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Ivan Reitman
Len Blum, Daniel Goldberg, Harold Ramis
Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis
Columbia Pictures
1h 46min
Comedy, War
English, Russian, Polish
Not Available
u.s. soldier,u.s. army,misfit,incompetence,female frontal nudity
Film ThreatNo Title

Bill Murray is as funny here as anyone has ever been funny and I can’t see anyone else getting away with half the things he says here much less have them sound so cool and inspired.

Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

Stripes is an anarchic slob movie, a celebration of all that is irreverent, reckless, foolhardy, undisciplined, and occasionally scatological. It's a lot of fun.

EmpireWilliam Thomas

Murray's initial transition from the small screen is a classic.

Chicago TribuneGene Siskel

TV Guide MagazineNo Title

Though it's occasionally tasteless and eventually crumbles, STRIPES is an often hilarious film that provided Bill Murray with a perfect opportunity in which to display his comedic skills.

The New York TimesJanet Maslin

The chief thing it counts on is a built-in appreciation of the Murray sense of humor, which is growing ever more refined as Mr. Murray proceeds with his movie career. Mr. Murray hasn't yet reached the point at which his routines can be sustained for more than 10 minutes at a time. But he has achieved a sardonically exaggerated calm that can be very entertaining.

Time Out LondonNo Title

Reitman, who also originated Animal House and Meatballs, manages a reasonable success rate at pulling off the numerous verbal and sight gags with which the script is peppered.

Chicago ReaderDave Kehr

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.

Washington PostGary Arnold

The premise and star remain out of whack until the rambling, diffuse screenplay finally struggles beyond basic training.

Unknown SourceTime

Private Benjamin, meet Meatballs. Bill Murray of Saturday Night Live, meet Harold Ramis, John Candy, Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas of SCTV. Psycho from Taxi Driver, meet martial music from 1941. Tired moviegoer, meet tired moviemakers.