Sgt. Bilko

Sgt. Bilko, 1996 film starring  Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd and Phil Hartman.  McHales Navy on steroids!

Sargent Bilko (Martin) has always been an entrepreneur and it is no different for him in the Army.  What gets in his way he will find a way to remove!  Bilko runs a paradise for the soldiers of the base, gambling, games, bars and even a massage parlor and he keeps it going even under the sort of watchful eye of the base commander Col. John T. Hall (Aykroyd).  Suddenly, an old enemy from his past shows up to get revenge Bilko must act quick to side step being railroaded.

During the eighties and nineties (even before that), Steve Martin was always great at making us laugh.  This film was ok but not quite the greatness of his films like ‘The Jerk’ or ‘Plane, Trains & Automobiles’ but it was good.  Pairing with Dan Aykroyd was a good idea but the film still lacked a little something, maybe one more star from the good old days!  The story was ok, though it was reminiscent of the great show ‘McHales Navy’ with  Ernest Borgnine.  It was entertaining and the acting was decent, Mr Hartman should have had a long and fruitful career had he not met an early end.

Lots of humor, lots of fun and the cast seemed to enjoy their rolls.  So, there you go, it was good but maybe just outside of the ‘Watch Again’ shelf for me.  A good watch.




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