History Film / Stripes

10th Aug '17 1:50:11 AM TomWalpertac2
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* TanksButNoTanks: The movie presents us with a scene set behind the IronCurtain, in which a "Russian" tank menaces some of the heroes. It is clearly an M48/M60 series tank with a few visual mods tacked on.
27th Jul '17 3:46:08 PM Premonition45
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* OpenSaysMe: Subverted then hilariously played straight - John and Russell try to rescue their captured unit from a cell by blowing up the locked door with a bomb, which fails. Then [[TheBigGuy John Candy's character]] Ox (who's inside the cell among the prisoners) decides to run screaming at the door, and smashes it open.
** Actually, Ox was charging at the whining Stillman, [[NeverMyFault who was blaming them for the predicament they were now in]], but who had the good sense to get out of the way of a charging 300-lb avalanche.

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* OpenSaysMe: Subverted then hilariously played straight - DoubleSubverted. John and Russell try to rescue their captured unit from a cell by blowing up the locked door with a bomb, which fails. Then [[TheBigGuy John Candy's character]] Ox (who's inside the cell among the prisoners) decides to run screaming at the door, and smashes it open.
** Actually, Ox was charging at the whining Stillman, [[NeverMyFault who was blaming them for the predicament they were now in]], but who had the good sense to get out of the way of a charging 300-lb avalanche.
7th Jul '17 9:07:54 PM Premonition45
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* [[CaliforniaDoubling Kentucky Doubling]]: Pretty much the entire movie was filmed in and around Louisville, with Fort Knox portraying the Army base and a disused Jim Beam distillery playing the Czech Red Army outpost.
** Very, very discreetly hinted at in the recruiting scene; the storefront the boys "park" in front of was Morguelan Walsh, a Louisville-based wholesale drug company.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Besides the UsefulNotes/ColdWar setting, John and Russell are asked by an army recruiter whether either of them are homosexual, which points itself to pre-1994, before "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" first allowed LGBT people to serve in the military.
** Even more HilariousInHindsight, since they are "willing to learn."
12th May '17 11:46:10 AM morane
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John Winger (Murray) is a slacker who convinces his friend Russell Ziskey (Ramis) to join the U.S. Army. The two of them have a miserable time in basic training, but eventually their drill sergeant (Oates) gets injured in a training exercise and they have to finish the training on their own. The night before graduation day they stay up all night, show up late for the parade, and put on one hell of a show for the generals. In the end, they are assigned to guard the new EM-50 urban assault vehicle in Italy.

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John Winger (Murray) is a slacker who convinces his friend Russell Ziskey (Ramis) to join the U.S. Army. The two of them have a miserable time in basic training, but eventually their drill sergeant Lee Hulka (Oates) gets injured in a training exercise and they have to finish the training on their own. The night before graduation day they stay up all night, show up late for the parade, and put on one hell of a show for the generals. In the end, they are assigned to guard the new EM-50 urban assault vehicle in Italy.



* ReasonableAuthorityfigure: Sgt. Hulka. He ''genuinely'' cares of his subordinates.

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* ReasonableAuthorityfigure: ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sgt. Hulka. He ''genuinely'' cares of his subordinates.
12th May '17 11:40:27 AM morane
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* AFatherToHisMen: Sergeant Hulka.


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* ReasonableAuthorityfigure: Sgt. Hulka. He ''genuinely'' cares of his subordinates.


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* TheNeidermeyer: Captain Stillman.
1st Apr '17 5:36:44 PM kyeo
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* UnrevealAngle: We don't get to see exactly ''what'' John is doing to Stella with the ice cream scooper.
25th Mar '17 1:55:23 PM Premonition45
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* AskAStupidQuestion: After Hulka gets injured from the stray mortar, Ox asks him "Sergeant, does this mean we're through for the day?". Hulka immediately starts strangling Ox.
7th Nov '16 8:34:57 AM Premonition45
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* {{Badass}}: Sergeant Hulka isn't just a DrillSergeantNasty - during the climax of the film he also proves himself to be a legitimate badass when he sneaks behind the Iron Curtain to recover the EM-50.
14th Oct '16 2:17:05 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* SoundOff: A hilarious version, where the platoon uses the song "Doo Wah Diddy" as a jody call.

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* SoundOff: A hilarious version, where the platoon uses the song "Doo Wah Diddy" as a jody call. ironically, it works rather well; Not only the right rhythm to it, it even has a call-and-response section... (Reportedly, some armed forces units are ''[[{{Defictionalization}} actually using this song as a jody now]]'', because of the use in this film and how surprisingly well it worked.)
4th Oct '16 2:29:57 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReCut: The Director's Cut DVD adds 18 minutes to the film.
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