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Soldier in the Rain (1963)

The bond of friendship between a worldly-wise Army Master Sergeant and his naive worshiper.

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Ralph Nelson

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Maurice Richlin (screenplay), Blake Edwards (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter
Steve McQueen ... Sgt. Eustis Clay
Tuesday Weld ... Bobby Jo Pepperdine
Tony Bill ... Pfc. Jerry Meltzer
Tom Poston ... Lt. Magee
Ed Nelson ... MP Sgt. James Priest
Lew Gallo ... Sgt. Fred Lenahan
Rockne Tarkington ... Sgt. William Booth
Paul Hartman ... Chief of Police
John Hubbard ... Battalion Major
Chris Noel ... Frances McCoy
Sam Flint ... Old Man
Lewis Charles ... Sgt. Tozzi
Adam West ... Inspecting Captain
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Storyline

Sentemental military comedy revolves around two contemporary army buddies, Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter (Jackie Gleason), a smooth operator, who supply Sergeant Eustis Clay (Steve McQueen) idolizes and hopes will join him as a civilian in a private business enterprise. Clay endeavors to be a player in the military, just like Slaughter, but it seems as though Clay still has a lot to learn from his mentor. They are joined by Tuesday Weld as a shrill dizzy blonde teenager named Bobby Jo Pepperdine and Tony Bill as bumbling Private First Class Jerry Meltzer, McQueen's screwball sidekick. Written by alfiehitchie

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'The Great Escape' guy as Supply Sgt. Clay - he has a supply of everything! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Compañeros de armas y puñetazos See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Ord, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The camera Clay uses for the "pin-up" contest is a Polaroid Land Camera Model J66. It uses Type 47 black and white roll film and was manufactured between 1961 and 1963. Retail price was $89.50 (or about $700 in 2016). See more »

Goofs

As mentioned above in another goof note, Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter may be a combat veteran of two wars. Unless he rose up in ranks within 10 years (this movie is copy-write 1963,) his ribbons and awards on his chest do not reflect the two Korean awards he should be wearing. The Korean War Medal for serving within Korea. And/or Korean War Service Medal for serving anywhere during the conflict dates.Additionally, he should also be awarded The United Nations Service Medal for Korea (UNKM). See more »

Quotes

Slaughter: After Clay slices his golf ball onto the green by standing at right angles to the green on Slaughter's instructions after slicing every ball he hits, the balls rolls onto the green and bumps into Slaughter's ball which is already there, and comes to rest against it with a dinging sound effect like when a cash register drawer is opened: Hoooo-weee!
Clay: What did I do right?
Frances McCoy: Oh, they're both together!
Slaughter: It's the mating season.
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Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
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lyrics by Septimus Winner (aka Alice Hawthorne)
music by Richard Milburn
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Brilliant and Underappreciated
9 April 2001 | by chief8658See all my reviews

This film is a comedy, drama, buddy movie, love story, tear jerker and coming of age film, all rolled very nicely into one very entertaining film. Gleason usually the comic, is brilliant as Maxwell Slaughter, demonstrating his underappreciated dramatic talents. McQueen, in a rare comedic role, shines also. As a pair, they truly can "rule the world". I give it 10 stars out of 10. A classic, and one of the best films no one ever heard of.


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