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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,750,000 (USA)
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Claude Akins and 'Lee Marvin' (qwv) ("Horrible" and "Meatball") also appeared together in The Raid (1954), The Killers (1964), The Dick Powell Theatre: Epilogue (1963) and General Electric Theater: The Doctors of Pawnee Kill (1957)). See more »

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When Ens. Keith arrives on the Caine, Lt. Keefer asks for his orders which Keith hands over. Lt. Keefer then gives them to a seaman who disappears with them. On the way to DeVriess' quarters, Keefer and Keith walk down a passageway and no envelope is seen in Keith's or Keefer's hand, yet when they walk through the doorway, the orders are back in Keith's hand. 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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May Wynn was not the actress's real name. She merely adopted it after playing the character May Wynn in this film. 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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Bogart's Best Movie
17 November 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

When I was a Seaman at Memphis in the 1970's, I was doing night duty at the Enlisted Men's Club, the sailors watched only two movies: "The Caine Mutiny" and "Mr. Roberts." They would rather watch those two movies on television than drink or listen to music.

"The Caine Mutiny" is one of the best ensemble movies ever made; also, it is the last great war movie. Back in the studio days in Hollywood, you could afford to have many top leading actors in one movie. All the actors gave great performances in this movie, but the actors Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Tom Tully, and Robert Francis gave their best performances.

Humphrey Bogart gave a performance that was totally unlike himself. Most of his performances were part of his colorful personality. In "The Caine Mutiny", he was nothing like the paranoid Navy captain. Fred MacMurray plays another great heel, and Jose Ferrer plays another heroic, dashing guy.

The Academy Awards should have an award for best ensemble acting. "The Caine Mutiny" would have won that award hands down!


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