For The Boys (1991)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1991.  All Girl Productions.  Story by , , Screenplay by , Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

An unstoppable Bette Midler is the main reason to watch this above-average soap opera about a singing team who tour three American wars entertaining soldiers everywhere. As the years progress and the wars get dirtier, Dixie Leonard (Midler) finds herself losing faith in what it’s all about, especially when it is compounded with personal tragedy. A great roster of songs (arranged by long-time Midler collaborator Marc Shaiman) and a director who never lets it get too schmaltzy for its own good are saving graces, as is James Caan‘s able partnership to Midler’s show-stealing genius. Their first scene on stage together is a treat.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Bette Midler)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Bette Midler); Best Original Score

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