- 1 hr 32 min
Whiffs is a 1975 comedy film directed by Ted Post and starring Elliott Gould, Eddie Albert, Harry Guardino, and Barbara Rhoades. The film, set during World War II, follows the misadventures of a group of ragtag soldiers who have been assigned to work in the Army's chemical warfare unit, specifically dealing with the development and testing of a new type of gas mask. Elliott Gould stars as Private James Merrill, a smart-talking soldier who seems to be more interested in gambling and chasing women than preparing for battle. However, when he is assigned to the chemical warfare unit, he realizes that his skills as a con artist can be put to use in a new way. Along with his fellow soldiers, he attempts to bluff his way through the rigorous training regiment and come up with a scheme to escape the unit altogether. Eddie Albert stars as Captain Buckmaster, the no-nonsense leader of the chemical warfare unit who is constantly frustrated by the antics of his subordinates. He is determined to whip the men into shape and ensure that they are fully prepared for the worst-case scenario, even if that means facing the deadly effects of their own experiments. Harry Guardino plays Sergeant Maj. Galt, the tough-as-nails drill sergeant who puts the soldiers through their paces and doesn't tolerate any nonsense. Though he initially clashes with Merrill and the others, he eventually comes to respect their ingenuity and resourcefulness. The film is filled with humorous moments and wacky hijinks as the soldiers navigate their way through the challenges of chemical warfare training. They attempt to cheat on exams, build a giant gas mask to show up the captain, and even stage a fake attack to prove that their gas masks work. Along the way, they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, responsibility, and the importance of being prepared for anything. Whiffs is a lighthearted comedy that offers a unique perspective on the challenges faced by soldiers during World War II. While the film may not be historically accurate, it provides an entertaining look at the lighter side of military life and the creative ways in which soldiers can adapt to difficult situations. With a talented cast and a fun premise, Whiffs is a great choice for anyone looking for a good laugh.