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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 June 1954 (USA)
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When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

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During the Second World War, onboard a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet, an event occurs unlike any that the United States Navy has ever experianced. A Ship's Captain is removed from his command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfold, it is then learned that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Navy must then decide: was the Caine Mutiny a criminal act? Or an act of courage to save a ship from destruction at the hands of her Captain. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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24 June 1954 (USA)  »

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Authority and Rebellion  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The USS Caine was played by the Navy destroyer-minesweeper USS Thompson (DD-627/DMS-38) named in honor of Robert M Thompson. DD-627 provided close-in gun fire support on D-Day. DMS-38 served in the Korean War and was decommissioned a year after her role in this movie. See more »

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Lt. Barney Greenwald arrives to the court building in a post-war Jeep. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Admiral: And so today you are full-fledged ensigns. Three short months ago you assembled here from all parts of the nation, from all walks of life: field, factory, office and college campus. Each of you knew what the fighting was about, or you wouldn't have volunteered. Each of you knew that the American way of life must be defended by life itself. From here on your education must continue in the more demanding school of actual war. Wearing the gold stripe of ensign in the United States ...
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The dedication of this film is simple - To the United States Navy. See more »

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Spoofed in The Jack Benny Program: The Giant Mutiny (1954) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by officers of The Caine
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Bogie loses his marbles...the strawberries are missing!
15 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart received an Oscar nomination for 'The Caine Mutiny' as the eccentric Captain Queeg who finally collapses under pressure. The story leading up to his downfall is an engrossing one--and more complex than any surface description can convey. That's what makes this such a fascinating movie. Nothing is what it seems. No character is painted in black or white strokes--but beneath the surface lies deception, especially in Lt. Keefer (Fred MacMurray). Usually a lightweight actor, MacMurray delivers one of the film's craftiest performances. So does Van Johnson as the decent executive officer who takes over the controls when Queeg snaps. As many have pointed out, the only true weakness of the film is the attention given to a budding romance between Robert Francis and May Wynn which does nothing to advance the plot. The complex drama ends with a stunning courtroom scene in which Jose Ferrer gets a chance to do some heavy emoting. Max Steiner's score includes a jaunty, catchy main theme but is otherwise not one of his most interesting scores. An excellent film that makes you think how things might have been if--if only...but then there would have been no story. All in all, quite an achievement, well worth your time. The book by Herman Wouk was worth reading too.


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