Up 8,735 this week

Mister Roberts (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Drama  -  19 March 1984 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 90 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

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.



(novel), (play)
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1165 titles
created 24 Aug 2011
a list of 91 titles
created 06 Sep 2011
a list of 64 titles
created 10 Apr 2013
a list of 85 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 352 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Mister Roberts" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Mister Roberts (TV Movie 1984)

Mister Roberts (TV Movie 1984) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mister Roberts.

User Polls

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rails & Ties (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deadly collision between a train and car lead to an unlikely bond between the train engineer and a young boy who escapes the carnage.

Director: Alison Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Marcia Gay Harden, Miles Heizer
Starting Over (1979)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A divorced man falls in love, but somehow he can't get over his ex-wife. This affects his love life in comic ways. Based on Dan Wakefield's novel.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2.

Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell
Destination Anywhere (Video 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

"Destination Anywhere" is a contemporary film noir set on the streets of a gritty, yet colorful Manhattan neighborhood. Jon Bon Jovi stars as JON, a man on the run from his home, his ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Pellington
Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Moore, Annabella Sciorra
Diner (1982)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want ... See full summary »

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin
Mister Roberts (TV Series 1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Stars: Roger Smith, Richard X. Slattery, Steve Harmon
Ensign Pulver (1964)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives and 1 very big case of appendicitis.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau
Flatliners (1990)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Medical students bring themselves near death; their experiment begins to go awry.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Walter Schlomann
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elya Baskin, James Doohan
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Stars: Karen Allen, Kevin Bacon, Verna Bloom
The Presidents' Gatekeepers (TV Movie 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Special will take a look at the role of the White House Chiefs of Staff in history and span at least nine administrations.

Directors: Gédéon Naudet, Jules Naudet
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush


Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raye Birk ...
Shore Patrolman
Tyler Tyhurst ...
Bruce Wright ...


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.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

19 March 1984 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Mr. Roberts" by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan opened at the Alvin Theater on February 18, 1948, ran for 1157 performances and won the 1948 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. See more »


Version of Mister Roberts (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Interesting Variant on the Classic Film
23 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This live production was done in 1984, and was pretty good. The cast was not as great as the film's, but it was a fine production. The performances of Charles Durning as the Captain and Howard Hesseman as Doc were particularly memorable. Hesseman was, if possible, more laid back approaching Doc's character than Powell had been. Durning made the Captain more of a calculating sneak than Cagney did.

To fully explain my comment about Durning: in the film Cagney addresses the men after they have had their shore-leave. Cagney tells them they have been pretty smart getting him kicked out of port, but they will now pay for it by working twice as hard, and that Fonda will make sure of it. In the film Cagney adds that if Fonda does a good job he might get a promotion, and adds "You'd like that, wouldn't you Mr. Roberts!". The men get the impression that Roberts has sold them out for a promotion. But the scene is set so publicly, with Cagney and Fonda at quite a distance apart, that it looks like a spur of the moment action by the Captain. It does catch Fonda by surprise, but he controls his reaction quickly enough due to the pressures of the moment.

But in the television version, Durning adds a sly twist that is not in the film. He is not separated from Robert Hays like Cagney was from Fonda, and when he announces a possible promotion to an astonished Hays, Durning says (sotto voce), "Didn't expect THAT, did ya!" It was a nice added touch.

So was the handling of the "surprise attack" sequence. When the men are called out because of the Captain's siren, Durning is hearing the crew's names read as he tries to ferret out who threw off the palm tree. Cagney did the same in the film. When they reach Ensign Pulver's name, Cagney handled the line, "Pulver...Pulver...(his face breaking into a rare smile for the character with a trace of a laugh in his voice)...Pulver wouldn't have the guts." In the movie the line is given in the Captain's room on the bridge. In the play, the men have been running around. Pulver (Kevin Bacon), has been running in his shorts and life-belt about the ship's deck. Over the ship's intercom system, Pulver and the crew hear the Captain (Durning) saying the same line more fiercely and dismissively, "Pulver, Pulver wouldn't have the guts!" Bacon looks both surprised and hurt at being so unimportant to a man he pretends to wish to annoy.

This only shows the value of good productions of works of merit - one can reconsider the dialog of the work by the ways the actors present it.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this on Video? JHHPRO
Discuss Mister Roberts (1984) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: