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McHale's Navy (1997)

PG | | Action, Comedy | 18 April 1997 (USA)
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The former World War II Naval captain of PT-73 - now a fun-loving black marketeer - reunites with his crew to battle a bumbling Russian terrorist. Based on the hit 1960s television show.

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 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 ... Willie
Anthony Jesse Cruz Anthony Jesse Cruz ... Roberto Valenzuela
Honorato Magaloni ... Castro
Guillermo Ríos ... Jose
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... Gonzales (as Eduardo Lopez Rojas)
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Storyline

Retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale (Tom Arnold) 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 Vladakov (Tim Curry), 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 (Dean Stockwell), who sank a cruise liner a while back, McHale tries to put Vladakov 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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Trivia

The television behind Armando (Tommy Chong) in the shop was showing the The Munsters (1964). See more »

Goofs

In the Medal Ceremony at the end of the movie, Lt. Penelope Carpenter uniform is incorrect, in fact, does not exist in its shown form. She would be wearing a dress shirt with a black tie with full sided decorations See more »

Quotes

Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton: Suck in that gut sailor!
Gruber: I'm totally sucked!
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Connections

Follows Alcoa Premiere: Seven Against the Sea (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Panama Tones/Nuevo Boogaloo
Written by Joe Cabral, Rene Coman (as J. Rene Coman), Rod Hodges, Derek Huston
Performed by The Iguanas
Courtesy of MCA Records
By arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Better than I thought
29 March 2003 | by sboyer@sbcglobal.netSee all my reviews

I just caught this movie on Encore. I'd never had much interest in seeing it based on the negative comments that have been made about it. It was much better than I (and a lot of other people) gave it credit for being. I came to the IMDB site because the credits went by too fast and I wanted to check some of the actors. I was surprised to find that so many people really disliked this film. First of all, I'd like to point out that the original show was fantasy. C'mon--does anyone really think that the series represented what it was like in the South Pacific during the Second World War? It also doesn't give you much of a starting point except the characters and their interactions. With apologies to Tim Conway, Joe Flynn, et. al., the original series had only one star--Ernest Borgnine. It was called McHale's Navy for a reason. So it's fitting that Tom Arnold should be the focus of the movie. I think they did keep to the spirit of the original series and, where these comments started, the movie was just as much a fantasy as the series was. In terms of the plot, it too kept with the spirit of the original series. For those of you looking for plot depth or profound characters missed the point of both the series and the movie. It was supposed to be entertainment, escapism, with a mild segue into reality. If you want something profound, watch Schindler's List or something by Kurasawa, or anything Shakespeare by Brannagh. But don't ask me to eat the same thing for dinner each night--I'll get tired of it and I'll yearn for cotton candy. Movies of this type are called "guilty pleasures." They're supposed to be fun. Having said that, one man's fun is another man's Bergman. This movie isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea but it isn't a bad movie. Just take it for what it is--a little bit of fun, a little bit of fantasy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doborowa jednostka See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,190,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,128,565, 20 April 1997

Gross USA:

$4,529,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,529,843
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1.85 : 1
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