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Film / Biloxi Blues

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A 1988 film directed by Mike Nichols and adapted from 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:

  • Mistaken for Gay: Epstein, when it turns out to be Hennessy who's gay.
  • Physical Fitness Punishment:
    • The entire platoon is made to do two hundred push-ups 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 push-ups while having to pee the entire time.
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Eugene equates losing his virginity to growing up, and makes it one of his goals.
  • Something Blues: The title.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Epstein. Maybe. The stage show reveals he went missing in action, and no one knows what happened to him, though Eugene holds out hope that he's still alive. The movie makes it clear that he survived the war and is now a lawyer.
  • Quest for Sex: Eugene makes losing his virginity one of the goals of his Army tenure.
  • "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 of Snark: It's a Neil Simon play, so pretty much everyone really.
  • World War II: The film is set during the latter half of the Second World War.


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