Damn the Defiant! (1962)
"H.M.S. Defiant" (original title)

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Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Crawford
Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)
Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter ...
Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill ...
Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson ...
Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ...
Ray Brooks ...
Peter Greenspan ...
Victor Maddern ...
Bryan Pringle ...
Sgt. Kneebone


Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence increases. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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Release Date:

15 April 1962 (UK)  »

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Damn the Defiant!  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alec Guinness made this movie during the two month break in the shooting of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), when the production moved from Jordan to Spain. Upon finishing "Damn the Defiant!" Guinness resumed his role of Prince Faisal. See more »


As the second sailor is buried at sea you can see a rope tied to the body leading back along the ship. Obviously so they can haul the dummy back on board after the scene ends. See more »


Lieut. Scott-Padget: What is your name?
Wagstaffe: Wagstaffe. Percival Pallister Wagstaffe.
Lieut. Scott-Padget: Wagstaffe? Are you by any chance related to Admiral Wagstaffe?
Wagstaffe: Remotely, yes. He's a distant cousin.
Lieut. Scott-Padget: But he would speak for you?
Wagstaffe: Well, I'm quite sure that he...
Lieut. Scott-Padget: Admiral Wagstaffe - how well do you know him?
Wagstaffe: Intimately.
Lieut. Scott-Padget: You visit his house?
Wagstaffe: Oh, yes, often.
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Wooden World
13 December 2001 | by (RENNES, FRANCE) – See all my reviews

This movie is an excellent exploration of the effect that a divided command structure has on the workings of a ship. The characters are well cast and fully developed. We are taken into the workings of the ship and see more idyllic view of life in the wooden world that we saw in the Gregory Peck, Hornblower.

The plot line is good and for people like me who love wooden ships, the scenes of the ships and the naval battles are supurb. If one likes Hornblower or Maturin this is a movie you need to own. The transfer to DVD came out well (I also owned this one on a beta tape) and it is one of those core movies for the history buff.

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