- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 19, 2010
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Shout Factory Theatr
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: A Look Back at Streamers with Cast Members From the Film and Stage, Including George Dzundza, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Matthew Modine, Bruce Davison and Herbert Jefferson, Jr
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"This outfit looks like it's a little short on soul, know what I mean'"
- Carlyle (Michael Wright)
Empire - 06/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "All six principles won Best Actor honours at Venice in 1983 for haunting performances in juicy roles."
Uncut - 06/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he claustrophobia intensifies. Race and class issues boil to the surface. Gripping."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2008
"[A] film that's full of vertiginous verbal risk-taking..."
A.V. Club - 01/27/2010
"[I]t benefits from an excellent cast and a few purely Altman moments..." -- Grade: B-
Robert Altman follows up his critically acclaimed film of the theatre piece COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN with this adaptation of David Rabe's savage play. STREAMERS takes place in a desolate Vietnam-era Army barracks where a group of disparate young recruits wait nervously for their orders. Billy (Matthew Modine) and Roger (David Alan Grier) have learned to ignore their racial differences and become good friends. Richie (Mitchell Lichtenstein) is an effeminate soldier whose personality disarms the others, and when Carlyle (Michael Wright), an angry black man, arrives, the simmering tensions come to a boil. He berates Roger for living in a white barracks, and crudely exposes Richie's homosexuality. When drunken officer Cokes (George Dzundza) tries to calm the quarreling soldiers, Carlyle is driven to destructive behavior. Placing the characters in a purgatory-like locale where death and violence is imminent, Rabe's screenplay crackles with the anger, fear, and confusion of a group of young men at a pivotal moment in their lives. Altman, notorious for allowing his actors to improvise, proves with STREAMERS that he also can adhere to a tightly woven script, resulting in a tense, uncompromising drama.
Four young recruits and two vets living in an Army barracks await the transfer orders that will send them to Vietnam. Finding their very lives threatened by forces beyond their control, the men lash out at one another in desperate acts of violence. Based on the play by David Rabe, Robert Altman's STREAMERS is a brutal expose of racism, homophobia, and chauvinism in the United States' Armed Forces.
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Theatrical Release |
- STREAMERS was filmed at The Studios at Las Colinas (Dallas, Texas).
- The play was first produced in New York by the New York Shakespeare Festival and was directed by Mike Nichols.
- The original play premiered at The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.