This movie is a remake of the hit series which starred, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko. In this movie, Bilko runs the motor pool and has all sorts of scams going on like gambling…
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 5.3/10 (11,441 voted)
Stars: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman
This movie is a remake of the hit series which starred, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko. In this movie, Bilko runs the motor pool and has all sorts of scams going on like gambling, renting out military vehicles, and so on, which are all violations. However, his commanding officer, Colonel Hall overlooks them, cause he is more concerned about his future, cause a lot of bases are being closed, and the inspector, Major Thorn was on the verge of doing that. But when he heard that Bilko was on the base, he turned into a mad dog. It seems that Thorn was a "thorn" in Bilko's side many years ago but through a series of misunderstandings, Thorn was accused of carrying out or being the brains behind one of Bilko's schemes, he would be sent to Greenland and his career has not gone as he hoped it would and now wants revenge on Bilko.
Writers: Nat Hiken, Andy Breckman
Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
Col. John T. Hall
Maj. Colin Thorn
Pfc. Walter T. Holbrook
Spc. Dino Paparelli
Pvt. Duane Doberman
Spc. Tony Morales
John Marshall Jones
Pfc. Sam Fender
Spc. Luis Clemente
Sgt. Raquel Barbella
(as Pamela Segall)
Pfc. Mickey Zimmerman
1st Lt. Oster
Release Date: 29 March 1996
Filming Locations: Sierra Madre, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,110,080
(31 March 1996)
Did You Know?
Bilko's group (Company B) switches the sign on their barracks with the sign on Company A's barracks. One of the names on Company B's sign is Cpt. Hiken. Nat Hiken was the creator of the original
The Phil Silvers Show, on which this movie is based.
Almost every officer and non-commissioned officer in this movie has a CIB (Combat Infantryman Badge) on their uniform. CIB's are awarded to Infantry or Special Forces soldiers who have served in combat. All of the officers in the movie are branched Armor (according to the insignia on their uniforms) and it can be assumed that the enlisted soldiers have Armor or related MOS's (military occupational specialty, Army term for 'job'). I doubt every officer and NCO character was previously branched Infantry or SF and served in combat before switching to Armor.
Pvt. Dino Paparelli:
Bilko's gonna think of something. Remember the time I got that letter from my wife saying that she wanted to break up with me? Huh? Remember what Bilko did?
Pfc. Wally Holbrook:
He got your wife back?
Pvt. Dino Paparelli:
No, he got me another wife! A *better* wife!
Don't look at the votes rating
This is actually a very funny movie, one of Steve's funniest movies – up
there with Father of the Bride.
All the characters, Dan Akroyd, Phil Hartman, even an appearance by Chris
Rock make this an extremely enjoyable movie. The Hover Tank was hands down
the funniest part. Steve is full of laughs in this movie and acts out the
character of Sergeant Bilko superbly.
I have watched this movie at least four times and I was still laughing all
the way through. This is in fact one of my all time favourite
I have never seen the original and perhaps my judgement of this movie is
therefore altered. Yet if you have never seen or even heard of the
and you like Steve's work then you will surely like this. Don't look at
votes rating I'll give this 8/10.