Plot & Details
A Navy lieutenant longing to see some real wartime action enters into a battle of wills with the tyrannical ship captain in this live television production of playwright Joshua Logan's Tony Award-winning Broadway play. The year is 1945. War is raging in the Pacific, and Lt. Doug Roberts (Robert Hays) is torn between his devotion to serving his country, and his duty to serve his men. Lt. Roberts longs to see some real action, though the navy cargo ship he is sailing on couldn't be in more peaceful waters. As the eager lieutenant locks horns with his stubborn and unflinching Captain (Charles Durning), it quickly becomes apparent that not even the support of Ensign Pulver (Kevin Bacon) and Doc (Howard Hessman) will help in convincing the bull-headed Captain to change course and sail his crew into battle. As a result, Lt. Roberts finds himself in the precarious position of wanting to help his fellow countrymen win the war while simultaneously respecting the orders of his superiors.