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FULL SYNOPSIS

Bill Murray decides to be all that he can be -- and it ain't pretty -- in this hit comedy. John Winger (Murray) is a quick-witted but unambitious loser who comes home after getting fired to discover that his car has been repossessed and his girlfriend is leaving him. With no idea of what to do next, John and his best friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis) impulsively join the Army, more as a practical joke than a career goal. John and Russell find themselves in basic training under the hard-nosed and impatient Sgt. Hulka (Warren Oates), who is stuck with an outfit of goofballs, including overweight Ox (John Candy), naive Cruiser (John Deihl), perpetually stoned Elmo (Judge Reinhold), and the appropriately-nicknamed Psycho (Conrad Dunn). The platoon succeeds in impressing the generals spite of themselves, and John and Russell even find time to romance two pretty female MPs, Stella (P.J. Soles) and Louise (Sean Young). However, when John and Russell commandeer a high-tech military vehicle for a European weekend getaway with the girls, they happen into Soviet territory and stumble into an international incident. Remarkably, Stripes was made with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army, despite its less-than-rosy view of the all-volunteer armed forces. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 13, 1981

Cast

Bill Murray
as John Winger
Harold Ramis
as Russell Ziskey
Warren Oates
as Sgt. Hulka
P.J. Soles
as Stella
Sean Young
as Louise
John Candy
as Dewey "Ox" Oxberger
John Larroquette
as Capt. Stillman
John Voldstad
as Stillman's Aide
John Diehl
as Cruiser
Lance Le Gault
as Col. Glass
Conrad Dunn
as Francis "Psycho" Soyer
Judge Reinhold
as Elmo
Antone Pagan
as Hector
Bill Lucking
as Recruiter
Fran Ryan
as Dowager in Cab
Joe Flaherty
as Sgt. Crocker
Dave Thomas
as Emcee
Robert J. Wilke
as Gen. Barnicke
Lois Areno
as Stillman's Girlfriend
Timothy Busfield
as Mortar Soldier
Gino Gottarelli
as Russian Officer
Gene Scherer
as Russian Officer
Susan Mechsner
as Mud Wrestler
Sue Bowser
as Mud Wrestler
Craig Schaefer
as Soldier Outside Motor Pool
Pamela Bowman
as Cruiser's Girl
Bill Paxton
as Soldier
Michael Flynn
as Soldier
Nick Toth
as Border Guard
Samuel Briggs
as Corporal
Solomon Schmidt
as Store Owner
Dawn Clark
as Mud Wrestler
Juanita Merritt
as Mud Wrestler
Linda Dupree
as Mud Wrestler
Leslie Henderson
as Mud Wrestler
Arkady Rakhman
as Immigrant
Yetim Buntsis
as Russian Soldier
Semyon Veyts
as Russian Soldier
Larry Gillette
as Russian Soldier
Dale Prince
as Russian Soldier
Norman Mont-Eton
as Policeman
Jeff Viola
as Policeman
Nancy Brock
as Actor
Bill Paxton
as Soldier
Solomon Schmidt
as Store Owner
Samuel Briggs
as Corporal
Michael Flynn
as Soldier
Gene Scherer
as Russian Officer
Sue Bowser
as Mud Wrestler
Semyon Veyts
as Russian Soldier
Susan Mechsner
as Mud Wrestler
Arkady Rakhman
as Immigrant
Pamela Bowman
as Cruiser's Girl
Leslie Henderson
as Mud Wrestler
Craig Schaefer
as Soldier Outside Motor Pool
Dawn Clark
as Mud Wrestler
Jeff Viola
as Policeman
Robert J. Wilke
as Gen. Barnicke
Norman Mont-Eton
as Policeman
Dave Thomas
as Emcee
Linda Dupree
as Mud Wrestler
Gino Gottarelli
as Russian Officer
Joe Flaherty
as Sgt. Crocker
Lois Areno
as Stillman's Girlfriend
Dale Prince
as Russian Soldier
Juanita Merritt
as Mud Wrestler
Yetim Buntsis
as Russian Soldier
Larry Gillette
as Russian Soldier
Timothy Busfield
as Mortar Soldier
Nick Toth
as Border Guard

Crew

Ivan Reitman
Director
Ivan Reitman
Producer
Daniel Goldberg
Producer
Daniel Goldberg
Screenwriter
Harold Ramis
Screenwriter
Len Blum
Screenwriter
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Luciano
Editor
Eva Ruggiero
Editor
Harry Keller
Editor
James Spencer
Production Designer
Joe Medjuck
Associate Producer
Carl Biddiscombe
Set Designer
Richard Bruno
Costume Designer
John Cade
Stunts
Ronn Forella
Choreography
Arthur Goldweit
Choreography
Karen Rea
Casting
Russell Saunders
Production Manager
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