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McHale's Navy (1997) 1997 PG CC

(108) IMDb 4.3/10

Tom Arnold stars as laid-back retired Naval Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, whose days of leisure are jeopardized when his former nemesis Major Vladikov (Curry) unexpectedly surfaces with a scheme that threatens his beloved Caribbean island base.

Starring:
Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell
Runtime:
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action, Comedy
Director Bryan Spicer
Starring Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell
Supporting actors Debra Messing, David Alan Grier, Tim Curry, Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Campbell, French Stewart, Danton Stone, Brian Haley, Henry Cho, Anthony Jesse Cruz, Honorato Magaloni, Guillermo Ríos, Eduardo López Rojas, Tom Ayers, Scott Cleverdon, Robert Schuch, Tommy Chong, Paco Mauri
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
Not having seen any of the original McHale's Navy episodes, I can't really compare this film to the television classic - but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that the movie is undoubtedly of lower comedic quality than the original series. Judging the film solely on its own merits, it's really not that bad. It's certainly no showcase for sophisticated humor, but it is generally pretty funny throughout. Surely, I'm not the only guy who finds Tom Arnold pretty funny (as long as he's not doing stand-up). The other guys are pretty much hit and miss, though, as they're really just stereotypes. David Alan Grier has his moments as the slow ensign dreaming of lieutenant's stripes, but we've seen the same kind of character act the same way in many a movie already. Originality is not a word you're going to hear in the same sentence as McHale's Navy, I'm afraid.

McHale (Arnold) is a former Navy man who peddles his wares on San Moreno and surrounding Caribbean islands, with many a customer and buddy at the navy base. It's an amazingly undisciplined place, with the guys really living the life of Riley - until, that is, their new CO, Captain Wallace B. Binghamton (Dean Stockwell), best known as the man who sank the Love Boat, arrives. While Binghamton is trying to impart a sense of order at the base, Major Vladikov (Tim Curry), constantly referred to as the second-ranked terrorist in the world, is setting up shop on nearby San Moreno island. To Binghamton's chagrin, the brass in Washington (represented by Cobra, played by none other than Ernest Borgnine) recruits McHale back into active duty in order to find out what Vladikov is up to and then to stop him. Assorted hijinx then ensue as McHale gets his old team back together for one more mission.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 2, 2004
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I enjoyed this movie immensley, I almost didn't watch it because I thought it wouldn't be that great due to the others reviews, but I really like it and plan on buying it VERY soon!
The one thing I don't like about it is in the beginning theres at least 7 references to sex, and after that about 2 more in the middle of the movie. BUT, other than that, the movie rocks.
I don't know why no one finds this movie funny, maybe it's me, I usually go for those nutty-don't make that much sense-comedy movies.
Tom Arnold was great playing McHale, the other actors did good too but I have to say Tim Curry as Vladikov (The second best terrorist in the world *rolls eyes*) really made the movie, he's so funny and brought a lot more greatness to the movie than the others did. I loved his eastern european accent, kinda sexy ;-) (of course his voice is sexy all together.)
*Ahem* Anyway, if you're anything like me, you'll like this movie. But in case you're not, rent it first. Just in case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry Heth on March 20, 2011
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tamyra Williams on November 18, 2009
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I thought it was the movie, but it is a group of TV series shows. Still the great series, but I need to read the fine print better.
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McHale's Navy is a 2003 DVD re-release of the 1997 feature film based on the classic ABC-TV series from 1962-66. Directed by Bryan Spicer, this hilarious action-comedy stars Tom Arnold(The Jackie Thomas Show)as Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale, Dean Stockwell(Quantumn Leap)as Capt. Wallace Binghamton, David Alan Grier(In Living Color)as Ensign Charles Parker, Debra Messing(Will and Grace)as 1st Lt. Penelope Carpenter, Bruce Campbell(Army of Darkness)as Virgil, French Stewart(Third Rock From the Sun)as Happy, and Tim Curry(Muppet Treasure Island)as Major Vladikov, the main villain in the film. In the movie, Lt. Cmdr. McHale(Arnold)enjoys a peaceful retiement on his home in San Moreno in the Caribbean, until Vladikov(Curry) arrives to the island nation to establish a Soviet army base, So McHale, with the help of Carpenter(Messing) and Parker(Grier), and against the warnings of Binghamton(Stockwell), joins up with his former crew and fight back against Vladikov and his cronies. The only special feature on this DVD is just the trailer of the film, nonetheless, McHale's Navy is a fun and exciting movie to enjoy with fans of the classic sitcom.
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