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For the Boys (2012)

Bette Midler , James Caan , Mark Rydell  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Midler, James Caan, Gabe Bologna, Patrick O'Neal, Christopher Rydell
  • Directors: Mark Rydell
  • Writers: Neal Jimenez, Lindy Laub
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2001
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bette Midler gives the brassiest, sassiest performance of her career as Dixie Leonard, a USO singer whose electrifying stage presence, and flair for outrageous comedy, captivates troops and civilians alike. Teamed up with America's beloved song and dance man, Eddie Sparks (James Caan), the whole world becomes Dixie's stage through three very different wars, and 50 years of music and memories, laughter and tears. All of it... FOR THE BOYS.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE WORLD! December 10, 2005
By VD2400
To tell you the truth, I love this movie. Bette Midler can act in anything-comedy or drama-anything! But I like her most in drama. This movie was Bette Midler's second Academy Award nomination. Directed by the same man who directed the movie The Rose (also with Bette Midler-her first Academy Award nomination).

I find this movie to be delightful, funny, heartbreaking, and VERY well acted!

Bette Midler sings in this movie, and it only adds to the superior quality of the film. The acting, the story, the music is worth watching over and over again. Like I said, I love this movie, and I recommend it to one and all!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTE WAS ROBBED YET A SECOND TIME AT THE OSCARS! November 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The only reason Miss Midler didn't win that year, (Jodie Foster won for Silence of the Lambs) was because 'For the Boys' was a box-office dud. I wish back then the marketing executives at 20th Century Fox would've sold this movie a little better. First of all the soundtrack had two possible mega hits, 'In My Life' the Beatles' tune in which Bette's renditon turned into an emotionally packed moment in the movie. I get a lump in the throat every time I see it. The other tune, 'Every road leads Back to you', like 'Wind beneath my wings' is a wonderful song reflecting on a bumpy and long, yet close and loving friendship. These songs should've been airing over the radio way before the movie was released. Secondly, 'For the boys' was pitted against 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Addams Family' when it was released. It's no wonder this movie got shoved aside. As for the movie itself, it's evident that Miss Midler poured her soul and guts into the whole project. Yes, the movie does try to cover a lot of war-history in 2 1/2 hours, but Bette as Dixie and her love-hate relationship with Caan as Eddie do have an appealing quality despite all their tumultuus bickering behind the scenes of entertaining the boys. Critics complained about how awful the aging makeup looked on Midler and Caan. Well my argumnent to them is, when you see an elderly performers win a lifetime acheivement award on TV, aren't they supposed to look somewhat gray and wrinkled...Or do all aged show biz icons have to look like Joan Collins and Dick Clark? Nevertheless, the scene of Dixies's first time singing with the troops in 1942 is the reason why people love to see Bette....I just wish more people would have done so when this was released in 1991. TL
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another soft spoken wonder February 21, 2000
By A Customer
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This movie is great the way it sneaks up at you and touches your heart. It makes you feel wonderful and sad all at the same time, and makes you evaluate your life
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are there bad reviews? February 22, 2005
I have no idea why anyone would give this a bad review, whether it was when it first debuted or today. This movie has something for everyone. Personally, I love Bette Midler & and I love anything from the 40s, so this is perfect for me. And I've seen reviews for this that say you can only appreciate it, if you lived during one of the eras portrayed in the film. I am living proof that that statement is wrong, because I am 24 years old and love everything about this movie.

