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SOLDIER IN THE RAIN
|Soldier in the Rain is available on DVD.
It is presented in it's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio on a 16x9 enhanced disk.|
Soldier in the Rain is a Military peace time Comedy starring Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason and Tuesday Weld.
Screenplay by Blake Edwards and Maurice Richman. Based on a novel by William Goldman. Directed by Ralph Nelson.
Simply, this film falls somewhere between No Time For Sergeants (1958) and the television sitcom series Gomer Pyle.
|McQueen as Eustis Clay|
Supply Sergeant Eustis Clay, played by Steve, is an unusual mixture of qualities. Both an incredibly naive buffoon and a good natured would be "player", Eustis wheels and deals in army goods, and dreams of getting out of the army to make it big in the real world.
Eustis worships his older, much smarter and infinitely smoother friend Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter, and constantly tries to convince him to join him in his dream of civilian riches.
Once again, as with his previous performance in the 1961 comedy The Honeymoon Machine, he struggled with the comedic requirements of the role, but still succeeds in giving an enjoyable and sometimes moving performance.
|Bobby Jo and Max|
Gleason and Weld
Jackie Gleason's role as Master Sergeant Maxwell Slaughter is more plausible, and following in the wake of his dramatic role in "The Hustler" (1961), he is quite good.
Gleason's role as a career soldier goes a little overboard when he goes on a double-date with Tuesday Weld's character (Bobby Jo) to a local amusement park--in his dress uniform. But I always enjoy his no-nonsense observance of evening colors outside the base mess hall.
|Max the Incredible Hulk rescues Eustis|
Tuesday Weld puts in a solid performance as the young and carefree but emotionally insecure Bobby Jo, and makes the unusual relationship between Bobby Jo and Maxwell seem "almost" believable.
Other faces in the cast include Tony Bill, Tom Poston, Chris Noel, and Adam "Batman" West.
The only dramatic action in the film is a barroom brawl scene in which Max comes to Eustis's rescue like the Incredible Hulk.
|Reviewed by Dave Kaeser and Darren Wright.|