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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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Release Date:

25 February 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dödens djungel  »

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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 »


Lord Jim: I've been a so-called coward and a so-called hero and there's not the thickness of a sheet of paper between them. Maybe cowards and heroes are just ordinary men who, for a split second, do something out of the ordinary. That's all.
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Good Peter O'Toole performance in a great Joseph Conrad story
24 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Moving story of an idealistic seaman forced to deal with his act of cowardice and how he ultimately redeems himself. The film has good action sequences and a moving love story. Performances by Eli Wallach and James Mason are colorful and solid, and there are plenty of Peter O'Toole's trademark "vacant stares". Daliah Lavi is gorgeous and her role more substantive than those of her other films. I love Peter O'Toole's films from this period (Lawrence of Arabia, What's New Pussycat?, Night of the Generals) and this one is as good as most of them. I looked for this film on DVD and finally had to tape it off of AMC (in the good old days before they saturated their programing with commercials). I'd like to see it restored and re-released.

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