Biloxi Blues

Synopsis: New York City teenager Eugene Jerome starts military service thoughtfully yet patriotically prepared to take part in World War II. At boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi, he faces the brutally opposed views of other recruits, which he must live with. Still they must bind, if not bond, facing the sadistic drill sergeant during their physically ruthless and mentally abusive training, which is heading for tragedy. Meanwhile, their boyish minds wander often to sexual frustrations, from obsession with potency (and escaping virginity) to prejudice against gays. Armed only with his sense of humor, Eugene is determined to leave camp with everything he came with.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Nichols
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Somewhere there's music

How faint the tune

Somewhere there's heaven

How high the moon

There is no moon above

When love

is far away, too

Till it comes true

That you love me

As I love you

Somewhere there's music

It's where you are

Somewhere there's heaven

How near, how far

The darkest night

will shine

If you would come

to me soon

Until you will

How still my heart

How high the moon

How high...

Man's voice:

I don't think much about the big war anymore,

the one they call

The Second One,

because the small wars

that came after it

seem a lot bigger now

than the big war was.

Most people today

look back at the big one

with sort of fond memories.

It was, in a sense,

an okay war.

We knew why we were fighting

it and we felt pretty proud

of ourselves

for being in it.

We liked the songs.

We liked the uniforms.

We liked the girls and liked

that everyone liked us.

So, looking back,

it really was one of your better wars.

Except if you were just a kid,

a year out of high school,

heading south in a troop train,

knowing that in two months

you'd be in some mud hole

fighting for your life.

We were in

a filthy train

heading for basic training

in Biloxi, Mississippi.

And on the entire trip

in the train, nobody washed.

We were getting ready

to fight Germany and Japan,

but instead we were

stinking up America.

Hey, what the hell's

with you?

You talkin' to me,

garbage face?

Yeah, I'm talkin'

to you, pisshead!

Who are you callin'

pisshead, jerkoff?

Knock it off,

sh*t brains.

Up your keister

with a meat hook, Wykowski.

It was my fifth day in the Army

and so far I hated everyone.

Where the hell

are we, anyway?

Hey, Shakespeare,

where the hell are we?

West Virginia.

No sh*t.

Where is that near?

You don't know where

West Virginia is?

Didn't you ever

take geography?

I was sick that day.

Hey! Hey,

what's for chow?

Turkey breasts

and white wine.

In a pig's ass.

Right, that's how

they serve it.

You better eat, guys, 'cause it ain't

gonna be this good in Mississippi.

Joseph Wykowski,

from Bridgeport, Connecticut,

had the stomach of a goat...

he could eat anything.

His favorite was Hershey bars

with the wrappers still on them.

Arnold Epstein,

an intellectual from New York,

was my only hope

for intelligent conversation.

Hey, Arnold, if I wanted

to become a writer,

who do you recommend I read?

The entire third floor of

the New York Public Library.

Hey, Epstein,

you wanna read somethin', huh?

Read this!

It was hard to believe

that these guys had

mothers and fathers who were

worried about them.

Pardon me, boy,

is that the Chattanooga choo-choo?

Track 29

Boy, you can

give me a shine

Can you afford

to board...

Shut him up!


The Chattanooga Choo Choo?

I've got my fare

Wake him up,

for Christ sakes.

Just a...

what the hell is wrong with you?!

It's 2:
30 in the goddamn morning

and you were singin' again.

I was not.

You was not?

You practically made a record.

What was I singin?

Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Chattanooga Choo Choo?

I don't even know

Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Whoa, Goddamn it!


Somebody let go!

Hey, was it you, Carney?

No, I was singin'.

I'm not gonna do that when I'm singin'.

Maybe you sang

to cover it up.

Hey, Jerome, write this in your diary...

"Major fart in West Virginia."

Wait a minute...

it's coming from up there.

Hey, Bombardier,

kill Germans, not Gls.

Oh, brother.

I'm sorry,

I'm not feeling very well.

Yeah, well, now we're all

not feeling very well.

Does anyone have

an Alka-Seltzer tablet?

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Neil Simon

Marvin Neil Simon (born July 4, 1927) credited as Neil Simon, is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He wrote more than 30 plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.Simon grew up in New York City during the Great Depression, with his parents' financial hardships affecting their marriage, giving him a mostly unhappy and unstable childhood. He often took refuge in movie theaters where he enjoyed watching the early comedians like Charlie Chaplin. After a few years in the Army Air Force Reserve, and after graduating from high school, he began writing comedy scripts for radio and some popular early television shows. Among them were Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows from 1950 (where he worked alongside other young writers including Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks and Selma Diamond), and The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959. He began writing his own plays beginning with Come Blow Your Horn (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, Barefoot in the Park (1963) and The Odd Couple (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and "the hottest new playwright on Broadway." During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy. Overall, he has garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. more…

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