McHale's Navy (1997)

PG  |   |  Action, Comedy  |  18 April 1997 (USA)
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Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of ... See full summary »



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Eduardo López Rojas ...
Gonzales (as Eduardo Lopez Rojas)


Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale spends his days puttering around the Caribbean in the old PT-73 selling homebrew, ice cream, and swimsuit calendars. He's brought out of retirement when his old nemesis turned the second best terrorist in the world, Major Vladikov, takes over the island of San Moreno and starts building a nuclear launch silo on it. With help from his old crew and hindrances from Captain Wallace B. Binghampton, who sank a cruise liner a while back, McHale tries to put Vladikov out of business. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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He's Under Siege and Out-of-Control. See more »


Action | Comedy

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Rated PG for action/violence, mild language and innuendos | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gyagyások serege  »

Box Office


$31,190,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,128,565 (USA) (18 April 1997)


$4,368,453 (USA) (16 May 1997)

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Jason Alexander turned down the role of Ensign Charles Parker, citing displeasure with the script. See more »


In Vladikov's jet-boat the controls are means to be in Russian. They use Cyrillic but all signs are actually nonsense. See more »


[during bar brawl]
Virgil: Well, it seems that my stuntmen have arrived. I'd better go... rehearse.
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Referenced in My Name Is Bruce (2007) See more »

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Silly and predictable, but I don't think it is as bad as it is made out to be
9 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Is it as good as the original series? No it isn't. Is it is the worst film ever? No, there are much worse- Disaster Movie, Home Alone 4, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2 and Titanic:The Animated Movie are all much worse than this. Is it a bad film? I personally don't think so.

Yes the plot is predictable and falls into stupidity one too many times. Yes there are some hits and misses in the jokes and script, I actually found a lot of it funny but some of them(ie. Vladikov's 2nd best terrorist in the world boast) got old quite fast. And yes French Stewart is given very little to do.

Despite this, I found myself enjoying it. I don't know why, I just did. The film looks nice enough, some of the scenery is colourful and the photography is decent enough. I liked the soundtrack too, especially Working on My Tan which was a nice addition. While corny, the script did get some laughs from me, and Bruce Campbell while underused is fun to watch. The direction is okay, the film moves quickly and is fairly short while nicely rounded off. The cast are fine on the whole. Ernest Borgnine is a joy as always as is Dean Stockwell whose comic talent here almost equals his TV counterpart Joe Flynn, as is Tim Curry(anybody who knows me knows I am a fan of Tim's), and Tom Arnold and Debra Messing are appealing too.

Overall, hardly something to rave about but I personally don't think it deserves the panning it gets. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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