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 her book, 'To The End Of Hell', Denise Affonço notes that her late husband Phou Teang Seng (a victim of the Khmer Rouge) worked on Lord Jim (1965) as a stage manager and was responsible for the entire crews' canteen. Denise spent a month on the set (in Siem Reap) when she was pregnant with her son, Jean-Jacques. See more »


When Jim is going up river, one of his companions throws a knife into another's back, but the knife is already in his back as he turns to warn Jim. See more »


Gentleman Brown: [to Cornelius] Drunk, you're useless!
Schomberg: He's useless anyway.
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Referenced in Desperation (2006) See more »

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Superb Acting; Don't Miss This Classic Drama
24 October 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Lord Jim" is a film that offers viewers satisfaction on many levels. Although it is set in an exotic locale and has a considerable amount of action, the real story of this movie is its exploration of the human condition. Love, honor, courage, commitment and redemption all come into play as the story moves from the sea to the jungle. It reminds us how a split-second decision can alter dramatically the course of our lives.

"Lord Jim" is a well-paced, engaging film. Peter O'Toole's thought-provoking and moving performance will stick in your mind long after you see this movie. I haven't read the book so I can't speak to the movie's faithfulness to the original text, but it does stand on its own legs as a thoroughly entertaining film. If you like movies such as "Lawrence of Arabia" or "The Sand Pebbles", you will definitely enjoy "Lord Jim." I highly recommend it.

Hopefully, it will become available on DVD soon.

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