Action / Comedy / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 56422


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Bill Murray as John
Sean Young as Louise
Dennis Quaid as Extra at Graduation Ceremony
873.81 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 46 min
P/S 1 / 42

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jbartelone 6 / 10

Great First Half. But Than, Stripes Loses Comic Punch.

Stripes begins as a fine and very funny military service farce with Bill Murray losing his job, girlfriend, and apartment, all in the same day. He decides, with his good buddy Harold Ramis, that they should both join the Army. Some of the funniest parts of Stripes are in the beginning of the movie with Bill's character trying to do push-ups, exhausted as he is trying to do as little as 5. Ramis cracks, "I think your ready for the Special Olympics!" Harold also shines in a bit-part in teaching English to a class of all foreign students. He finds out that there are only a few in the class that speak any English at all. He asked a student who raises his hand, "You speak some English?" The student answers back "SOB and $hit" and the whole class than repeats it.

The Basic Training sequences are very funny. Warren Oates shines as a tough drill Sergent, and in addition to SCTV alumni Ramis, John Candy joins the fun as likable, lovable "Ox." There are the typical sex gags, simple jokes, visit to a strip bar, that you would expect in this type of movie and Murray, Candy, Ramis, and Oates keep the comedy fun to watch. However, this is probably due more to the talents of these actors, rather than the storyline, which was done a year earlier with Goldie Hawn in another similar Army movie, Private Benjamin. There is nothing new or original about Stripes. Its best parts are in the first hour.

After the graduation from Basic Training, our likable recruits are assigned to man a top secret vehicle on a special assignment in Europe. Here is where this great comedy falls apart, because at this sequence of the movie, all the good parts have already happened, so the viewer has to spend about 40 minutes watching the group operate the machine, having silly one-lines like, "Wow!!! let's see what this thing can do." rescue some of their group who get temporarily captured in Czechoslovakia, and than arrive home to the predictable hero's welcome. The film goes from funny service farce to a bad Robocop sequel. It's almost as if the European mission sequence was needed, because the producers didn't want to end the film at 90 minutes.

I suppose that it was needed for the recruits to do something with their Army training. The problem is that once the team gets to Europe, the things they do aren't funny anymore and the plot wears thin because of this. The first half of Stripes gets a solid 8, the second half (a generous) 4. Therefore, my overall rating of Stripes is a 6.

Reviewed by thesar-2 3 / 10


I'm guessing this movie worked better in 1981, for this is my first time seeing it and I fell asleep twice since yesterday trying to get through it.

Not that it was terrible, though it was terribly long.

It had its funny moments, but not the laugh-out-loud funny Bill Murray I was hoping for.

And I can see which audience this was perfect for and in the early 1980s, it was probably perfect for themÂ…just not in 2015.

(I really didn't have much more to say, but I guess I have to pad this review for this site.)

Reviewed by TownRootGuy 10 / 10

Among the all-time best movies and that's a fact Jack.

This is one of those movies that begs for IMDb to allow us to each have a handful of 11's to use.

It has some action, a little FX, some eye candy, some naked eye candy, some spyglass candy AND it enlists a duffle bag of funny.

Murray, Ramis, Candy and Reitman together equal the second best way a guy can spend a couple of hours. This movie can be watched yearly, or even more frequently, for decades. Before the internet, teenage boys could watch it daily even. Not that I have first hand experience with that. Or any other hand. Really.

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