Navy Seals (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Navy Seals (1990)



Critic Consensus: A non-winning military recruitment progaganda movie that happens to star Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn.

Movie Info

An elite unit of Navy commandos battles Arab terrorists in possession of a deadly arsenal.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Chuck Pfarrer, Gary Goldman, Kevin Jarre, Alvin Sargent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 14, 1998
Orion Home Video


Charlie Sheen
as Dale Hawkins
Michael Biehn
as James Curran
Joanne Whalley
as Claire Verens
Nicholas Kadi
as Ben Shaheed
Ronald G. Joseph
as Capt. Dunne
Richard Venture
as Adm. Colker
Mark Carlton
as Jim Elmore
Ira Wheeler
as Warren Stinson
Ron Faber
as Gen. Mateen
Bill Cort
as Elliott West
Randy Hall
as Navy SEAL #8
Duncan Smith
as EOD Officer
William Knight
as Submarine Captain
Marc Zuber
as Villa Hostage
Vic Tablian
as Terrorist
Adam Hussein
as Latanya Captain
George Jackos
as Druze Fighter
Ian Tyler
as Shepherd
John Pruitt
as Local TV Announcer
Tom Sean Foley
as Crewman C130
Titus Welliver
as Redneck in Bar
William Cort
as Elliott West
Greg McKinney
as U.S. Helicopter Pilo...
Rob Moran
as U.S. Helicopter Co-P...
Michael Halphie
as Israeli Intelligence...
Ezra Abraham
as Israeli Intelligence...
William Roberts
as Aircraft Carrier Off...
Michael Fitzpatrick
as Aircraft Carrier Off...
William Hubbard Knig...
as Submarine Captain
Gregory McKinney
as U.S. Helicopter Pilo...
Nayef Rashed
as Latanya Captain
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Critic Reviews for Navy Seals

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (11)

Unfortunately, [Teague is] working from a cliche-choked, insensitive script.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Director Teague does stage the action sequences with logic and clarity, though there isn`t much he can do with the dramatic passages.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The movie is full of macho swagger and unabashed hero-worship.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Navy Seals stands out among this summer's violence-oriented pictures as the only one that doesn't leave your brain feeling like mashed potatoes.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's difficult to accept these trained SEALs as anything more than a species of Dirty Dozen.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's the dullest action movie since The Green Berets.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Navy Seals


This is probably one of the best over the top kick ass gung ho testosterone filled alpha male fests. You want ice cool shade wearing showing off with ridiculously dangerous stunts then this is it. The cast is what really rocks here with a classic list of 80's action stars...Sheen, Biehn, Paxton and Rossovich, can't get much better than that right.

The plot is pretty much one set piece after another with little plot in between which normally would be poor but this film is practically a late entry in the 80's action genre so its easily forgiven. The plot tends to circle around the good guys trying to pick up these missiles before the bad guys (Middle Eastern chaps) can get a hold of em. A few hostage rescues in there too of course...God bless America etc...Its gloriously silly in places clearly leaning more towards a hyped up action man vibe over simulated realism...this film has a high popcorn count, no thinking required.

Well I say that but there is a small amount of semi realism here, these guys aren't totally inflated versions of SEAL's. The film does attempt to bring some real life issues into the fold from time to time, family problems etc...barely touched on but its there. There is of course the obligatory tension between certain members of the team at one point, Biehn being the by the books leader where as Sheen is his typical rebellious self.

Again this also leads to the obligatory death of a fellow team member due to Sheen's reckless actions in the field, its all very predictable and we've seen this type of thing before. Here its cheesed up to the max with Sheen getting out of control and becoming a loose cannon whilst the others must all band together and be even more macho and stoic than ever before. Watch those tanned jawlines clench as they bare the weight of their high profile responsibilities.

Plenty of flashy stunts, many witty one liners and quips and a suitably kick ass finale as the guys run around in war torn Beirut. Its not over the top with blood or profanity which shows you don't need that to be cool (Expendables take note), but it isn't for the younger viewers that's for sure (everything modern take note).

The films gives you exactly what you'd expect with a cast line up like this, pure slick action with extra man nipples. Think of this as the 'Top Gun' of cliched special forces macho porn, but its oh so good at the same time, undiluted awesomeness fuel.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


I've been meaning to watch this for years, had some of the big names of actions films from the 90's and 80's even. It has a very simple plot and to be honest doe's look a bit dated compared to more recent action films, not bad for the time it was made.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

The desperate search to find another branch of the services to undergo a Top Gun Treatment settles on naval commandos. American response to Middle Eastern terrorism is to send this bunch of larger louts in, knowing that whichever side ends up.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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