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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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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
Following this incident, at a naval hearing 'LT Maryk' is charged with inciting a
An absorbing naval drama with many familiar faces from yesteryear, solid performances
from 'Humphrey Bogart' supported by 'Fred MacMurray' 'Van Johnson' and new-face
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'
Recently graduated Ensign Willie Keith (Robert Francis) arrives on board the Caine, and is disappointed to find not all is shipshape. Initially pleased when a new Captain arrives, it's not long before he and the rest of the crew realise Capt. Queeg (Bogart) is a paranoid tyrant, quick to find fault in others, and keen to hide his own failings.
Lt. Keefer (Fred MacMurray) urges Lt. Maryk to act. Things finally coming to a head during a violent storm, in the midst of which the titular 'mutiny' (or is it really?) occurs. When back on dry land the events at sea result in a court martial. Lt. Greenwald (Jose Ferrer), an inexperienced lawyer, is assigned to the defence.
Despite depicting a loony captain and a possible mutiny (which the film assures us has never actually happened in the US navy), the film clearly had US Navy help. The port and sea footage is good, although the story is perhaps initially a bit pedestrian (the romantic subplot seems like a red herring), only gradually livening up. The switch to courtroom drama is also a little clunky.
Young star on the rise Robert Francis was an unknown face. I subsequently found out that this was 'cause his career was cut short when he died in a plane crash, aged just 25. His central character is a bit too wet behind the ears and all-American for me. Bogey plays one of his least likeable characters. And both he, and even more so Ferrer, take their time to appear. Fred MacMurray and Van Johnson are both fine, giving solid if unremarkable performances. And a very young Lee Marvin plays the lowly 'Meatball'!
After some vacillating, I'm giving this just three stars, as I was rather disappointed. Most assuredly not a classic. But still worth seeing if you like Bogey and WWII movies, as I do..
It is, nevertheless, an absorbing story; well thought out, well directed, well acted. The ending is... unsatisfactory, as it should be. If there are no heroics, there shouldn't be a neat tying off of all loose ends. Nothing is black & white; no-one emerges from the final court-martial tarred & feathered or with shining haloes, not even Keefer, oddly enough.
It's not quite a 5* film, but it's not far off it. In the 21st Century, Bogart's probably the only recognisable name in it (Lee Marvin has a minor part). That should & does not detract from the quality of the performances. Every character is as believable as the story is; everything is as grey as the storm that proves the climactic trigger of that story. It's not quite a 5* film, but it is well worth adding to your film library.
Fred Macmurray is great as the subltle, clever Keefer who gets Maryk (Van Johnson) to do the dirty Work, and Bogart delivers a great performance as Queeg
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