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Streamers (1983)

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Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier reveals he's gay.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

David Rabe (play), David Rabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Billy
Michael Wright ... Carlyle
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Richie
David Alan Grier ... Roger
Guy Boyd ... Rooney
George Dzundza ... Cokes
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Martin
B.J. Cleveland B.J. Cleveland ... Pfc. Bush
Bill Allen ... Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ... MP Lieutenant
Phil Ward ... MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ... Orderly (as Terry McIlvain)
Todd Savell ... MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert Mark Fickert ... Dr. Banes
Dustye Winniford Dustye Winniford ... Staff Sergeant
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Four young recruits about to be sent to Vietnam confront their prejudicial feelings toward one another when it's learned one of them is homosexual. Written by Humberto Amador

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Crime | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

The film was made and released about eight years after its source stage-play of the same name by David Rabe had been first performed in 1975. Rabe also wrote the screenplay for the film. See more »

Quotes

Richie: [to Billy and Roger] You're going to a whorehouse? That's disgusting.
Billy: Look who's talking!
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Crazy Credits

ON SCREEN: First New York Production by 'New York Shakespeare Festival' (as The New York Shakespeare Festival) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beautiful Streamers: A Look Back with the Cast (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

What A Guy
Performed by Jackie and The Raindrops (as The Raindrops)
Written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Courtesy of Hudson Bay Music Co.
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User Reviews

 
Another mess by Altman
26 May 2001 | by Havan_IronOakSee all my reviews

Perhaps it shows my ignorance but I like movies that tell a story with some kind of point and a credible story line. This picture had several great ideas but they were so poorly strung together that the movie did nothing but get more and more annoying. The characters were unbelievable, their actions made no sense and they reacted in bizarre ways. Some examples... Two drunken sergeants playing hide and seek in the rain, a soldier claiming to be queer and the other soldiers not believing him, one soldier stabbed by another and the onlookers too busy talking to get help for an exceedingly long time.

I would most definately not recommend this film. Except to film makers as an example of how NOT to tell a story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Windhunde See more »

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Gross USA:

$378,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,452
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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