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Damn the Defiant! (1962)

H.M.S. Defiant (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 15 April 1962 (UK)
On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary Wars, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lt. Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

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Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)
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Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter ...
Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill ...
Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson ...
Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ...
Pardoe
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Hayes
Peter Greenspan ...
Johnson
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Vizard
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Evans
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Dawlish
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Sgt. Kneebone
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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 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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The cry was MUTINY... and the decks ran red!... See more »


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Like many British actors of their generation, Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde and Anthony Quayle were veterans of World War II and served with distinction. However, the film reverses their ranks. Major Bogarde and Major Quayle both outranked Sublieutenant Guinness in reality. See more »

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In the last scene, Alec Guinness orders all larboard (left side) guns to bear on the fire ship. In the next shot, the starboard (right side) cannon fire. Ironically, the term "larboard" was changed by the navy into the current term "port" precisely because it was too easy to mistake it for starboard. See more »

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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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Opening credits prologue: SPITHEAD, ENGLAND 1797 See more »

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excellent
16 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I had a chance to catch this well-known film for the first time on the "Action" cable channel and was very impressed all around - script, acting, direction, authenticity, pacing, the whole nine yards. This is a really engrossing story rooted in history with bold characters and lots of naval action; just a rip-snorting good adventure story of a very high calabre. The scenes of 180th century naval action are some of the most impressive I have seen (a letterbox release would be of great benefit in this regard). Guinness is up to his usual high standard, abetted by fine work from Bogarde and Quayle. The tension of the dramatic line never lets up until the heroic conclusion. The movie inspired to do some reading into the story of the Spithead Mutiny, on which the movie is based. Highly recommended.


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