Stripes is a 1981 American war comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, and John Candy. Several actors including John Larroquette, John Diehl, Conrad Dunn, and Judge Reinhold were featured in their first significant film roles. Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Timothy Busfield, and Bill Paxton also appeared early in their careers.


John Winger (Bill Murray) is a cab driver in New York City who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car, and his girlfriend, Anita. Realizing that he is a 30 year old loser with no prospects, he decides to join the Army. He talks his best friend Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis), a teacher of English as a second language, into joining him, and they go to a recruiting office and are soon sent off to basic training.