Biloxi Blues

Rastar Pictures Released 1988




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Mike Nichols

Biloxi Blues is a adaptation of the hit Broadway play by Neil Simon about a young man coming of age during basic training for World War 2. Twenty year old Eugene Morris Jerome gets drafted and sent to boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi. A Brooklyn native, Eugene has never experienced the Deep South but he is determined to survive camp, and more importantly lose his virginity. He quickly comes into conflict with the manic Drill Sergeant Toomey and most live with an odd assortment of characters in the bunk house. Military training becomes an endless ordeal of marching exercises and horrible food. Luckily, there's a fellow New York Jew in the troop, Arnold B. Epstein and a friendly prostitute, Rowena in the nearby town. Then, Eugene meets lovely Daisy, a lovely southern belle that captures his heart.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Biloxi Blues also wants to be a confessional, coming-of-age memoir, but again, it works better around the edges than it does in its central conception.

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    It's little more than an amiable exercise in nostalgia, but it's nicely performed and handsome to look at. [25 Mar 1988, p.C1]

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Film demands more realism than the theater, and Simon's script is very lightweight as are the outdoor additions to the story. Only Christopher Walken takes a chance with his droll ...

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    • Domestic Gross -  $51,684,798 (23rd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $102,615,073

    • Filming locations:
      Fort Chaffee, Arkansas
      Fort Smith, Arkansas
      Van Buren, Arkansas

    • Other production companies:
      Universal Pictures (distributor)

    • Tagline:
      The Army made Eugene a man. But Daisy gave him basic training!

    • Music:
      How High the Moon
      Music by Morgan Lewis
      Lyrics by Nancy Hamilton
      Performed by Pat Suzuki
      Bourbon Street Parade
      Written and Performed by Paul Barbarin
      Fellow on a Furlough
      Written by Bobby Worth
      Performed by Mark Warnow and His Orchestra
      Blue Moon
      Music by Richard Rodgers
      Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
      Performed by Jo Stafford and her V-Disc Playboys
      Written by Irving Berlin
      Performed by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
      Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Edgar De Lange
      Performed by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra
      Brass Boogie
      Written by Phil Moore
      Performed by Bob Crosby and His Orchestra
      Goodbye Dear, I'll Be Back in a Year
      Written by Mack Kay
      Performed by Richard Robertson and His Orchestra
      Chattanooga Choo Choo
      Music by Harry Warren
      Lyrics by Mack Gordon
      Sung by Casey Siemaszko
      Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
      Music by Sam H. Stept
      Lyrics by Charles Tobias and Lew Brown
      Sung by Casey Siemaszko


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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Slapstick