Stripes Film Review
Stripes DVD cover
The army needs you!
- Director: Ivan Reitman
- Producers: David Goldberg/Ivan Reitman
- Running time: 1 hour 46 mins
- Genre: Comedy/War
- Budget: $10,000,000 (approx)
Stripes is a DVD I've had in my collection for a number of years now. As a fan of Bill Murray, I enjoy watching his films, and with him and Harrold Ramis in Ghostbusters, they make for a good choice of partnership for ths film.
The film begins with John Winger in his job as a cab driver. His day gets off to a bad start with a rude and obnoxious passenger. To top it all his car gets stolen, his girlfriend leaves him and he loses his apartment. Then there's his friend Russell Zinskey, a teacher of English to foreign students. When Russell pops round to see his friend, the pair decide to join the army.
Roll on to Fort Arnold, where the pair begin their 13 week basic training, along with a bunch of other men who look like they've got out of bed the wrong side. Sgt Hulka, played by Warren Oates, is in charge of these men. He has his job cut out with this lot, and as we see, it's a long road to getting them shaped into men. John seems to get into quite a lot of trouble with Sgt Hulka and see him doing push-ups as punishment quite a lot.
Although John and Russell seemed to have join the army in a last ditched attempt to sort their lives out, it gave them the boost they really needed - well, John at least. I think Russell went along with John just because he is a friend and wanted to support him. But as the film progresses, we see how the men manage to make it to graduation at the end of their basic training after Sgt Hulka injures himself and the results of this are rather quite amusing.
A clip from the film
Main actors in the film
P. T. Soles
The graduation scene
My views on the film
Now, along with this being a war film, it is also classed as a comedy. There are plenty of comedic moments in the film. Bill Murray is clearly a legend in the acting world (in my opinion!) And he doesn't let you down in this film. The graduation scene is a funny scene. And his relationship with Sgt Hulka is amusing too. They certainly start off very stale towards each other and with John Winger not starting off as the best soldier in the group, this leads to him being in all sorts of trouble with the Sergeant.
Murray and Ramis work well together as a team, and this is clear to see in the film. I've also been a big fan of John Candy and I think he played an excellent role. Watching him in the mud wresting scene was funny to watch too. Now, I've never been in the army, so I've no idea how realistic basic training is in this film. But what I do know is that this is a funny film with plenty of scenes that will have you laughing.
With their trip to Italy and all that went on there, it made for an amusing and comical film to watch. I can't believe this film is over 35 years old now, but I still think it's a watchable film.
There are no DVD extras except for subtitles.