Mister Roberts
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Henry Fonda returned to films after an eight-year absence in this masterful adaptation of the actor's Broadway hit Mister Roberts. Written and partially directed by Joshua Logan, the film stars Fonda as Lt. Doug Roberts, chief cargo officer of the supply ship "Reluctant." WW2 is in its last few months, and Roberts is itching for combat duty. But the Reluctant's surly, despotic captain (James Cagney), anxious to use Roberts to expedite his own promotion, refuses to sign any of Roberts' transfer requests. Helping to brighten Mister Roberts' humdrum existence are his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"A strikingly superior entertainment."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"WWII dramedy is a true American classic."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"The success of the uninspired movie is a testament to star performances from the talented cast rather than to the film's directors."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mister Roberts is a pleasant diversion but not a lot more."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"James Cagney is simply great as the captain of the ship."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Still an expert mix of sentiment, comedy, patriotism and anarchy."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Based on the stage hit, Fonda's most popular war movie casts him as the action-driven first officer of the Reluctant, a cargo ship miles away from the battle zone whose route is described by him as "from tedium to apathy" and back again."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The setting is a supply ship in the war torn Pacific, but there's little action and the piece soon wears out what little welcome it might have had."
‑ , Film4
"The acting is the only reason to watch it."
‑ , Time Out
"This stodgy film version of the famous Broadway success was one performance too many."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mister Roberts is a movie dedicated to anyone with a boring dead end job who wants to be a hero and has to decide whether to live honorably anyway."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Moving, funny film version of the play."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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