Sgt. Bilko
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The classic 1955-59 sitcom The Phil Silvers Show (also known as "You'll Never Get Rich" in its first few episodes) became this high concept comedy with an all-star cast. Steve Martin stars as U.S. Army Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko, a conniving motor pool supervisor who uses his position to finance various get-rich-quick schemes, including illegal gambling, at a Kansas military base. His commanding officer, Colonel Hall (Dan Aykroyd) is mostly oblivious to Bilko's antics. Trouble arrives when the master sergeant's old rival, Major Thorn (Phil Hartman), appears. It seems… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"Though Martin and a solid supporting cast produce a few scattered moments of near-hilarity, for the most part the terrain here is as flat as it gets."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"The film is full of gratifying gags like these, but it also has to strain for newly enlarged scope."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Martin's Bilko is a career grifter who comes out on top every time. He's a Bilko for the nasty '90s, oily and smug."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A big disappointment."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
‑ Alex Keen, Trades
"[A] celebration of high jinks."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Wacky is just the right tone for a spring comedy."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Aside from the sheer insanity of trying to leap into the shoes of the irreplaceable Phil Silvers, surely Martin should have recognized that the film had no script, no gags and no discernible point."
‑ , Film4
"There is lots of yelling."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Steve Martin faz um bom trabalho, como sempre."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This is shoddy hackwork, replaying classic scenarios (the honest new recruit, audits by Pentagon bigwigs and manoeuvres in Nevada) with such disregard for narrative structure the reels might be in the wrong order."
‑ , Time Out
"One of the pleasures of the movie is all the little jokes hidden in the corners."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"We've seen it before, almost frame for frame, in every other service comedy, especially Stripes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"CLassic Stevey Martin full of great one-liners."
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"Sgt. Bilko isn't a bad movie, it just isn't worth the six or seven bucks to get in."
‑ Leslie Rigoulot, Film Scouts
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