Sgt. Bilko

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Universal Pictures Released 1996

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Sgt. Bilko

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Director:
Jonathan Lynn
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG

Sgt. Bilko is a comedy film released in 1996 and is based on the Phil Silvers Show from the 1950s. Sgt. Bilko (Steve Martin) is a high ranking official at U.S. Army base Fort Baxter who uses his position to run gambling scams. He usually gets away with it, as his commanding officer Colonel Hall (Dan Akroyd) is rarely concerned with busting Bilko. Trouble starts when Inspector Major Thorn (Phil Hartman) arrives to settle a score and to prove Bilko is not worthy of his post. While trying to outsmart Thorn, Bilko has to win back his fiance Rita Robbins (Glenn Headly) who has given him 30 days to prove that he he loves her and is serious about their relationship. Bilko's men are given the task of getting an experimental hovercraft operational, but Thorn plans on sabotaging the demonstration. Through a series of confusing cons and silly scams, Bilko has to stop Thorn from ruining his career and win back Rita's hand.

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Steve Martin is good at that aspect of the Bilko persona, and good, too, at suggesting that there's not a mean bone in the sergeant's body.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Stack

    Sgt. Bilko's attempts at loose-cannon nuttiness sometimes go astray, but under Jonathan Lynn's direction, the film manages to keep a lively balance between the dumbed-down antics o...

  • 38

    Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea

    Sgt. Bilko, from the late, great Phil Silvers sitcom about an incorrigible con artist scamming the daylights out of the U.S. Army, has been turned into a not-very-funny film vehicl...

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Chris Rock

Chris Rock

1st Lt. Oster

Steve Martin (I)

Steve Martin (I)

Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd

Col. John T. Hall

Austin Pendleton

Austin Pendleton

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Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Maj. Colin Thorn

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Comedy

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Slapstick, 90s