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Director:
Writers:
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
15 April 1962 (UK) See more »
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The cry was MUTINY... and the decks ran red!... See more »
Plot:
Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Great Mutiny of 1797 See more (24 total) »

Cast

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Alec Guinness ... Captain Crawford

Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)

Nigel Stock ... Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter ... Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill ... Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson ... Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ... Pardoe
Ray Brooks ... Hayes
Peter Greenspan ... Johnson

Anthony Quayle ... Vizard

Tom Bell ... Evans

Murray Melvin ... Wagstaffe
Victor Maddern ... Dawlish
Bryan Pringle ... Sgt. Kneebone
Johnny Briggs ... Wheatley
Brian Phelan ... Grimshaw
Toke Townley ... Silly Billy
Declan Mulholland ... Morrison
Walter Fitzgerald ... Admiral Jackson
Joy Shelton ... Mrs. Crawford
Anthony Oliver ... Tavern Leader
Russell Napier ... Flag Captain
Michael Coles ... Flag Lieutenant
André Maranne ... Colonel Giraud (as Andre Maranne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Bolam ... Midshipman Assisting in Operation (uncredited)
Tom Bowman ... Bosun (uncredited)

Dick Gregory ... Purser (uncredited)
Ann Lynn ... Young wife whose husband is pressed (uncredited)
Endre Muller ... French Captain (uncredited)
James Sharkey ... Venetian Captain (uncredited)
Harry Webster ... Flagship Sailor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)

Frank Tilsley (novel "Mutiny")

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Douglas Peirce .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Clifton Parker 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Hunt  (as Peter Hunt)
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lawson 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist (as Fred Williamson)
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Richard B. Goodwin .... production manager (as Richard Goodwin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Jim Brennan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Robert Porter .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Claude Watson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bill Dennison .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Percy Godbold .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Bill MacLaren .... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Picton .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ted Tester .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
H.L. Bird .... sound recordist
Red Law .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... dubbing editor (as Win Ryder)
Sandy Fairlie .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Widdows .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects supervisor
Ernie Sullivan .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Skeets Kelly .... model photography (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Dempster .... camera operator
Robin Browne .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bert Cann .... stills (uncredited)
Roy Ford .... focus puller (uncredited)
John Jordan .... focus puller (uncredited)
Jack Roche .... camera grip (uncredited)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... focus puller: second camera (uncredited)
Jack Sullivan .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Duncan McPhee .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Crome .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Norman Wanstall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
William Hobbs .... fight arranger
Robert Porter .... location manager
Marguerite Green .... production secretary (uncredited)
Archie Holley .... production accountant (uncredited)
Enid Jones .... publicist (uncredited)
A.J. Villiers .... ship captain (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"H.M.S. Defiant" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Eastman Color)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2002) | USA:Approved (PCA #19849) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Last film role of Joy Shelton.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Lieut. Scott-Padget:Ship's company ready to witness punishment, sir.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "War of 1812" (1999)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Great Mutiny of 1797, 26 September 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

In April 1789 Captain William Bligh was set adrift off the Friendly Islands by Fletcher Christian and the crew of H.M.S. Bounty, tired of Bligh's bad temper and harsh tongue. Bligh and the loyal crew members (except two killed by cannibals on one island they stopped at) managed to sail the open boat 2,100 miles despite lack of supplies and dangerous seas and weather to safety. Bligh returned to England, and eventually made a second trip to Tahiti to complete his original mission. Christian and most of the Bounty mutineers fled on the Bounty and reached Pitcairn Island, where their descendants live to this day.

The mutiny on the Bounty is the one that most people think of whenever they hear the word "mutiny". Otherwise they think of THE CAINE MUTINY. Actually there have been many mutinies. In 1905 a mutiny on the Russian battleship Potemkin occurred at Odessa on the Black Sea. It was immortalized by Serge Eisenstein in his film of the name POTEMKIN.

It surprises many people outside of England that the Bounty was peanuts compared to the Great Mutiny of 1797 at the Nore and Spithead of the entire British fleet (also the 1931 Invergordon Mutiny of the British fleet during the depression, which was a total surprise). The Great Mutiny is supreme because it occurred just when England was facing revolutionary France in the French Revolutionary Wars. A force being planned by Wolfe Tone and the French General Lazare Hoche was to invade Ireland. By sheer chance the French were unable to take advantage of the moment of England's peril to invade.

The 1797 Mutiny at Spithead was actually successful - various gains in pay and food were made by the sailors. Then came the Nore Mutiny, which was led by a seaman of some leadership qualities named Richard Parker. Parker's demands were impossible, and he apparently toyed with leading the fleet to France. Instead the British Admiralty got tough, and crushed the mutiny. Ironically one of the last ships to give up was H.M.S. Director, which was commanded by William Bligh. It was the second mutiny (of three!) that Bligh would face in his career. Parker was tried for mutiny and executed, as were dozens of other sailors.

It would be nice if some enterprising producer would make an accurate film of the 1797 Mutiny - but until that day comes we are left with two films that roughly approximate the story. There is Peter Ustinov's BILLY BUDD, which is set in the period of the Great Mutiny, and this one. BILLY BUDD has much going for it regarding it's source material (Herman Melville's brilliant study of good and evil, and how they are impossible to separate). Then there is DAMN THE DEFIANT / H.M.S. DEFIANT, which tells the story from the point of view of a single vessel and the evils that permeated all the crew from the Captain to the tars.

Alec Guinness is a well meaning but weak leader who is the Captain of Defiant, and has been stuck with Dirk Bogarde as his new second in command, a socially well-connected sadist. Bogarde is determined to be the real commander of the ship, and is willing to do what is needed to bring Guinness and everyone in sight under heal. Guinness's son is a midshipman on the DEFIANT, and Bogarde keeps finding ways of punishing the young man that Guinness (because of fears of favoritism) will not interfere with. On top of this, during one battle, Guinness loses an arm (a salute to Lord Nelson who was similarly was crippled).

However, the men led by Anthony Quayle, decide to join the mutiny. And then it is Bogarde's turn to sweat.

What were the gripes of the mutineers? Low pay (the government spent money on bribes for votes, but not decent pay). Nothing like pensions for the men - frequently kidnapped by press gangs in the major cities - and left cripples after serving in the naval battles. Food was crap - the quartermasters and the people who sold supplies were in cahoots and sold rotten food to the ships. It was a "lovely life". The wonder is that there weren't more bloodbath mutinies. One (in 1798) on board H.M.S. Hermoine led to the murder of a dozen officers, including the Captain (one Hugh Pigott). Reading of it makes one realize how lucky Bligh and the Admirals were that they did not face the real wrath that was just under the surface.

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