Release Year: 1981
Directed By: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, John Larroquette, John Voldstad, John Diehl, Lance LeGault, Conrad Dunn, Judge Reinhold, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Robert J. Wilke, Atone Pagán
Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 1
Of all the new film additions this month on Netflix, there’s only one true throwback. Sure, there’s plenty of nostalgic favorites from the 2000s. But when it comes to actual throwbacks, the Bill Murray classic Stripes is really the one title in all of the new release Netflix movies that through and through throws it back. Just two years shy of its 40th anniversary, Stripes returns to your watch list for a walk down memory lane and a perfect send-off for summer.
Bill Murray stars in Stripes as a down-on-his-luck cab driver named John Winger, who decides to enlist in the Army after losing both his job and his girlfriend in one fell swoop. Along with his close friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis), John hardly skates by in basic training, but that doesn’t stop him from organizing and leading a ragtag group of misfits, just like himself. But it’s all fun and games until his antics nearly cause an international scandal when he makes a major mistake behind enemy lines.
Stripes comes from director Ivan Reitman, who also directed such comedy films as Ghostbusters, Twins, Kindergarten Cop, and No Strings Attached. The film holds an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was one of the most popular films of its year with a worldwide gross of $85.3 million. One of the reasons Stripes is such a throwback is because they don’t make movies like this anymore and probably won’t ever again. Give it a rewatch when it starts streaming at the top of the month.