BILOXI BLUES works better than the script alone would suggest, thanks to the skillful direction of Nichols and excellent performances from Broderick and Walken.
An adaptation of Simon's autobiographical play, the film follows New Yorker Broderick through his Army basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi, in the last days of WWII. The Biloxi heat gets him down, as does his strange drill sergeant, Walken, whose sadism works in quiet, mysterious ways, sowing
dissent among his troops. Weeks of bad food, long marches, and humiliation are somewhat relieved when Broderick falls in love with Miller while on weekend leave. When his buddies find Broderick's notes and read hi...