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For the Boys (1991)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 22, 1991
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 17, 2001
 R2: 7 Jun 2004

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Running Time
2 hours, 18 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox, All Girl Productions

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, World War II, Period Piece, Tear Jerker, Love

Tagline: Laughter and tears. Tragedy and triumph. They lived it all. For the boys.

Plot: In this ambitious musical saga, unknown USO singer Dixie Leonard (Bette Midler) is teamed up with one of America's beloved song-and-dance men--Eddie Sparks (James Caan)--in England during World War II, beginning a 50-year partnership of music, laughter, and tears. Eddie is a seductive comedian and singer as notorious for his roving eye as he is for his jokes, while Dixie is a feisty but vulnerable and incredibly talented entertainer. Through three wars, a Golden Era television show, the McCarthy trials, and, in later years, an awards ceremony, FOR THE BOYS chronicles the relationship of this perfect onstage, tumultuous offstage couple as it's highlighted by historic events. George Segal adds further complexities to the couple's relationship as Dixie's showbiz uncle who is interrogated during the McCarthy era. With this nostalgic film, director Mark Rydell creates--in the spirit of old MGM musicals laced with a serious, modern look at war--a highly entertaining and touching film. The heroic cinematography, authentic period costumes and sets, and wonderful musical numbers all enhance this gripping melodrama.

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 Directed by
Mark Rydell
On Golden Pond, Intersection, The Cowboys
 Written by
Neal Jimenez
River's Edge, The Dark Wind, Where the River Runs Black
Bette Midler
The Stepford Wives, The First Wives Club, Fantasia/2000
James Caan
The Godfather, Dogville, Eraser
George Segal
The Cable Guy, Look Who's Talking, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Patrick O'Neal
Under Siege, New York Stories, The Way We Were
Christopher Rydell
On Golden Pond, Gotcha!, Flesh and Bone
Arye Gross
Tequila Sunrise, A Midnight Clear, Just One of the Guys
Norman Fell
The Graduate, Bullitt, Inherit the Wind
 Music By
Dave Grusin
The Goonies, The Firm, Random Hearts
Billy May
The Front Page, Tony Rome, Sergeants 3

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