Privates On Parade

  • 1982
  • Movie
  • R
  • Comedy, War

Although Peter Nichols' "Privates on Parade" was a hit with audiences and critics during its run in London's West End in 1977, this adaptation leaves much to be desired, turning the story into a sniggering homophobic farce with wildly varying shifts of tone. John Cleese plays Maj. Giles Flack, the uptight commander of the British military's Song and Dance...read more

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Although Peter Nichols' "Privates on Parade" was a hit with audiences and critics during its run in London's West End in 1977, this adaptation leaves much to be desired, turning the story into a sniggering homophobic farce with wildly varying shifts of tone. John Cleese plays Maj. Giles

Flack, the uptight commander of the British military's Song and Dance Unit, Southeast Asia (SADUSEA--"Sad, you see"), stationed near Singapore in 1948. Denis Quilley provides the film's only real bright spot as Capt. Terri Dennis, the gay revue director who guides the troupe through a variety of

female impersonations. The picture spends most of its time on "drag" humor; however, it also offers a subplot involving Sgt. Maj. Reg Drummond (Michael Elphick), an unrepentant creep who impregnates the company's sole female member then pawns her off on another soldier. Drummond also provides

local insurgents with ammunition and information, leading to a bloody confrontation that inexplicably moves the film away from its comic base.

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  • Released: 1982
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Although Peter Nichols' "Privates on Parade" was a hit with audiences and critics during its run in London's West End in 1977, this adaptation leaves much to be desired, turning the story into a sniggering homophobic farce with wildly varying shifts of ton… (more)

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