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Mister Roberts (Bilingual) [Import]

Henry Fonda , James Cagney , John Ford , Joshua Logan    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Henry Fonda re-created his Broadway hit for this 1955 film that was mostly directed by Fonda's frequent collaborator, John Ford (Young Mr. Lincoln, My Darling Clementine)--an ailing Ford was replaced at some point by Mervyn LeRoy--and the results are exceptionally fine. A perfect cast, including James Cagney's irascible captain, William Powell's thoughtful physician, and Jack Lemmon's Oscar-winning Ensign Pulver, give Fonda the right boost to portray his ennui-burdened officer with dignity, self-effacing humor, and not a trace of self-pity. A wonderful film. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie! Oct. 24 2003
The film "Mister Roberts" has everything.
Great Story, great cast, great meaning. If I had my choice of only a dozen movies to recommend to anyone, this would be one of them.
After fifty years, it's still an inspiring story of how sometimes small, seemingly insignificant details and the consideration of the human factor contribute to effective leadership.
In fact, this film is still in use as a motivational tool in the U.S. Naval Services.
I highly recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mundane Tasks Of War Oct. 11 2002
MISTER ROBERTS tells the story of the USS Reluctant and her crew. The ship carries cargo along a forgotten path in the pacific ocean during World War II. Beyond this waterway, the real battles of the war are passing them by. It is the job of Lieutenant Doug Roberts (Henry Fonda) to keep the bleary-eyed crew happy, while doing the mudane tasks of war, and to keep them away from their half-crazed Captin (James Cagney).
This real gem directed by John Ford and Merven LeRoy is based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Actor Jack Lemmon (One of my favorite performers of all time) makes quite an impression as a hapless Ensign named Pulver. While William Powell (in his last film) gives a
measured sense of dignity to Doc. MR. ROBERTS has such a stellar cast, after you watch the film, you can't imagine anyone else in those roles. For not having any battle scenes, the film, still manges to be one of the best WWII movies ever made, thanks to a great script and great cast .
MR. ROBERTS has humor, drama and an honesty that is quite rare. The film holds up well for being almost 50 years old
The DVD has a heartfelt Commentary from Lemmon that I will treasure always. There are 2 video excerpts, one features a tribute to the cast, and the other has Jane Fonda paying tribute to her father (discussing the play and the film). The disc also has 9 vintage theatrical trailers . For me though, hearing the late Jack Lemmon's comments makes the DVD, extra special...Highly Recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars From boredom to hilarity and nobility July 4 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Watching this again many years after I first saw it, I expected to be disappointed. After all, the great films of our youth sometimes turn out to be something less than we had imagined. But Mister Roberts does not disappoint. This is one of the gems of the American cinema, a poignant comedy featuring a multitudinously clever and delightful script by Frank Nugent and Joshua Logan from a novel by Thomas Heggen made into a play by Logan and Heggen that ran for many years on Broadway. The movie features sterling performances from Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Fonda is particularly brilliant in the kind of role from which legends are made. (He also played the part on Broadway.) You can take all your John Wayne classics and toss them overboard with the Captain's palm tree. Henry Fonda as Lt (j.g.) Doug Roberts, cargo officer of the USS Reluctant, shines forth as the noblest hero of them all. He is a quiet, strong, fair, courageous man in a story sure to mist up your eyes even if you're watching it for the twentieth time.
Jack Lemmon won a supporting Oscar for his performance as Ensign Pulver, a kind of lazy, but slyly resourceful Walter Mitty type who talks a great game but never follows through... James Cagney is the Captain, a sour, resentful man who mercilessly badgers Mister Roberts and grossly neglects the morale of his crew. He is just perfect. The way he bellows "Mister Roberts!" or way he trembles out the line, "Mister...Mister...this time you've gone too far" delights the audience. William Powell, in his last film, plays the ship's wise and ever diplomatic doc with graceful precision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true CLASSIC! May 30 2002
By jmk444
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great story...and with a cast that includes Henry Fonda in the title role, Jimmy Cagney as an irratable and envious Ship's Captain, Jack Lemmon as the immortalized Ensign Pulver and William Powell as the wordly ship's physician, it is a great film as well.
It's a tale that spins a number of universal stories, all at the same time. Primarily, it's the story of Mr. Roberts (Henry Fonda) stuck on a supply ship and bemoaning his missing the war. It's also the story of Cagney's character, an aging Captain, who's seen tons of "college boys" pass him over during his career. In Roberts, he sees the chance to even out the scales by keeping the college educated Roberts stuck on the USS Liberty. Moreover it's the story of Jack Lemmon's character, Ensign Pulver, who is forced to mature when he's thrust into the vacuum left after Mr. Roberts finally gets his transfer.
The backdrop for all this is the story of men under the stress of war...in the case of supply ships like the Liberty, that stress is set in the boredom, monotony and incessant hard labor with only rare and fleeting opportunities to blow off steam.
This is a great flick. It entertains us with the most entertaining subject of all...the flaws and foibles inherant in human nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the World War II era Jan. 7 2002
I watched this one again last night, and found it as entertaining as it was the first time I watched it. Henry Fonda depicted Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Douglas Roberts, the cargo officer on the Navy AK (cargo auxiliary) "Reluctant," referred to by her crew as "the bucket." Far behind the front lines of the war, Reluctant was charged with delivering "more toilet paper and toothpaste" than any other ship in the Navy to island outposts in the Pacific.

