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  • Actors: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer
  • Directors: John Ford, Joshua Logan, Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Joshua Logan, Frank S. Nugent, Thomas Heggen
  • Producers: Leland Hayward
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 19 2006
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000FZETR0
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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 --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

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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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Based on the /46 novel and a /48 Broadway play of the same name,Mister Roberts came to the screen in July of/55.A good movie and a TV staple since the 60s(actually remade into a short lived TV series then),you would think Warner Brothers would have had the chutzpah to release it to DVD in a little better condition than they have here;but more on that later.
The movie stars James Cagney as Capt.Morton,Henry Fonda as Mister Roberts,Jack Lemmon as Ensign Pulver,William Powell as Doc and a wonderful cast of supporting players.
The story takes place in WW2 aboard a supply ship which plies the back waters of the Pacific.Mister Roberts desperately wants into the war having had it with being a bridesmaid but never a bride,so to speak.Every week he hands in a transfer request to the irrascable Capt.Morton and every week it's rejected.This goes on throughout the whole movie and at one point Roberts makes a bargain with the Captain to stop writing transfers so the crew would finally get their first shore leave in over a year.Pulver is a general no show around the ship,preferring to stick in his cabin and planning to do things he never carries out.By total accident he bumps into the Captain who doesn't even know he's been aboard the ship for 14 months!As the film winds along we see and easily sympathize with the crew and Roberts'frustration at the actions and taciturn nature and demeanour of the Captain.In the end Roberts finally gets a transfer off the ship,but suffers a cruel twist of fate.
The movie moves at a good clip generally and the personnels' various frustrations with their superiors and /or themselves builds nicely throughout.
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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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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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