Sgt. Bilko

Sgt. Bilko Information

Sgt. Bilko is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn and written by Andy Breckman. It is an adaptation of the 1950s television series The Phil Silvers Show, often informally called Sgt. Bilko, or simply Bilko.


Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko is in charge of the motor pool at Fort Baxter, a small United States Army base. Exploiting this position, he directs a number of scams, ranging from gambling to renting out military vehicles. His commanding officer, Colonel John Hall, overlooks Bilko's money-making schemes, as he is more concerned with his own affairs. Bad news begins when Major Colin Thorn, an officer from the U.S. Army Inspector-General's Office, arrives at the camp and begins to scrutinize Bilko's record.

Officially, Thorn is at Fort Baxter to conduct a general inspection of the base and determine if it should remain open in light of recent defense cutbacks. However, he is, in fact, determined to get revenge on Bilko to settle an old score the two have from Fort Dix, in which Thorn was nearly court-martialled in the midst of a fixed boxing match and resulted in Thorn being shipped to Greenland. Major Thorn, bitter and unprincipled, is not above breaking the law to ruin Bilko. Thorn also attempts to steal Bilko's long-time fiancé Rita, whom he has stood up at the altar more than a dozen times. Rita, despite being fond of Bilko, is tired of waiting for him to finally marry her and gives him 30 days to win her back or lose her for good.

Bilko, with the help of newly-assigned Private First Class Wally Holbrook, devises a means of avoiding Major Thorn's attempt to transfer him to Greenland: He rigs a demonstration of the base's malfunctioning hovertank, put on before a four-star general and numerous dignitaries. Since Thorn had deliberately tried to sabotage the tank the previous night, he confronts Bilko, Hall, and the general, loudly insulting Bilko and Hall and in the midst of his ranting confesses to sabotaging the hovertank. Major Thorn is sent off again to Greenland and Sergeant Bilko is safe as chief of the motor pool once more.

However, by this time the last day of Rita's ultimatum has come. Just as Rita sadly begins to write Bilko off forever, she hears men outside her house, singing one of her and Bilko's favorite songs. Looking outside, she sees Bilko and his platoon on the lawn. Bilko asks Rita to marry him, and despite deliberately showing up late, as Bilko did so many times, Rita accepts.


  • Steve Martin as Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko
  • Dan Aykroyd as Col. John T. Hall
  • Phil Hartman as Maj. Colin Thorn
  • Glenne Headly as Rita Robbins
  • John Marshall Jones as Sgt. Henshaw
  • Pamela Adlon as Sgt. Raquel Barbella
  • Austin Pendleton as Maj. Ebersole
  • Chris Rock as 1st Lt. Oster
  • Cathy Silvers as 1st Lt. Monday
  • Steve Park as Capt. Moon
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Mrs. Hall
  • Richard Herd as Gen. Tennyson
  • Dan Ferro as Spc. Tony Morales
  • John Ortiz as Spc. Luis Clemente
  • Max Casella as Spc. Dino Paparelli
  • Daryl Mitchell as Pfc. Wally Holbrook
  • Mitchell Whitfield as Pfc. Mickey Zimmerman
  • Brian Leckner as Pfc. Sam Fender
  • Eric Edwards as Pvt. Duane Doberman
  • Charles C. Stevenson as Minister
  • Travis Tritt as himself
  • Steve Kehela as Master Sergeant Stan Sowicki


The film received poor reviews from critics. Its Tomatometer rating at Rotten Tomatoes is 32%.

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