Cedar Rapids Gazette
January 18, 1991
The Gulf crisis came crashing onto the soundstage where “For the Boysâ€ is filming. On Tuesday, Bette Midler sang a World War II vintage love song to hundreds of extras â€” among them U.S. Marines utilizing leave before leaving for Saudi Arabia.
â€œItâ€™s an element of reality we never anticipated.â€ says director Mark Rvdell, “a terribly moving moment, but the boys were thrilled that they could have this kind of sendoff.â€
The drama in which Midler and James Caan play U.S.O. performers from World War II through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts has been in the works since early ’90 â€” when the thought of war seemed more distant than it had in decades.
â€œIt’s an unusual picture, with musical numbers thrust between scenes of people dying in conflict,â€ says Rydell. â€œItâ€™s very special, with a very substantial message that makes it clear the concept of warring nations is lunatic.â€
â– “For the Boys,â€ made by Midlerâ€™s All Girl Productions and planned for unveiling by 20th Century Fox at yearâ€™s end. marks Rydellâ€™s first turn in the directorâ€™s chair since his award winning “The Riverâ€ of 1984.
E x p la in s th e e s te e m e d filtnmaker, â€1 spent over five years developing movies I ended up not making.