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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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Windhunde See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$378,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$378,452
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Approved, 'Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)', certificate no. 27116. See more »

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Richie: [to Billy and Roger] You're going to a whorehouse? That's disgusting.
Billy: Look who's talking!
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Decent, Sparse Film
8 July 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Four young soldiers waiting to be shipped to Viet Nam deal with racial tension and their own intolerance when one soldier (Mitchell Lichtenstein) reveals he is gay.

The film debut of David Alan Grier, who has become a bit of a comedy mainstay. Robert Altman, how do you find and cast such talented young actors?

Vincent Canby wrote that the film "goes partway toward realizing the full effect of a stage play as a film, then botches the job by the overabundant use of film techniques, which dismember what should be an ensemble performance." Canby's issue is that the use of close-ups take away the feeling of watching the full performance, where even the non-speaking actors are in view of the audience.

While Canby may be coming down a bit harsh (do movie viewers want the theater experience?), it is worth noting that Altman followed up this film with "Secret Honor", which very much focuses on the actor. In fact, there is not much else to focus on, making it one of the most sparse films ever made.


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