In week number three of our Ivan Reitman series we take a look at an early collaboration between Reitman and the duo of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis with 1981’s Stripes! Last year we covered Murray and Reitman’s Meatballs in our Summer Camp series, with this being the next bridge in the career of the big screen team. We are joined by fellow South Dakotan and artist and illustrator Bill DeGeest to discuss the army comedy classic! You can follow Bill online at williamdegeest.com and Instagram and Twitter!
Stripes is a 1981 comedy from director Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Warren Oates, PJ Soles, and Sean Young. The film follows hapless burnouts John (Murray) and Russell (Ramis) who enlist in the United States Army with the sole purpose being that they have no other purpose. The two make enemies of Sergeant Hulka (Oates) and form budding relationships with MP’s Stella and Louise (Soles and Young). After completing basic training the duo are sent overseas and find themselves on the bring of military conflict.