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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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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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British production with two exceptional actors , Guinness and Bogarde , both of whom pitting a strong battle of wits 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
British production with two exceptional actors , Guinness and Bogarde , both of whom pitting a strong battle of wits, 9 May 2012
Author: ma-cortes

This sea saga is set during the Napoleonic Wars , Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) takes command of the HMS Defiant and is ordered to rendezvous with the British fleet in island of Corsica . With his son aboard as a new midshipman , Captain Crawford takes an even friendship with his crew . Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty . The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer pits a battle of wits against the captain in this stalwart story set in Napoleonic period . As it pits the first commanding and a hated second-in-command officer and when the captain is wounded , the chance for violence enhances . Scott-Paget (Dick Bogarde) uses Crawford's son (David Robinson as Midshipman Harvey) in an attempt to get the Captain to lash out against him . Meanwhile, some of the crew (Tom Bell) , led by seaman Vizard (Anthony Quayle), are organising to strike for better conditions , in conjunction with similar efforts throughout the British fleet . The men on the verge of mutiny and tension increases when they must also take on the French ships . They eventually pledge virtually the entire crew , then there ensues the mutiny .

Dramatic film with impressive battle of wills between humane Captain Crawford in command of the warship HMS Defiant perfectly performed by Alec Guinness against his first officer, the sadistic and supercilious first lieutenant , splendidly interpreted by Dick Bogarde . Authenticity is the hallmark of this breathtaking adventure along with awesome acting , spectacular warships and overwhelming sea battles . Production design , gowns and ambient show great attention to period detail . The support cast performances by all concerned are superb as Maurice Denham as Mr. Goss , Nigel Stock as Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick , Richard Carpenter as Lieutenant Ponsonby ,Peter Gill as Lieutenant D'Arblay ,David Robinson as Midshipman Harvey Crawford , Robin Stewart as Midshipman Pardoe , Ray Brooks as Hayes , and specially Anthony Quayle as Vizard . Very good cinematography in Cinemascope by Christopher Challis and evocative score by Clifton Parker . The motion picture was well directed by Lewis Gilbert .

The flick was inspired on actual events as ¨The mutiny at Spithead¨ in 1797. Sailors on 16 ships in the Channel Fleet, commanded by Admiral Lord Bridport, protested against the living conditions aboard Royal Navy vessels and demanded a pay raise. Seamen's pay rates had been established in 1658, and because of the stability of wages and prices, they were still reasonable as recently as the 1756–1763 Seven Years' War . The Royal Navy had not made adjustments for any of these changes, and was slow to understand their effects on its crews. Finally, the new wartime quota system meant that crews had many landsmen from inshore, who did not mix well with the career seamen , leading to discontented ships' companies. The mutineers were led by elected delegates and tried to negotiate with the Admiralty for two weeks, focusing their demands on better pay , and the removal of a handful of unpopular officers; neither flogging nor impressment was mentioned in the mutineers' demands. The mutineers maintained regular naval routine and discipline aboard their ships , allowed some ships to leave for convoy escort duty or patrols, and promised to suspend the mutiny and go to sea immediately if French ships were spotted heading for English shores.Because of mistrust, especially over pardons for the mutineers, the negotiations broke down, and minor incidents broke out, with several unpopular officers sent to shore and others treated with signs of deliberate disrespect. When the situation calmed, Admiral Lord Howe intervened to negotiate an agreement that saw a Royal pardon for all crews, reassignment of some of the unpopular officers and a pay raise . Afterward, the mutiny was to become nicknamed "breeze at Spithead".

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