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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:
"A Future Drake or Hawkins, hmmmmm?" See more (24 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)
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tune to which the sailors dance the hornpipe is Cock O' the North, by an unknown composer. There is no printed record of it prior to 1816, but it is quite possible that it was known as a folk tune during or prior to 1797.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The blanket used to cover Vizard at c.95 minutes suddenly becomes bright blue.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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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"A Future Drake or Hawkins, hmmmmm?", 16 October 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I remember seeing H.M.S. Defiant in the theater when it came out back in 1962. It's too bad my VHS copy is formatted. One really needs the wide screen to appreciate the vast sweep of this wonderful sea adventure.

The Defiant sets sail from the naval harbor at Spithead just before the ships of the Channel Fleet are ready to start an organized mutiny. So with no contact between them and the ships at Spithead or in the Mediterranean, the men of the Defiant have to work out their own course of action. That action is the basis for what happens.

They've got an unwitting ally in the ship's executive officer, Scott- Padget played by Dirk Bogarde. A future Drake or Hawkins with influence and a taste for sadism. He looks to usurp the authority of Captain Crawford who is played by Alec Guinness. The conflict between them plays into the hands of the mutineers.

In that other famous story of the sea, Mutiny on the Bounty, Fletcher Christian points out to Captain Bligh that the men drafted into the Royal Navy from the press gangs aren't king and country volunteers. Neither are these people in the foc'sle of the Defiant.

Bogarde plays against type and does it well. He's usually not a villain in film although he had essayed villainous roles before in his career. But Guinness is a wonder. His Captain Crawford, calm, detached, and inspiring in his own way in his patriotism was a role Alec Guinness could be proud of. Totally different than the characters he played in those Ealing studio comedies. This falls more in line with Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai or Colonel Sinclair in Tunes of Glory without the bad character features the other two had.

Great Britain eventually stopped using press gangs, but at the time it was the way the Royal Navy got a crew together. In fact later on during the Napoleonic Wars, the British took to stopping American ships and impressing members of those crews in the Royal Navy. It was one of the causes of the War of 1812.

Two other performances in H.M.S. Defiant are worthy of note. Anthony Quayle as the mutiny leader on the Defiant and Tom Bell one of the mutineers whose rashness nearly blows it all for the seamen and their cause.

Hovering over all of this is the French and to me the highlight of the film is Alec Guinness reminding the men of their duty to prevent a French invasion of their island home. It's a superb piece of drama.

A little Mutiny on the Bounty, a little Horatio Hornblower go into the plot of H.M.S. Defiant. It's a good mix with a superb group of players serving it up for the audience.

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