Stripes | Chicago Reader


Rated R 106 minutes 1981

Bill Murray is the star of this pleasant 1981 comedy, but the late-60s values he incarnates (skepticism, spontaneity, antiauthoritarianism) are seriously out of step with the values of director Ivan Reitman, who prefers conformity, loyalty, and even something a little like patriotism. As a result the second banana of this service comedy, the affable Harold Ramis, becomes its genuine dramatic center: his struggles to keep his buddy Bill in line have a strange urgency and poignance. The balance of the film consists of time-tested commercial material, most of which is still working fine. With Warren Oates, John Candy, and not enough of P.J. Soles.

Film Credits

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writer: Len Blum

Producer: Daniel Goldberg

Cast: Bill Murray, John Candy, John Larroquette, Harold Ramis and Warren Oates

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