Original Studio Movie Still 8"x 10". For the Boys is a 1991 American comedy-drama musical film which traces the life of Dixie Leonard (Bette Midler), a 1940s actress/singer who teams up with Eddie Sparks (James Caan) , a famous performer, to entertain American troops. As in The Rose, Midler's first starring role and also a blockbuster quasi-biopic, the film is fiction. The Caan character was generally believed to be based on Bob Hope. The film was directed by Mark Rydell and the original music score was composed by Dave Grusin. It also stars George Segal, Patrick O'Neal, Christopher Rydell, Arye Gross, Norman Fell and (a then-unknown) Vince Vaughn in his film debut, playing a Cheering Soldier in a Crowd.For her performance, Bette Midler was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie soundtrack features adaptations of many classic songs as well as the Beatles' "In My Life".