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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Robert Francis
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Writers: Herman Wouk, Michael Blankfort, Stanley Roberts
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sept. 1999
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D0H9
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nominated for seven Academy Awards® in 1954, including Best Picture and Best Actor, THE CAINE MUTINY is a classic film about the unstable Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) and his tumultuous command of an old minesweeper and her weary crew. On the high seas during the dramatic battles of World War II, Queeg’s by-the-book approach pushes his crew and his popular second-in-command, Lt. Maryk (Van Johnson), to the breaking point. After a series of questionable orders, Maryk confronts Queeg when he orders the ship directly into the path of a deadly typhoon. Maryk invokes naval code and relieves Queeg of his command, forcing the crew to mutiny. Once safely back in port, Maryk is court-martialed for treason, setting off a tense trial that exposes the true state of Queeg’s mind. Nominated for Best Actor, Humphrey Bogart gives a searing performance as he is systematically broken down in this classic tale of military conduct in a time of war.

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Humphrey Bogart is heartbreaking as the tragic Captain Queeg in this 1954 film, based on a novel by Herman Wouk, about a mutiny aboard a navy ship during World War II. Stripped of his authority by two officers under his command (played by Van Johnson and Robert Francis) during a devastating storm, Queeg becomes a crucial witness at a court martial that reveals as much about the invisible injuries of war as anything. Edward Dmytryk (Murder My Sweet, Raintree County) directs the action scenes with a sure hand and nudges his all-male cast toward some of the most well-defined characters of 1950s cinema. The courtroom scenes alone have become the basis for a stage play (and a television movie in 1988), but it is a more satisfying experience to see the entire story in context. --Tom Keogh

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2014
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'Ensign Willie Keith's first assignment is on the undisciplined 'rust-bucket'
the 'SS' Caine' a minesweeper, he is obviously disappointed with his appointment.
The serving Commander is replaced by 'Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg' who is
a disciplinarian who follows 'the book' to the letter.
However whilst he is openly critical of the officers serving under him he accepts
little in the way of responsibility for his own shortcomings.
His decisions throw doubt into the minds of officers and crew alike.
Things come to a head during a cyclone in which the ship and it's crew are at risk,
2nd in command 'Lt Steve Maryk' takes command saving the 'Caine' from almost
certain floundering.
Following this incident, at a naval hearing 'LT Maryk' is charged with inciting a
mutiny,
An absorbing naval drama with many familiar faces from yesteryear, solid performances
from 'Humphrey Bogart' supported by 'Fred MacMurray' 'Van Johnson' and new-face
'Robert Francis'
Picture and sound quality benefiting from the HD upgrade.
A MOVIE WELL WORTH RE-VISITING.
As you might expect there is little in the way of additional features, except for
'Commentary from 'Richard Pena' and 'Ken Bowser' along with 'Behind the Caine'
mutinit' featurette.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By john souray on 24 Mar. 2005
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I don't want to take issue with the claim that Bogart is the best actor in the cast (review above), but you can't overlook the underrated Fred McMurray (yes, as in Flubber and the TV series My Three Sons). Lovers of the novel will know that it is Keefer, not Queeg (Bogart) who is the real villain. At the end of the day, Queeg is no more than an ordinary man promoted beyond his competence; it is the cynical, superficially witty novelist Keefer who provokes the mutiny, and having led less clever, more honest men to this dangerous end, carefully distances himself from any responsibility. McMurray turns in the slimiest of performances, outdoing even his overbearing bullying boss in Wilder's The Apartment (with Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine). A truly memorable screen villain, all the more powerful for coming from an actor better known for light comedy.
Jose Ferrer, as the defence counsel, Greenwald, deserves an honourable mention as well. No mere two hour film could do justice to the richness and subtlety of Wouk's novel, but this is as decent a stab as you could hope for.
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By Olav on 21 Jun. 2015
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We follow a young ensign from a rich family (one of the infamous 90-day wonders) as he gets his first comission aboard a minesweeper. He has issues with his domineering mother, but little is made of that other than that he has a little too much respect for people in a position of power. After a few scrapes with the Caine's original captain, he is delighted to hear that they'll get a new captain, namely Queeg. Queeg strikes you as tough but fair at first, but it soon becomes evident that he is anything but. The middle third of the film is a blow-by-blow account of how Queeg slowly comes unglued, and how he tries to assert control by more and more absurd means. It culminates in the eponymous mutiny, and a trial follows.

This film is a rare treat. Like "12 o'clock high" it's about the strain of combat and command. Humphrey Bogart's Captain Queeg is painted as a vain and slightly paranoid officer that is beginning to crack. I think this might be his most nuanced and complex portrayal of any of his characters, and I must admit that my admiration for him increased sharply after seeing this movie.

The best part of the movie is the trial and the impassioned speech Jose Ferrer makes when the trial is over and done with.

I don't really see the point of including the romance, and the acting is at times wooden. I subtracted one star for that, and for the few flagwaving moments thrown in there to appease the navy. (At least, that's what I suspect.)

Those minor points aside, I can easily recommend the movie for most adult audiences. It's fun to see a young Lee Marvin in a minor part as Sailor "Meatball". The actor later portraying sgt. Joe Friday in Dragnet (the TV series) also has a minor part.
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By still searching TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Caine Mutiny was adapted from bestselling novel of the same name published in 1951, coincidentally the same year Nicholas Monsarrat published The Cruel Sea, which was also made into a film and released a year before the `Caine'. Both, of course, dealt with similar subject matter; life on a small naval ship in combat during World War II and the trials and considerable tribulations of the officers and crew. And both feature very strong central performances from the actors playing the ships' captains; Humphrey Bogart, in the case of the Caine, and Jack Hawkins, in the case of Compass Rose in the Cruel Sea.

But to focus on the Caine, although it is through the eyes of young Ensign Willie Keith that we witness the gradual disintegration of the ship's captain, it is the performance of Fred McMurray playing communications officer, Lieutenant Tom Keefer, which really catches the eye in this film and is central to all the action that subsequently unfolds aboard the ill-fated USS Caine. It is Keefer who first gives voice to the suspicions that the officers and crew are beginning to have about the increasingly bizarre behaviour of their captain and it is Keefer, who, expert in the role of agent provocateur, and ever so subtly at first, incites executive officer Lieutenant Maryck (Van Johnson) to forcibly assume the role of ship's captain over the objections of the officially appointed skipper, Lieutenant Commander Queeg (Bogart), when the latter seems certain to sink the ship in a typhoon when he `freezes' under severe stress.

The only literally discordant note in the entire production is, unfortunately, the dreadfully inappropriate triumphalist score by Max Steiner!
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