The Extraordinary Seaman

The Extraordinary Seaman is a 1969 American comedy war film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Carter.[1] Apart from his participation in the documentaries That's Entertainment! (1974), and That's Entertainment! III (1994), the movie is notable for being the last film Mickey Rooney acted in which was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Cinematography is by Lionel Lindon.

The Extraordinary Seaman
Directed byJohn Frankenheimer
Produced byEdward Lewis
Screenplay byPhillip Rock
Hal Dresner
StarringDavid Niven
Faye Dunaway
Alan Alda
Mickey Rooney
Jack Carter
Music byMaurice Jarre
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


A ghostly British naval officer (Niven) persuades four members of the American Navy to launch an attack on Japanese positions, hoping to redeem the family honor and his own tattered record from the First World War. He had been condemned to sail the seas forever after falling down drunk before his first battle in the Great War. With his typical luck he actually succeeds in sinking a Japanese naval vessel -- after it had officially surrendered to the US Navy. As a result, he is seen again consigned to sailing his ship forever, this time in a children's amusement park lake, to await another chance at redemption.


This movie was widely panned by the critics and barely achieved any kind of a commercial release. Director John Frankenheimer said in an interview that of all the films he directed this was his least favorite. He said it was the only movie he ever made that he considered "an absolute disaster from beginning to end".


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