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Stripes (1981)

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Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stillman's Aide
Lance LeGault ...
Roberta Leighton ...
Glenn-Michael Jones ...


Thanks to a run of bad luck and go-nowhere jobs, John convinces Russell to join the army so they can get in shape, likening it to a health spa. Once in boot camp, wiseguy John tangles with his by-the-book Sgt. and becomes the unofficial leader for his platoon, made up mostly of other misfits and assorted losers. After somehow making it through graduation, they are given a special assignment but, thanks to John's romantic interest in a pretty MPO, the other men wind up behind the Iron Curtain until John, Russell, their dates and Sgt. Hulka make a daring rescue attempt in explosive style. Written by Warlock <asstgpa@crimjust.ccj.scarolina.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls


Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheech and Chong Join the Army  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$85,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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You can't go. All the plants are gonna die.
29 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

He quit his job and lost his girlfriend. before Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers, he was just a wacky pain-in-the-ass recruit that gave Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates) nightmares. When it comes to comedy Bill Murray is a winner hands down.

Add in John Candy; John Larroquette as the peeping Capt. Stillman; Judge Reinhold; Harold Ramis; the quick peep at Roberta Leighton; and the hot Lois Hamilton and you have a military comedy of errors that will keep you in stitches.

Of course there is a lot of beautiful scenery in this film in the showers and in the mud pit.

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