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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Approved | | Drama, War | 24 June 1954 (USA)
When a U.S. 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 World War II, the crew of a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet experience an event unlike any event ever experience by the United States Navy. A Ship's Captain is removed from command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfold, it is learned that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Navy must decide if the Caine Mutiny was 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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Humphrey Bogart as Queeg... the Captain and the cause of "Caine Mutiny" See more »

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Drama | War

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24 June 1954 (USA)  »

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Authority and Rebellion  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,750,000 (USA)
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One of 1954's biggest money makers, second only to White Christmas (1954), which featured José Ferrer's wife, Rosemary Clooney. See more »

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In Wouk's novel, Queeg identifies himself as being a 1936 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, which would make his age about 30 when he assumed command of the Caine in September, 1943 (November in the film), or roughly a quarter century younger than 54-year old Bogart was when he played him. ("The Caine Mutiny", p. 131: After a moment of silent sipping De Vriess said, "You're class of '34?" "Thirty-six," said Queeg. De Vriess knew this. He also knew Queeg's precedence number, his class standing, and several other facts about him. But it was a nice point of etiquette to simulate ignorance. It was a courtesy, too, to place Queeg by mistake in an earlier class; it implied that Queeg was obtaining a command for which he was rather young. "They're moving you fellows up now pretty fast.") In the screenplay, Queeg states in his wardroom meeting with the Caine's officers on the day he took command of the ship in Peal Harbor, that he had spent the previous seven years (1936-43) serving at sea in the Atlantic, which included the first two years of the war. ("I've had seven tough years in the Atlantic. Believe you me they made the last two mighty interesting. The way those subs ganged up on us I thought they had it in for me personally.") He later also tells Maryk and Keefer that he had been "a lowly Ensign on a cruiser" at the time of the stolen cheese incident in 1937. See more »

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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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Opening credits prologue: "There has never been a mutiny in a ship of The United States Navy. The truths of this film lie not in its incidents but in the way a few men meet the crisis of their lives."

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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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"There's the right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way—and if you do things my way, we'll get along!"

Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) was simply a man who had seen too much of war… With the excitable tendency of rolling a pair of steel balls in his hand, he censures the error of incorrectness on everything but himself falling as an easy victim to the intrigues of self-serving officers who felt that their panicked captain is mentally not suitable to command the ship…

A subplot, seeming to lack common sense, between two young lovers (Robert Francis and May Wynn) only served to lessen the concentration and distract our attention from the real story… Also, at the court-martial, a long trial sequence, was clearly anticlimactic, though it included the film's most tense and unforgettable scene, that of Queeg disintegrating as he pronounced his statement…

But we had noticed it all before, after all, aboard the Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Caine… We had seen Queeg as a strict disciplinarian and a compulsive, unstable commander, earning, in his limited imagination, the total disregard of both officers and crew… So we knew what would occur when he got on the witness stand…

"The Caine Mutiny" is a splendid character study, a tale of bravery and cowardice at odds with one another… The film received seven Academy Award nominations included one to Humphrey Bogart who delivered a terrific performance…


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