Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1991. All Girl Productions. Story by Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub, Screenplay by Marshall Brickman, Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub. Cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt. Produced by Bonnie Bruckheimer, Bette Midler, Margaret South. Music by Dave Grusin. Production Design by Assheton Gorton. Costume Design by Wayne A. Finkelman. Film Editing by Gerald B. Greenberg, Jere Huggins. Academy Awards 1991. Golden Globe Awards 1991.
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.