Stripes (1981)

The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy...and meet girls.

  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1981-06-25
  • User Rating: 6.526/10 from 734 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 46min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Ivan Reitman
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John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.

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  • Bill Murray

    as John Winger
  • Harold Ramis

    as Russell Ziskey
  • Warren Oates

    as Sgt. Hulka
  • P.J. Soles

    as Stella Hansen
  • Sean Young

    as Louise Cooper
  • John Candy

    as Dewey 'Ox' Oxberger
  • John Larroquette

    as Capt. Stillman
  • John Voldstad

    as Stillman's Aid
  • John Diehl

    as Cruiser
  • Lance LeGault

    as Col. Glass
  • Roberta Leighton

    as Anita
  • Conrad Dunn

    as Psycho
  • Judge Reinhold

    as Elmo
  • Antone Pagán

    as Hector
  • Glenn-Michael Jones

    as Leon
  • William Lucking

    as Recruiter (as Bill Lucking)
  • Fran Ryan

    as Dowager in Cab
  • Joe Flaherty

    as Border Guard
  • Nick Toth

    as Border Guard
  • Bill Paxton

    as Soldier
  • Linda Dupree

    as Wrestler
  • Dennis Quaid

    as Extra at Graduation Ceremony
  • Timothy Busfield

    as Soldier with Mortar
  • Dave Thomas

    as M.C.
  • Robin Klein

    as Cheerleader
  • Robert J. Wilke

    as Gen. Barnicke
  • Lois Hamilton

    as Stillman's Girlfriend (as Lois Areno)
  • Samuel Briggs

    as Corporal
  • Joseph X. Flaherty

    as Sgt. Crocker
  • Hershel B. Harlson

    as Shoeshine Man
  • Solomon Schmidt

    as Store Owner
  • Gino Gottarelli

    as Russian Officer
  • Gene Scherer

    as Russian Officer
  • Dawn Clark

    as Mud Wrestler
  • Anita Merritt

    as Mud Wrestler (as Juanita Merritt)
  • Susan Mechsner

    as Mud Wrestler
  • Sue Bowser

    as Mud Wrestler
  • Leslie Henderson

    as Mud Wrestler
Writing Harold Ramis Screenplay
Camera Bill Butler Director of Photography
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Directing Ivan Reitman Director
Production Ivan Reitman Producer
Editing Michael Luciano Editor
Writing Len Blum Screenplay
Writing Daniel Goldberg Screenplay
Production Daniel Goldberg Producer
Editing Harry Keller Editor
Editing Eva Ruggiero Editor
Crew Mary Peters Stunts