Stripes

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

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Hard-luck cabbie John Winger (Bill Murray) -- directionless after being fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend -- enlists in the U.S. Army with his close pal, Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis). After his barely satisfactory performance in basic training, the irreverent Winger emerges as the figurehead for a ragtag band of Army misfits. However, his hijinks threaten to cause an international scandal when he inadvertently commandeers a military assault vehicle behind enemy lines.

Cast & Crew

Bill Murray
John Winger
Harold Ramis
Russell Ziskey
Warren Oates
Sgt. Hulka
John Candy
Dewey "Ox"'Oxburger
John Larroquette
Capt. Stillman
Timothy Busfield
Soldier with mortar
Elmer Bernstein
Original Music
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Harry Keller
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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.

    December 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.

    October 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.

    April 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.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    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.

    October 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.

    August 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. Directed by Ivan Reitman, this ‘80s screwball comedy follows a group of misfits that must come together as a unit in order to pass basic training. In addition to Murray, the film has a great supporting cast that includes Harold Ramis, John Candy, John Larroquette, and Judge Reinhold. However, the film's ‘80s R-rated comedy style is a little problematic with its gratuity and sexcapades that seem forced into the story. Yet despite a few weaknesses, Stripes holds up as a fun and entertaining 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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