The dim-witted, hateful captain was acted by James Cagney--a different type of role than he usually played. He was superb! Jack Lemmon was Ensign Pulver, a lazy youngster with a juvenile attitude who was afraid of the captain. William Powell played the ship's doctor.

All of the parts were played magnificently, and the story was beautifully filmed. Pure entertainment.

The only criticism I have of the film is the moral behind the story. It makes Fonda a hero because he was a lousy officer who was chummy with the crew and hostile to his captain. Granted, the captain was supposed to be a vicious, nasty, small-minded tyrant, like the captain in "The Caine Mutiny," or Bligh in "Mutiny on the Bounty." But whatever the captain's temperament, a good naval officer would have tried to support him, or at the very least kept silent. To undercut his authority and incite disrespect for him is destructive to discipline, and on a naval vessel--in fact, throughout the navy--discipline is what makes the service an effective fighting force. The story must have been written by a civilian.

But, it was good entertainment, nonetheless.

Joseph H. Pierre, USN (Ret.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars War Time Classic
Mr. Roberts is a classic World War II movie, with big stars and a great story line detailing life at sea away from the action and the glory. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2011 by Sea Tiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Four 1/2 stars for a good film,just TWO stars for the print!
Based on the /46 novel and a /48 Broadway play of the same name,Mister Roberts came to the screen in July of/55. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2009 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but Goodie
Mister Roberts (Widescreen)

This is an excellent comedy, with a top-notch cast. It hasn't lost its appeal, despite its age(1955).
Published on July 14 2009 by Blackie
2.0 out of 5 stars Review is of DVD - Not the movie
Given the "classic" status of this movie, it seems meaningless to discuss the content for this review. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Yarby
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I loved this movie when I saw it many years ago, it's timeless and still funny after all these years. I'm so glad it's available on DVD and now part of my movie collection.
Published on July 15 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Whooo did it?! Whooo did it?!
Fonda, Cagney, Powell, & Lemmon! This is one of my favorites. A captain bligh type (Cagney) is stood up to by the first officer (Fonda), until a deal it cut so the men can... Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by JediMack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great war movie although it's not about the aspect of war that we usually see in Hollywood. There's an explosion, but it's not from enemy action. Read more
Published on May 31 2003 by Ken Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of the all time great movies highly recommended!
Published on Dec 28 2002 by "louandchrisbooksplus"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of the all time great movies highly recommended!
Published on Dec 28 2002 by "louandchrisbooksplus"
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One of the all time great movies highly recommended!
Published on Dec 28 2002 by "louandchrisbooksplus"
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