Bette Midler & James Caan are wonderful actors and truly show that they are capable of any genre. If you are in doubt of whether you would like this movie, don't be. There is something for everyone, whether it is comedy, music, or drama.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Musical August 20, 2002
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Musicals by the early 90s were extremely rare but this reminds one of the days when musicals were both popular and fun as Bette Midler and James Caan play two USO singers who go all the way from World War II to the Vietnam War entertaining and wowing the army boys. Along the way is the drama that they both experience as they try to court one another while James is still married. For Bette, this should have been another hit as it had a great song off the soundtrack which could have worked as a hit single EVERY ROAD LEADS BACK To YOU as well as a great performance. In fact Bette does a better job here than in BEACHES as she has to carry more of the film on her shoulders. Her sparky, brassy, witty attitude and humor are evidenced here and she and James have impecable chemistry which allows the movie to work. It also is intersting seeing them age from middle age 40-year olds to some 90 year olds receiving awards. A great movie reminding one of the old days of musicals as well as one that tugs at the heartstrings!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the mystery every be solved? January 21, 2006
So, is this movie really about Bob Hope and Martha Raye? Or is it Betty Hutton? Judy Canova? We may never know. But Bette Middler and James Caan are so wonderful that almost every moment of this film is a delight. Buy the DVD and watch "Stuff Like That There" over and over again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this movie November 29, 2004
I think this movie is up there with Beaches. I just love it. The music, the acting, the story... all work wonderfully.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody, but truly fantastic!!!! August 19, 2004
For the Boys is truly an underrated gem. Spanning a period of 50 years and three different wars, the film tells the story of Dixie Leonard (the Divine Mrs. M), a singer who is plucked from semi-obscurity at the outset of World War II and given her big break: A USO tour of Europe with Eddie Sparks (James Caan), a song-and-dance man who's a famous star. Their first time on the stage together, Dixie steals the show, Eddie tries to fire her, and they're off and running. Through thick and thin - North Africa, the Korean war, television, McCarthyism, Vietnam - they fight and make up while the world applauds, and finally there's a climax on a live TV awards show, where Dixie and Eddie are seeing each other for the first time in years.

Bette Midler is truly fantastic in her role as Dixie. The first USO musical number is a great success, with Bette trading risque repartee with Caan and then belting out a loud number and a ballad. She has a beautiful voice, powerful and bursting with emotion. This part was written for Bette, no one else could have played Dixie quite like her. She was once again robbed at the Oscars that year, losing to non other than Jodie Foster for the terribly overrated Silence of the Lambs. Midler's performance was much more dramatic and real, and she deserved that statuette.

I am not a big fan of James Caan, but he was good in the film. He had a certain chemistry with Midler that made his character believable. Sparks isn't a particularly likeable soul, but Caan brings a certain charm to a role that's tailor-made for his talents. He's right at home with Eddie's emotional isolation and single-minded ambition, bringing to mind a used-car salesman who discovers that the marks are actually buying his manufactured sincerity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this one
This movie is thoroughly engaging - funny, entertaining, serious, heart breaking, hopeful, dark, light and redemptive. It is one of my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by Teri Anderson Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Entertainment
Bette Midler's best performance.......and ambitious and engrossing film........spanding 3 decades......3 wars and the entertainment that made that era........a profound film
Published 2 months ago by SpaceKitten
5.0 out of 5 stars Its the Divine Ms. M
Who doesn't love her! She is my hero! I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it. I had to order it for DVD and share with my daughters
Published 2 months ago by Lisa S
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movie
Bought it as a gift for my niece. She is a real Middler fan. Needless to say, I became her favorite aunt!
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Graffam
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Boys-DVD Movie
I saw this movie on television recently, and immediately fell in love with it. And it also included Vietnam war. It's about time!
Published 3 months ago by Lawrence Saelens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I was happy to finally find this and it was in great condition. I had my doubts about ordering from A,azon again but this time i was pleased with the outcome.
Published 4 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
was very pleased with this movie. I had it in tape but I want to replace all my movies with dvd
Published 5 months ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it.
it's not the kind of movie you watch over and over. it is a good movie with a great message.
Published 5 months ago by Gary G. DeBaun
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Boys
This is an old one but I enjoy whatever Bette Midler does and watch all her movies.
This was a cute one with Caan and Midler going at it.
Published 6 months ago by Beverly A. Lapointe
2.0 out of 5 stars For The Birds
Very dis-appointed. I love Bette Midler and James Kahn, as well. Sadly, the story line was not as gripping as I had hoped it would be. Actually, not even close. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hedy M. Soreco
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