Streamers (1983)

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Based on the virulently antimilitary play by David Rabe, Streamers is set in a basic-training barracks. Matthew Modine is among the raw recruits who alternate between strutting around like bantam cocks to snivelling like frightened children. To test one another's manhood, the recruits indulge in violent physical and verbal game playing. Special attention is given those whose skin color or outlook on life is at odds with the "standards" of the group.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
United Artists

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Cast

Michael Wright
as Carlyle
Guy Boyd
as Rooney
B.J. Cleveland
as Pfc. Bush
Bill Allen
as Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar
as MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward
as MP Sgt. Kilick
Todd Savell
as MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert
as Dr. Banes
Dustye Winniford
as Staff Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Streamers

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | June 29, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance.

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

Sure it's searing and intense, but so is a microwave oven.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

M*A*S*H* stripped from its wise-guy veneer

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
CinePassion

... a different kind of filmed theater that combines the intimacy of the original play with a cinematic expressiveness.

Full Review… | January 18, 2010
Seanax.com

Audience Reviews for Streamers

An intense and well written drama that deals with matters like racism, homophobia, self-acceptance and the dehumanizing side of war, relying on a revealing dialogue and with strong performances by the entire ensemble cast, especially Michael Wright and George Dzundza.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The string of films Robert Altman made during the 1980s ("Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," "Secret Honor," "Fool for Love," "Beyond Therapy") were all adaptations of stage plays. Altman attempted to blur the line between stage and screen by sticking almost exactly to the staging, sets, dialogue and structure of the plays. Of course, he brought his filmic sensibilities to each picture, always emphasizing the aspects Altman deemed most important. While none of the films are particularly successful, it's still a worthy experiment. As for "Streamers," it's a difficult film. Unfortunately, it's not difficult because of the subject matter (the Vietnam War, homosexuality, racism) but because the actors over act, the film feels stagey and claustrophobic, and there just ins't anything to truly hold your attention. While it's one of Altman's more complex (failed) experiments it's also a very uncomfortable 2 hours (and not in the good way "3 Women" or "Images" is).

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

I really didn't know what to think of the film. Other than the fact that it is a very effective drama. However, it was all over the place and I got dizzy trying to keep up with all the different plots. The acting was good but sadly this is not one of Robert Altman's best movies.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

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