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Sgt. Bilko is ridiculous, yet entertaining. Despite the absurd story and cheesy acting, there are some pretty funny jokes in this movie. No, it's not Steve Martin's, Dan Aykroyd's or Phil Hartman's best work, but it's fun to see them play off of each other. This isn't a bad movie, it's just not a great movie.
Despite the odd giggle and Martin's charisma in the titular role, Jonathan Lynn's take on the famous TV show lacks any real laughs, most of them dull sight gags or witless wordplay that lack charm, coupled with a completely wasted and bored Dan Aykroyd as Bilko's superior, and a lackluster attempt to give Bilko humanity with a running subplot about his botched attempts at getting married to a school teacher that comes off as hollow and contrived (not helped by Bilko's constant womanising).
Sgt. Bilko stars Steve Martin with Dan Aykroyd and Phil Hartman as soldiers in the US Army. Martin is fun loving, corrupt, and unreliable Bilko whereas Aykroyd is his superior and Hartman is an old enemy who returns and tries to avenge himself against Bilko.
There are comedic moments but largely the film isn't very interesting and there are musical moments throughout the film featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan and Glenn Frey among others. 5/10
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.
Never seen the tv show but I've been watching this over and over since I was a kid. And I never get tired of it! Cunning, smart and full of mischiefs! Such an amazing script that you'll find laughs at every corner of the film. Martin was wonderful and that gay salute is just stuck in my head forever!
I have no idea why Martin accepts roles playing characters who are iconically and irreplaceably connected with the original performer... And yet I enjoyed Bilko, I had no reason to. The story was good enough to support the characters and really Bilko need not have been used at all and it would have worked the same. Not bad, not great, just average.