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  • Actors: Matthew Modine, Michael Wright, Mitchell Lichtenstein, David Alan Grier, Guy Boyd
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2009
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7P2ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A group of young U.S. Army recruits wait in an army barracks to be sent to Vietnam. Their numbers include two blacks, a country hick, and a homosexual, with two Korean veteran sergeants attempting to keep order. Tensions mount with the arrival of the argumentative Carlyle (Michael Wright), and the potent melting pot of emotions inevitably erupts into violence. Robert Altman directed the film on a single set.

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First, the script. Many people have noted how poor this is: not only repetitive, confusing, contradictory, inane, but usually in extreme street slang which is often unintelligible. (I reviewed the film for a gay UK paper on its release and remember that two other reviewers of the time had no idea what it was about!)
The film seems to be attempting a subtle blending of the realistic and the surreal, but I don't think it comes off.
Some of the most obvious points made by the movie - for example, the painful irony that it is the black victims of prejudice who are the most venomously homophobic (as today) - are not even noticed by any of the other reviews.
Even granted the extreme homophobia of that era, I find it difficult to believe that individual soldiers could be capable of the excessive degrees of cruelty evinced here.
Taking it in tandem with 'Come Back to the Five and Dime ...', I think we can feel Altman being a little too indulgent to the anti-gay hate-mongers.
Altogether, a potentially excellent idea which fails in execution.
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There is no other film that deals so confrontingly with homophobia - and with honesty.

It's a deliberately pressured and closed set, but careful editing softens the effect of the confined space. As in Hitchcock's "Rope", the camera never leaves the room, so the viewer feels caged, while the characters can come and go.

The setting is an army barracks in which the men will at any moment be sent overseas for active war duty. The characters have no choice but to negotiate how much they want to know or to accept about each other.

Long before "don't ask - don't tell" became official US Forces policy, society in general had enforced rigid control over how open any homosexual could be - and Service Personnel have always held the worst reputation for homophobia.

So when Richie flaunts his complete disregard for machismo and swishes around the barracks, he's making one hell of bold statement. He teases Billy mercilessly with come ons, and Billy does his best to call Richie's bluff.

"Streamers" is about the truly dramatic consequences of censored communication. It's a gripping, demanding, powerful and very satisfying film that leaves your head spinning and your heart racing.

You practically need a de-briefing session afterwards, but "Streamers" is certainly one of the most memorable of dramatic movie experiences - on par with "A Clockwork Orange".

The performance by the entire cast is impeccable.
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Streamers is a movie which explores the human psyche, and in particular the consequence of repressed expression and emotion. It has a superb cast, all of whom have an ability to transform the characters they play. The dialogue is witty, profound and has the ability to question normative values without offending. Matthew Modine is at his best, and in my opinion this portrayal proves that he is a underrated actor, who should have been given a great deal more advantage within Hollywood.

Whilst I agree that this is an important commentary on homosexuality and the impact of such in one's life, it is also a story about humanity. Homosexuality is but one consideration explored within this movie. War, racism, hypocrisy, prejudice and post traumatic stress disorder are others, all of which seem to have a interlinked expression within the dialogue of the characters and the movie as a whole.

Shot entirely within a single room, the movie relies almost exclusively on the actors and their ability to communicate the unspoken. Suspicion, prejudice fester under the surface, and when one of the characters forces such to the surface, it explodes.

Profoundly well acted. Excellent writing, and a masterpiece of theatrical cinema.
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I only watched this movie for the first time recently, but was impressed.

This film concerns a small group of enlisted men about to be sent out to Vietnam. It is not an action movie, though, preferring to focus on the characters and the effects that their situation causes. This is typical of Altman's style. The film is shot almost entirely in/around a single barrack building and only a few characters have lines.

I will not spoil the film by stating what actually happens. The consequences of the pressure-ciooker environment and young men finding out about themselves are pretty hefty.

On the negative side, some of the acting feels a little "stagey" at times. This may be due to the film being adapted from a play (as may the simple setting). However, the actors do all shine, especially Matthew Modine.

Highly recommended if you enjoy films that focus on character and motivations.
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Streamers is a great film. I would say its a bit like a full metal jacket but with more of a heart .
Robert altmans directing is flawless and the acting is absolutly spectacular.
The film has a theatre feel to it and great intensity.
Streamers ranks among his best work.
Altman fan ? if so buy it....
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In this film Altman is considering the Vietnam war but from the point of view of the young men who are drafted into that butchery without even having the slightest choice at their disposal. The war, the heroic war is supposed to bring the best of man in the limelight of their personalities.

It sure brings the deepest layers of all human beings in the foreground. So imagine a bunch of macho young men, black and white, plus a few older Non Commissioned Officers who are having no real private life because they spend their life killing enemies they despise. Who would marry these men who are never home and who spend their time shoulder deep in blood?

Their complicity becomes complacent and we can wonder what makes them go on behaving like bad boys who only want to play hide and go seek. The draftees are not better but they are younger so they don't know about bees and flowers and birds and flying fish. And their sexuality is both in great conformity with the standard public norm and absolutely uncertain and fuzzy.

Bring one real gay man in that bunch and what was only vaguely misty in the background becomes sunny bright in the foreground. The college graduate who was cool about it turns aggressive and even violent. Unluckily a black hustler is a lot better trained at self defending himself. The young college graduate will die in his own running blood.

One of the older NCOs will come along and, as drunk as a barrel of gin, he will run into the situation and against the hustler who will puncture him good and well, once and for all. It is then the survivors finally understand what they are in for. The gay young man will start crying - a cliché mind you - and the others will hide or try to ignore the mess.
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