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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.
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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
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