Lord Jim (1965)

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After being discredited as a coward, a 19th century seaman (Peter O'Toole) lives for only one purpose: to redeem himself. Based on Joseph Conrad's novel written in 1900.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornelius (as Curt Jurgens)
The General
The Girl
Jûzô Itami ...
Waris (as Ichizo Itami)
Tatsuo Saitô ...
Andrew Keir ...
Malay (as Eric Young)
Noel Purcell ...
Captain Chester
Captain of Patna


James Burke, after distinguishing himself as a midshipman in the British merchant marine, rapidly rises to the rank of executive officer, second in command of a ship. A broken foot necessitates that he be put ashore to heal. After his recovery, the very proud Jim - his pride rooted in his competence, which had made him a highly respected and admired naval officer - signs on as the executive officer of the Patna, a rusty tub manned by a third-rate crew overseen by a barbarous captain, that is transporting a group of Moslem pilgrims to Mecca. During a severe storm that causes the unseaworthy ship to founder, Jim abandons ship with the rest of the white crew without even lowering the other lifeboat for the passengers. The fleeing crew are prepared to swear they saw the Patna sink with all its passengers; however, in what Jim believes is a cosmic joke upon himself, it is revealed when they get into port on their lifeboat that the Patma did not sink but had been salvaged by a French vessel... Written by Jon C. Hopwood

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Filmed in the far corners of the Far East...High Adventure that reaches across the world! See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dödens djungel  »

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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a 1971 interview, Peter O'Toole spoke of some of the difficulties of location filming: "The three months we spent in Cambodia were dreadful. Sheer hell. A nightmare. There we were, all of us, knee deep in lizards and all kinds of horrible insects. And everyone hating us. Awful". See more »


When Lord Jim's lone crew member deserts him on the river, Jim chooses to carry on alone. Before he starts to row, the boat begins moving. See more »


Gentleman Brown: If an army couldn't get this treasure out, what makes you think that we can?
Cornelius: The General was too ambitious. We just need to eliminate a certain... person.
Gentleman Brown: You mean murder?
Cornelius: Justice. Kill one pompous fool...
Gentleman Brown: Let's see now: You're out, he's in - and *he's* the fool?
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Conrad Goes Hollywood
24 October 2000 | by (cleveland,ohio) – See all my reviews

Conrad's novels,like those of Pasternak,are often read more for the mood and the tone than for the plot.In certain cases,the facts are the least important aspect.In my opinion,this is the state of "Lord Jim".The middle part does appear to be similar to a cross between a Tarzan movie,any film revolt against oppression,and "Treasure Island".Oh,but isn't Wallach's General,philosophical and sadistic,evily wise and perceptive,a vast improvement on the original?Sherif Ali was a crook,masquerading as a religious fanatic.The appearance of the pirates,however,enjoyable as it is,really proves to undermine Conrad's intrention.This is a bungled robbery,and Mason's sterling performance shows us a clever and insightful crook manipulating a dupe.In the original,the pirates appear almost as an instrument of fate,allowing Jim to destroy himself.Brown is Jim's unrecognized alter-ego;without acknowledging his own dark impulses,and dealing with them constructively,he(and the rest of us as well) fouls up his career and life.Everything else considered,this is still an enjoyable film,and a great tale of adventure.Watch it,but read the novel when it comes time to do the book report.

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