but it also has to strain for newly enlarged scope.

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

Wacky is just the right tone for a spring comedy.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

This Sgt. Bilko should be court-martialed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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