Set aboard a navy cargo ship during World War II, this comedic drama follows Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays, Airplane!), who battles boredom and a tyrannical captain to the admiration of Ensign Pulver, Doc, and the crew.

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Set aboard a navy cargo ship during World War II, this comedic drama follows Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays, Airplane!), who battles boredom and a tyrannical captain to the admiration of Ensign Pulver, Doc, and the crew.

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Good, but can't live up to the original.
18 January 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this version of Mister Roberts on tv, when it was first broadcast. It was basically presented as a teleplay, not a movie. The staging was done as if for the theater. I actually saw this version before ever seeing the Henry Fonda movie.

The acting is generally good; but, it's hard to take Robert Hays seriously after the Airplane films. You never quite believed him as the beloved officer. Also, Howard Hessman was a bit young for the Doc. Kevin Bacon was fine, but Pulver calls for great comedic timing and that's not Bacon's strongpoint.

This was a nice throwback to the early days of television, where you had the great theatrical shows, like Playhouse 90. But, after the motion picture, this never had a chance.


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