A film based on the second play in Neil Simon
's "Eugene trilogy," Biloxi Blues
is set during the later half of World War II
and follows the story of Eugene Jerome (Matthew Broderick
) as he heads to the film's eponymous town for basic army training. There, he comes face-to-face with the kooky drill sergeant
by the name of Merwin J. Toomey (Christopher Walken
), and tries to get along with other soldiers in his platoon.
This film contains examples of:
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Eugene makes losing his virginity one of the goals of his Army tenure.
- Mistaken for Gay: Epstein, when it turns out to be Hennessey who's gay.
- Physical Fitness Punishment: The entire platoon is made to do two hundred pushups for some soldier's impertinent comment.
- Inverted in the end when Toomey is forced by the other men to undergo the same punishment.
- Potty Emergency: Epstein is forced to do the two hundred pushups while having to pee the entire time.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: At the end of the film, Jerome gives a closing narration about what happened to him and the other members of his platoon.
- World War II: The film is set during the latter half of the Second World War.