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Streamers (1983)

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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

David Rabe (play), David Rabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Billy
Michael Wright ... Carlyle
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Richie
David Alan Grier ... Roger
Guy Boyd ... Rooney
George Dzundza ... Cokes
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Martin
B.J. Cleveland B.J. Cleveland ... Pfc. Bush
Bill Allen ... Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ... MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward ... MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ... Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)
Todd Savell ... MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert Mark Fickert ... Dr. Banes
Dustye Winniford Dustye Winniford ... Staff Sergeant
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Storyline

Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. Written by Humberto Amador

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Windhunde See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$378,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,452
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's source David Rabe play "Streamers" is the final third part of Rabe's Vietnam War play trilogy. The first two parts were "Sticks and Bones" (1971) and "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" (1972). See more »

Quotes

Carlyle: I just talk bad, I don't do bad.
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Crazy Credits

ON SCREEN: Produced by Joseph Papp Directed by Mike Nichols See more »

Connections

Referenced in Opera (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

What A Guy
Performed by Jackie and The Raindrops (as The Raindrops)
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Courtesy of Hudson Bay Music Co.
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Great director; very good actors; terrible screenplay
17 December 2011 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I agree with some other reviewers that the huge flaw in this movie is the script. Maybe in live theatre this dialog is compelling, but on screen it is just bombastic. The highly formal and eloquent prose is beautiful writing, but it keeps the characters from coming alive. Nobody anywhere talks like these characters.

This could have been a powerful movie about important issues that I happen to care about a lot; it comes across instead as an acting exercise, in which very talented actors carefully read expertly crafted lines. The direction is great, as it is in every Altman movie, but I wish he had not stayed so close to the play. He usually trusted his actors more than the scripts, and not doing so in this movie was a mistake.


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