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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 »

Director:

Bryan Spicer

Writers:

Peter Crabbe (story), Andy Rose (story) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Arnold ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Dean Stockwell ... Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton
Debra Messing ... Lt. Penelope Carpenter
David Alan Grier ... Ensign Charles Parker
Tim Curry ... Maj. Vladakov
Ernest Borgnine ... Cobra
Bruce Campbell ... Virgil
French Stewart ... Happy
Danton Stone ... Gruber
Brian Haley ... Christy
Henry Cho Henry Cho ... Willie
Anthony Jesse Cruz Anthony Jesse Cruz ... Roberto Valenzuela
Honorato Magaloni Honorato Magaloni ... Castro
Guillermo Ríos Guillermo Ríos ... Jose
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Gonzales (as Eduardo Lopez Rojas)
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Storyline

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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Dare to rock the boat. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyagyások serege See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,190,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,128,565, 20 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,529,843, 25 May 1997
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Working On My Tan" can be heard towards the beginning of the movie. It was sung by 'Curry, Tim', who plays Vladikov. See more »

Goofs

In the boat chase scene near the end when Vladikov talks into the mic and puts it up to Roberto to talk into he has it backwards. See more »

Quotes

[going through contraband items]
Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton: McHale's Mai Tai... McHale's Ale... McHale's Girls of the San Ysidro Islands calendar? Will somebody explain to me what this is?
Parker: You see, sir, these are scantily-clad yet tasteful photos of women the men use as an...
Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton: Shut up!
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Connections

Follows McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Brand New Cadillac
Written by Vince Taylor
Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (as Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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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 TheLittleSongbirdSee 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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