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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 June 1954 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »


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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 experienced 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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Fred MacMurray as Keefer... the brain who plotted "The Caine Mutiny" See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

24 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Authority and Rebellion  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Widmark was chosen for the lead role, but Producer Stanley Kramer wanted Humphrey Bogart. See more »


Just before the Caine runs over the target towline, Queeq is on the bridge chewing out Willie and Keefer due to "Horrible" having his shirt untucked. The film shifts to show the target being run over, then immediately goes back to Queeg and company on the bridge - "Horrible's" shirt is suddenly neatly tucked in. (Seconds before, Queeq had even ordered him not to tuck it in.) See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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."

THE TIME - WORLD WAR II . . . See more »


Referenced in Rock Monster (2008) See more »


The 'Caine Mutiny' March
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One of the best movies ever!
27 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

My memories of this film are formed from a long time ago. I was about 10 or eleven when I first saw this film and my impressions of it have never changed from that day to this. In my opinion it is probably one of the best films ever made. From the opening sequence to the last frame , it is a gripping tale of how humans react when under intense pressure and when lives are a stake. I feel that Humphrey Bogart's performance underlines the ongoing brilliance of this incredible actor, he plays this part to perfection. It is worth noting that compared to modern movies of the same genre, it is hard to find a performance that stands up to Bogart's skill in this role. I actually preferred this role to his generally acknowledged high in Casablanca! I cannot leave this short review without mentioning Jose Ferrer's supporting role as the Naval Defense lawyer. Quite simply it was and remains masterful - a consummate performance! I highly recommend this movie and would expect that it is in the top 100 movies ever made.

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