Robert Altman

Streamers

A taut, claustrophobically intense tale about tensions between US army recruits waiting to be sent to Vietnam.

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USA 1983
Dir Robert Altman
With Matthew Modine, Michael Wright, Mitchell Lichtenstein, George Dzundza
118min
35mm
With French subtitles
Certificate 15

Altman’s second filmed play – adapted by David Rabe from his own piece about tensions arising among US army recruits waiting to be sent to Vietnam – again benefits from beautifully nuanced performances, this time by an unfamiliar cast (Streamers was only Modine’s third movie). Remarkably, but deservingly, they were all awarded the Best Actor prize when the taut, claustrophobically intense film premiered in Venice.