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McHale's Navy (1997) Poster

(1997)

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According to his book "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor", Bruce Campbell mentioned that McHale's crew were rarely given specific instructions in many scenes other than to follow Tom Arnold around. He and French Stewart were not given any direction at all for their sequence in the talent show, so they scripted out a vaudeville act using Naval and nautical terms all by themselves. Despite this, most of their sequence ended up playing in the background while the camera focused on Arnold and Debra Messing.
When Tim Curry calls McHale over the microphone, both he and the boy speak into the wrong side. Rather than the intercom, they both speak into the metal hook that it hangs from.
The song "Working On My Tan" can be heard towards the beginning of the movie. It was sung by 'Curry, Tim', who plays Vladikov.
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The TV behind Armando in the shop was showing the 1960's TV show "The Munsters."
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A few of the characters mention Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton having sunk The Love Boat. The original Joseph 'Happy' Haines played by Gavin MacLeod later went on, after filming 'McHale's Navy', to play the role of Captain Merrill Stubing in the TV The Love Boat (1977).
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Jason Alexander turned down the role of Ensign Charles Parker, citing displeasure with the script.
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When Ensign Parker is lost in Cuba, the bottom sign on the sign post reads "Chupacabras", the name of the legendary "goat sucker" of Caribbean mythology.
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When Binghampton is sitting in his office during the "Talent Show", he is reading Sun Tzu's "The Art of War".
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McHale wears a cap showing the "USS Alaska" in the final chase scene. The USS Alaska has been several ships. During WWII the Alaska was a heavy cruiser. At the time of the movie it is an Ohio class ballistic missile submarine commissioned in 1986 and currently in service.
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Ernest Borgnine, who plays Cobra in the movie, played McHale in the original TV series.

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