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Damn the Defiant! -- The commander (Alec Guinness) of a British warship must battle Napoleon's fleet and his own mutinous crew.

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Director:
Writers:
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
15 April 1962 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Wonderful acting in this seagoing tale See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
Doreen Landry .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
A.J. Villiers .... ship captain (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
The H.M.S. Defiant was mistaken as a real wartime vessel by the Production Crew of Star Trek: Enterprise, who framed and posted a painting of the ship as set dressing in the fourth season episode :Through a Mirror, Darkly".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: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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Movie Connections:
Featured in "War of 1812" (1999)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful acting in this seagoing tale, 31 December 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Damn the Defiant." a 1962 film directed by Lewis Gilbert, is based on an actual incident, known as the Spithead Mutiny which took place during the 1797 war with France.

The ship is led by Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness), a fair man who is afraid to rattle the cage of his next in command, the sadistic Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde), who is well-connected and has ruined the careers of previous captains. The ambitious Scott-Padget, however, is determined to take over the ship and wants things his way. To this end, he brutalizes Crawford's young son, who is on board as a midshipman, knowing that the principled Crawford will not interfere.

However, there are mutineers on board, led by Vizard (Anthony Quayle) who have written a petition for better food and more money. They hate Scott-Padget, and if they take control, he's in big trouble.

This is a very good film with suspense as well as excitement, dominated by the acting of Guinness and Bogarde. Guinness is brilliant - you can see him making an effort to control his anger, and one also sees his great pain. When he at last asserts himself, he is very noble. Director Gilbert had to fight for Bogarde, so devalued was he by Hollywood, but Guinness spoke up for the actor as well, and he was cast. He does a great job - handsome, outwardly polite, and mean as dirt. Anthony Quayle is excellent as Vizard, who, in leading his men, demands patience.

Absorbing and entertaining, even if movies on the high seas aren't your thing.

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