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A raucous military comedy that features Bill Murray and his merry cohorts approaching the peak of their talents.



Total Count: 36


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A charming, self-elected leader winds up commanding an outfit of misfits.


Harold Ramis
as Russell Ziskey
Warren Oates
as Sgt. Hulka
P.J. Soles
as Stella
Sean Young
as Louise
John Larroquette
as Capt. Stillman
John Diehl
as Cruiser
Lance Le Gault
as Col. Glass
William Lucking
as Recruiter
Fran Ryan
as Dowager
Nick Toth
as Guard
Robin Klein
as Cheerleader
Dave Thomas
as Master of Ceremonies
Robert Klein
as Cheerleader
Robert J. Wilke
as Gen. Barnicke
Bob Wilke
as Gen. Barnicke
Lois Areno
as Stillman's Girl Friend
Samuel Briggs
as Corporal
Joseph X. Flaherty
as Sgt. Crocker
Hershel B. Harlson
as Shoeshine Man
Timothy Busfield
as Soldier with Mortar
Solomon Schmidt
as Store Owner
Craig Schaefer
as Soldier Outside Motor Pool
Arkady Rakhman
as Immigrant
Pamela Bowman
as Cruiser's Girl
Gino Gottarelli
as Russian Officer
Gene Scherer
as Russian Officer
Dawn Clark
as Mud Wrestler
Juanita Merritt
as Mud Wrestler
Susan Mechsner
as Mud Wrestler
Sue Bowser
as Mud Wrestler
Linda Dupree
as Mud Wrestler
Leslie Henderson
as Mud Wrestler
Gerald J. Counts
as Russian Soldier
Yetim Buntsis
as Russian Soldier
Semyon Veyts
as Russian Soldier
Larry R. Gillette
as Russian Soldier
Larry Gillette
as Russian Soldier
Glen Leigh Marshall
as Russian Soldier
Dale Prince
as Russian Soldier
Bill Paxton
as Soldier
Jeff Viola
as Policeman
Robert Dulaine
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Stripes

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (5)

  • The premise and star remain out of whack until the rambling, diffuse screenplay finally struggles beyond basic training.

    Dec 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Stripes will keep potential felons off the streets for two hours. Few people seem to be asking, these days, that movies do more.

    Oct 5, 2008 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine.

    Apr 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [Reitmam] manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.

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

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Stripes

  • Mar 01, 2012
    "There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us..." Stripes is a classic Bill Murray film that showcases his irreverent humor and brilliant comedic talent. Ivan Reitman directs this '80s screwball comedy about a group of misfits that must come together as a unit in order to pass basic training. In addition to Bill Murray, the comedic talents of Harold Ramis, John Candy, John Larroquette, and Judge Reinhold round out the supporting cast. One problematic issue with this film is its 80s R rated comedy style, which includes some gratuity and sexcapades that seem forced into the story. But for the most part, Stripes hold up as a strong comedic film and a fun romp.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    Murray's best early film performance is still a very entertaining watch.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2011
    This movie was quite a lot of fun. It's Bill Murray being pretty great for about 100 minutes. The movie does sort of peak at the graduation ceremony, before they go to Italy. It becomes goofier than it had been previously, but it's still an immensely entertaining movie. That's all I have to say quite frankly. It's streaming on Netflix, so you can't really go wrong with this movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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