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Sgt Bilko [DVD] [1996]

Steve Martin , Dan Aykroyd , Jonathan Lynn    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Glenne Headly, Daryl Mitchell
  • Directors: Jonathan Lynn
  • Writers: Andy Breckman, Nat Hiken
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Mary McLaglen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5T9C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,352 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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There is an enclave of the US military base Fort Baxter that is forever Las Vegas, with Sgt. Ernie Bilko (Steve Martin) presiding over a ragbag troop of soldiers more adept at loading dice than guns. The hardline Major Thorn (Phil Hartman) has had run-ins with Bilko before, and when he takes charge of the camp he is determined to put an end to the inveterate gambler's extra-curricular scams.

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Sgt. Bilko [Region 2]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By bernie VINE VOICE
This film has the feel of the TV show and the personality of today's (1996) actors. And who better to select a Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko than Steve Martin. I just don't know why then military did not want to participate in the making of this movie!

Fort Baxter on the surface looks like it is being run by Colonel John T. Hall. Yet in reality the Fort is actually being controlled by Sgt. Bilko. Sgt. Bill code is a schemer and always has some sort of racket going. His crew takes part in his nefarious goings-on. However Major Colin Thorn (Phil Hartman) is on to build those little schemes and determined to expose them. The big showdown comes with a demonstration of the Hover Tank. Can major Thorn exposed Bill co-and also show that Colonel John T. Hall is just his puppet?

Meanwhile in his scheming Sgt. Bilko almost marries (several times) Rita Robbins (Glenn Headley) his sometimes co-conspirator. Will she ever be able to corner him?

The movie is fun to watch over and over as you feel like you want to kibitz each time.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ~ Steve Martin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Writers Nat Hiken (who wrote the original television series) and Andy Breckman tried to recreate to long running and original success of the television series starring Phil Silvers which ran on CBS from 1955 to 1959 for 142 episodes, a real product of its time against the backdrop of the Cold War. Directed by Jonathan Lynn, it is an enjoyable film with lots of laughs but it does not quite come off; the world has moved on a bit since then and Bilko is an ulikely character, as is his superior Col Hall.

Not intending to ape the original too much meant they had to move away from the characters and the end result of that is they are not the characters and the characters were the source of the humour.

An entertaining evening but not a classic. Steve Martin is a great comedian but, as soon as actors put on other's costumes, they become a straight-jacket preventing their real skills from coming out. The same happened with Inspector Closeau and his attempts to recreate Peter Seller's character. An impossible task, one which only the brave or foolhardy would attempt; even Peter Sellers did not quite pull it off in later Closeau films.

Steve Martin obviously has his heroes but he is a good enough comedian to create a few of his own.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All that glisters is not Silver 25 Aug 2011
An ill advised big film remake of the classic Phil Silvers Show. It's not totally bad but nobody could ever hold a candle to the original ensemble of what is one of the funniest, best cast comedies ever. Perhaps we should just see this as a fans' tribute to a great old show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sgt Bilko [DVD] [1996] 27 Dec 2012
By Ru
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Love the film now replacing VHS to DVD so will look forward to re-watching this
may even get the hubby to watch it with me
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steve Martin in the Army 20 Dec 2009
By Andy B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bill Murray went in the army in Stripes, so here is Steve Martin's turn

Nice letter box copy, but it often seems like Martin did this 1 for the pay cheque.

Story is ok & I find the supporting cast funnier than Martin.

Not great but not as poor as some of his movies.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Bilko was built out of the bricks of Phil Silvers, so perhaps no one could have succeeded in redoing this concept. But Steve gives it the good old college try. He does acceptably well in behaving as the character requires, but the reason Bilko's gambling gags, for example, evidently worked so well in the past is that Silvers himself was a DEVOTED, passionate gambler. That patented expression of glee of his was REAL. At least this film reminds us to look up the original.
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