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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 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

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Trivia

Director Mike Nichols directed the Broadway season of the "Streamers" play but Nichols did not direct this feature film adaptation. 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 »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

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Performed by Ellie Greenwich
Written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Kent and Rob Parissi
Courtesy of My Own Publishing, Inc.,
Jent Music and Parissi Music
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GREAT FILM re dramatic consequences of censored communication
20 October 2003 | by jvframeSee all my reviews

There is no other film that deals so confrontingly with homophobia - and with honesty.

It's a deliberately pressured and closed set, but careful editing softens the effect of the confined space. As in Hitchcock's "Rope", the camera never leaves the room, so the viewer feels caged, while the characters can come and go.

The setting is an army barracks in which the men will at any moment be sent overseas for active war duty. The characters have no choice but to negotiate how much they want to know or to accept about eachother.

Long before "don't ask - don't tell" became official US Forces policy, society in general had enforced rigid control over how open any homosexual could be - and Service Personnel have always held the worst reputation for homophobia.

So when Richie flaunts his complete disregard for machismo and swishes around the barracks, he's making one hell of bold statement. He teases Billy mercilessly with come ons, and Billy does his best to call Richie's bluff.

"Streamers" is about the truly dramatic consequences of censored communication. It's a gripping, demanding, powerful and very satisfying film that leaves your head spinning and your heart racing.

You practically need a de-briefing session afterwards, but "Streamers" is certainly one of the most memorable of dramatic movie experiences - on par with "A Clockwork Orange".

The performance by the entire cast is impeccable.


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Country:

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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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1.85 : 1
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