McHale's Navy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2011
This classic TV series is from 1962, and has all the great stuff about early 60s shows---predictable, formula characters? check! jokes so obvious you see them coming from a mile away? check! easy conflict set within a clear beginning, middle and end? check! everything is solved and the good guys are happy at the end of the show? check!

But McHale's Navy is somewhat remarkable, seeing it now with the perpective of 50 years gone by. While on one hand, this is derivative of Phil Silver's work as Bilko (just in a naval setting), but this is not the whimsical, coming of age stuff in Ozzie and Harriet or Leave It To Beaver, where authority and behaving correctly were the goals. This show seems to treat the war of World War Two seriously enough, with some respect, while at the same time poking fun at the regimentation and command structure indicative in modern society, especially military society. This show is about rebels (or slackers) who have gone native and are fortunate enough to be guided by a competent, compassionate guy who likes infuriating Joe Flynn, his commander, and can keep them out of trouble. If they started singing, you would think it is "South Pacific".

This foreshadowing of shows like Hogan's Heroes and M*A*S*H* is pretty obvious, but when watching the first episode, I saw that it was penned by "Joe" Heller. Yes, that Joseph Heller who wrote the modern classic novel, "Catch 22". And you also realize that the star, Ernest Borgnine, is (or was) a serious actor with Academy Award winning Best Actor chops (for Marty). There's some serious horsepower here that is either cashing in some chips or jumping on the gravy train, 1962-style.

One word of caution---like most shows from that era, this show is ridiculously efficient in getting to the set up for the conflict. If you miss the first 45 seconds, you best start it again.
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on July 18, 2013
Over acted, hammy, campy, and funny. At least to me. I like Tom Arnold in most of his roles and he is good in this one. Going to Cuba to get parts was a bit much but still funny with Tommy Chong playing two roles as a Cuban black marketeer set of brothers. In this version of McHale's Navy he is a retired officer with his own PT boat. His crew is not actually his but U.S. sailors stationed at a base. These guys are a modernized version of the original crewmen. Terrorists come to the island to set up a missile base. Captain Binghamton is played by Dean Stockwell. He can act, but the scenes he gets are one reason this movie was panned by some, in my opinion. Overall I found this to be a funny, watchable movie.
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on August 16, 2012
I really am enjoying this DVD even though I thought it was going
to be in color..I guess I'm still not understanding how the info
is reading about the products..but all in all it's a great DVD it's
been a blast to go back to the past to shows from my childhood that
made me laugh!It's very refreshing to watch these shows w/o all the
profanity that theses comedy shows are producing these days.I feel
sorry for our young kids today who were not fortunate enough to grow
up with these shows.Maybe if we had these shows back again and
introduced them to our kids maybe just maybe the world would be a
better place.
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on September 26, 2012
I bought this for my boyfriends birthday. He had been talking about this movie with Tom Arnold and when looking for it all I found was the television spin off. Finally (thanks to Amazon) I was able to purchase the movie at a very good price. My boyfriend was thrilled and I rather enjoyed the movie as well.
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on November 17, 2011
I like this movie, it's about as silly as any Pink Panther film. It's cheesy, but that's what I like about this film. Really has nothing to do with the original series. Maybe pair this with Down Periscope, and you've got something.
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on January 10, 2013
McHale's Navy is
One of the cleanest and funniest dramedies of all time.

Tip: Don't forget to view Tom Arnold's other films, as he attempts to out do Arnold
Schwartzenegger. har har maety.
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on December 29, 2012
If you are an original " McHale's Navy" fan and a Tom Arnold fan you will enjoy this movie. Typical Tom Arnold humor, with reference to original show, and cameo appearances along the way.
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on January 2, 2013
McHale's Navy is a classic from my childhood that did not diminish with time. Great cast with aloof and witty story that is enjoyable for all ages.
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on December 2, 2013
My dad introduced me to this film when I was younger and I still enjoy watching it as an adult
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 1999
the characters are enjoyable to watch. a good movie for Tim Curry fans, Tom Arnold fans, or Bruce Campbell fans... as their characters are played out very well. great writing, fantastic direction, and the acting is fun to watch because the actors seem to have genuinely enjoyed doing this movie. the only thing is, this may only be a "rental" for most people... not a "buyer". check it out at your local block-buster or family video first, you may be pleasently suprised.
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