One of the most overlooked and simultaneously best Spielberg's films, from the decade in which his narrative lightness had not been shortened and rewritten by its increasingly unbearable productive weight and consequent provability. In this film, the availability to play is overwhelming - it is, in fact, one of the last North-American films that wisely review the classical heritage of slapstick and the absurd.
Proof that people are too sensitive and refuse to give something a chance. It's a bit of mess as it's a bit closer to a series of gags than one whole story. But by god, look at these ideas and the scale of it all. The last gag with the house made me lose my shit. Plus, it's not like it mocks JUST America. The Japanese are equally loony. BTW, Spielberg needs to make a musical, because that dance sequence is awesome.
This movie had all the ingredients to be great movie but Speilberg's overpowered his art and we got this two hours of pure insanity. If John Belushi had not been in this film it would have been a total loss.
This is a truly bizarre film by Steven Spielberg. Worth watching just for the diverse cast. I saw it at the theater in '79; it was a huge flop at the time and almost sunk Spielberg's career. Luckily, he came back swinging in 1982 with "E.T." and that shut everybody the hell up.
>>> Une histoire complètement délirante où l'on découvre, entre autres, les effets d'une bombardier sur une séduisante Américaine, l'obsession du canon et de la défense chez un Yankee moyen et la passion secrète d'un général cinéphile. Cinquième long métrage de Spielberg, beaucoup moins connu que ses autres réalisations, qui déçoit fortement par sa morne surenchère de gags élimés... www.cinefiches.com
Una delle commedie più spassose che abbia mai visto.La satira all'ambiente militare è fantastica,i personaggi sono super-azzeccati e le scene sono assolutamente deliziose,dalla faida tra i due contendenti,il generale al cinema,la rissa tra soldati,Mifune sul sommergibile,Dan sul carrarmato e Jim sull'aereo:un'inutilità devastante,che fà davvero riflettere sulla pochezza della guerra.Un grandioso Spielberg.