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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 »
Genre:
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:
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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:
Continuity: The fire ship's topsails are set for most of the climax, but when the Defiant sinks it, all its sails are furled.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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Featured in "War of 1812" (1999)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One of the best naval films, 12 April 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am quite surprised that this film only has a rather ordinary score of 7.1 at this time, as it's one of the best naval films I have seen--and perhaps the best one about this period in history. Exceptionally good acting and writing make this a definite must-see.

The story itself is based very, very loosely upon various mutinies and strikes that occurred in 1797 aboard British war ships. In the film, crew members were pushed to do this desperate act due to their sadistic treatment at the hands of some of the officers (in particular, Dirk Bogarde's character). However, in reality, the strikes and mutinies occurred for far less noble reasons--such as for higher pay or to spread the spirit of the French Revolution to the British navy. Still, despite this discrepancy, the film is top entertainment.

The film begins with the Captain (Alec Guinness) preparing to return to sea with his very young son on board his first assignment. While Guinness seems like a decent sort of man, you immediately are taken aback by the violent press gangs that secure replacement crew members by kidnapping hapless Brits. In addition, once the cruise begins, you can't help but hate Bogarde as the second in command. While he is competent, he's also a sadist and power-hungry. Again and again, he ignores the Captain's orders and abuses the crew--pushing the men to the breaking point. While the Captain is no wimp, Bogarde finds ways to assert himself without doing enough to merit his arrest--at least until late in the film.

The acting by Guinness and Bogarde is awfully good and makes the film. Bogarde does a great job of playing an evil bully, though the most kudos should go to Guinness, as his character has a lot of depth--making this one of his better film roles. However, this is no surprise as he was a wonderful actor and had an astounding skill at immersing himself into a very wide range of characters--and doing it in a very believable and understated way. Interestingly enough, this film was very quickly made (so that Guinness could get back to filming LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) but you sure can't tell that from his performance. In addition, the supporting actors really did an excellent job and I have no real complaints about anything in the film--a rarity for a picky guy like me.

Exceptional throughout and quite gripping--this film is tough not to like and will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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