For the Boys

Film

Time Out says

A drama spanning three wars and professional/emotional skirmishes over two generations. Dixie (Midler) is to be awarded a medal for a career spent entertaining US troops, an honour she shares with her one-time partner Eddie (Caan). A television ceremony is planned, but at the last minute, she won't budge from her house. A long-standing grudge against Eddie is to blame, and it's up to a sweet-talking studio minion to coax an explanation. Cue a flashback to her life story, complete with battle footage and the occasional tune... Rydell charts the decline in American values: good-natured soldiers of WWII give way to druggies in Vietnam, and quick-witted writer Art (Segal) enjoys fame and fortune before falling victim to McCarthyism. Marshall Brickman's script is full of marvellous one-liners, but despite its aspirations, this sentimental Midler road-show is hopelessly unrestrained.

Details

Release details

Duration:
140 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Mark Rydell
Screenwriter:
Marshall Brickman, Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub
Cast:
Bette Midler
James Caan
George Segal
Patrick O'Neal
Christopher Rydell
Arye Gross
Norman Fell
Rosemary Murphy
Bud Yorkin
Jack Sheldon
Billy Bob Thornton