Stripes Review

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Thanks to a run of bad luck and go-nowhere jobs, John convinces Russell to join the army so they can get in shape Once in boot camp, wiseguy John tangles with his by-the-book Sgt. and becomes the unofficial leader for his platoon, made up of other misfits and assorted losers.


Long before Murray, Reitman and Ramis teamed up for Ghostbusters in 1984, they scored big with this often hilarious spoof of military life. Murray is cast as John Winger, a slob who, on a whim, decides to sign up and help Uncle Sam, while Ramis is the wimpy friend Russel Zinsky coerced into entering the army with him. A surprise success at the time, this fantastic stepping stone for the cast introduced Saturday Night Live star Murray and his don’t-give-a-damn attitude to the big screen. Watch out also for Sean Young in a small role as a female MP.

Murray's initial transition from the small screen is a classic.