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Biloxi Blues

4

A Second World War boot-camp tale

All three parts of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical ‘Eugene trilogy’ ended up being filmed. Yet this second instalment is the only adap that can be called cinematic:

Mike Nichols lends a nostalgic glow and comic brio to this boot-camp tale that was not so apparent in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) or TV movie Broadway Bound (1992).

Matthew Broderick wryly channels Ferris Bueller as Neil’s wise-cracking alter-ego and Christopher Walken offers a pleasingly off-kilter take on the drill-sergeant archetype.

Keep ’em peeled for David Schwimmer making his movie debut.

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