McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy (1997)
Title: McHale's Navy
Genres: Comedy
Directed by: Bryan Spicer
Written by: Peter Crabbe; Andy Rose
Produced by: Tom Arnold; Conrad Hool; Lance Hool; Perry Katz; Bill Sheinberg; Jonathan Sheinberg; Sid Sheinberg
Music by: Dennis McCarthy
Cinematography: Buzz Feitshans, IV
Edited by: Russell Denove
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released: April 18th, 1997
Rating: PG
Running time: 108 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $31,190,000
Gross: $4,529,843

McHale's Navy is an American feature film of the comedy genre. It was directed by Bryan Spicer, with a screenplay written by Peter Crabbe based on a story treatment by Crabbe and Andy Rose. It was produced by Sheinberg Productions and The Bubble Factory and released through Universal Pictures. It premiered in the United States on April 18th, 1997. The movie is based on the McHale's Navy television series, which aired on ABC from 1962 to 1966. The film stars Tom Arnold as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, Dean Stockwell as his military rival, Captain Wallace B. Binghampton, Debra Messing as Lieutenant Penelope Carpenter, David Alan Grier as Ensign Charles Parker, Tim Curry as the antagonist, Major Vladikov, and Ernest Borgnine as Cobra.

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Cast Edit

Actor Role
Tom Arnold Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale, Jr.
Dean Stockwell Captain Wallace B. Binghampton
Debra Messing Lieutenant Penelope Carpenter
David Alan Grier Ensign Charles Parker
Tim Curry Major Vladikov
Ernest Borgnine Cobra
Bruce Campbell Virgil
French Stewart Happy
Danton Stone Gruber
Brian Haley Christy
Henry Cho Willie
Anthony Jesse Cruz Roberto Valenzuela
Honorato Magaloni Fidel Castro
Guillermo Rios Jose
Eduardo López Rojas Gonzales
Tom Ayers Henchman Carl
Scott Cleverdon David
Robert Schuch Boat henchman
Tommy Chong Armando/Ernesto
Francisco Mauri Doctor
Juan Rebolledo Juan
Diego Vazquez Lozano Rey
Lucy Moreno Hermina
Mineko Mori Mystic woman
Luis Lemus Sergeant
Alejandro Reyes Manuel
Alex Cole Guard
Joe Keyes Officer
Tomas Leal Monkey owner
Luisa Huertas Nurse
Joe Minjares Pharmacist/Barber
Fima Noveck Russian leader
Eric Champnella Stan
John Pyper-Ferguson Interrupting henchman
Anthony Azizi Bad news henchman
Bryan Spicer Unclucky henchman
Erick Avari European leader
James Hong Asian leader

Appearances Edit


  • Quinton McHale, Jr.
  • Wallace B. Binghampton
  • Penelope Carpenter
  • Charles Parker
  • Vladikov
  • Cobra, Quinton McHale, Sr.
  • Virgil
  • Happy
  • Gruber
  • Christy
  • Willie
  • Roberto Valenzuela
  • Castro
  • Jose
  • Gonzales
  • David
  • Armando
  • Ernesto
  • Juan
  • Rey
  • Hermina
  • Manuel
  • Stan


  • Carribean
  • Cuba
  • San Moreno
  • San Ysidro
  • Arlington
  • The Pentagon


  • Rocket launcher
  • Torpedo



  • Helicopter
  • Motorcycle
  • PT 73

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Notes Edit

  • Scenes from McHale's Navy were filmed in Jalisco, Mexico and Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. [2]
  • With a gross of only $4,529,843, McHale's Navy proved to be a box office disaster, and was universally panned by critics.

Fun Facts Edit

  • Taglines for this film include, "He's under siege and out of control", and "Dare to rock the boat".
  • The revelation at the end of the film that Cobra is actually McHale's father, Quinton McHale, Sr., establishes that this film is not a remake, but a continuation of the McHale's Navy television series.

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References Edit

  1. IMDB; McHale's Navy (1997); Box office & business.
  2. IMDB; McHale's Navy (1997); Filming locations.