Although Peter Nichols' "Privates on Parade" was a hit with audiences and critics during its run in London's West End in 1977, this adaptation leaves much to be desired, turning the story into a sniggering homophobic farce with wildly varying shifts of tone. John Cleese plays Maj. Giles
Flack, the uptight commander of the British military's Song and Dance Unit, Southeast Asia (SADUSEA--"Sad, you see"), stationed near Singapore in 1948. Denis Quilley provides the film's only real bright spot as Capt. Terri Dennis, the gay revue director who guides the troupe through a variety of
female impersonations. The picture spends most of its time on "drag" humor; however, it ...