Unusually, the entire ensemble cast won a Golden Lion and was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival in 1983.
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The movie's entire cast were male. The cast of director Robert Altman's previous picture, Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), were nearly all women.
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The "Streamers" title is a slang / colloquial military term that refers to paratroopers whose parachutes fail to open.
The original Broadway production of "Streamers" by David Rabe opened at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on 21st April 1976 running for 478 performances until 5th June 1977.
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.
Director Mike Nichols directed the Broadway season of the "Streamers" play but Nichols did not direct this feature film adaptation.
None of the original Broadway cast members reprized their roles in this feature filmed version.
This film was shot in sequence over the course of three weeks.
One of a number of filmed adaptations of plays made by director Robert Altman during the 1980s.
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The film was screened out of the competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1983.
The film's source play was nominated for the 1977 Tony Award for Best Play. But it won both the 1976 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and the 1976 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play.
The film's source David Rabe play "Streamers" is the final third part of Rabe's Vietnam War play trilogy. The first two parts were "Sticks and Bones" (1971) and "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" (1972).
The source play's setting according to it introduction was "An Army barracks in Virginia. 1965".
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David Rabe's original source "Streamers" play was initially just a short one-act play known under the different title of "Knives" and written during the late 1960s before the first two parts of his Vietnam War trilogy of plays were first performed around 1971-72. Rabe expanded the one-act "Knives" play it into the full-length "Streamers" play whilst working as a reporter in New Haven, Connecticut during the mid-1970s.
The film's source "Streamers" play premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in 1975.
First of two consecutive back-to-back military movies for actor David Alan Grier whose next picture would be Norman Jewison's A Soldier's Story (1984).
Approved, 'Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)', certificate no. 27116.
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The name of the military unit in the movie was the 83rd Airborne Division.
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