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Streamers (1983)

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.

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Billy
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Carlyle
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Richie
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Roger
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Rooney
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Cokes
Albert Macklin ...
Martin
B.J. Cleveland ...
Pfc. Bush
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Lt. Townsend
Paul Lazar ...
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Phil Ward ...
MP Sgt. Kilick
James Terry McIlvain ...
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MP Sgt. Savio
Mark Fickert ...
Dustye Winniford ...
Staff Sergeant
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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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4 April 1984 (France)  »

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Director Mike Nichols directed the Broadway season of the "Streamers" play but Nichols did not direct this feature film adaptation. See more »

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Carlyle: Y'know, if they send me over to that Vietnam, I'll be cool. 'Cause I been dodging bullets and shit, man, ever since I was old enough to get on pussy and make it happy to know me.
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ON SCREEN: The World Premiere of STREAMERS was presented at The Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut. See more »

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Decent, Sparse Film
8 July 2014 | by (United States) – See 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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