R | | Comedy, War
According to Ivan Reitman in the DVD commentary, during the scene where the recruits receive their basic training haircuts he did not tell the actors that real Army barbers would be shaving their heads until the scene was shot. He lined all of the actors up and shot the scene as scripted to get their genuine reactions to their heads being shaved. John Candy became depressed after the scene was shot. This is why you see him picking up his hair and looking sad when he walks out of the barber shop. Since Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were bigger names at that point than the rest of the cast, they were required to cut their hair shorter, but not to shave their entire head.
Do the words "act of war" mean anything to you?
John Winger: I have... a plan.
Russell Ziskey: Great! Custer had a plan, too.
New recruits are told at the military processing center that they will submit to a urine drug screen upon arrival at boot camp, therefore Judge Rheinhold's character trying to hide his drugs is pointless.
Four actors with the first name "John", are listed back -to-back in the final credits: John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad and John Diehl.
For the extended DVD release, the German version was completely redubbed.
English, Russian, Polish
$6,130,197 28 June 1981