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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, War  |  January 1969 (USA)
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Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »

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Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
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Jennifer Winslow
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Lt. (j.g.) Morton Krim
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Cook 3 / C W. J. Oglethorpe
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Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ...
Ali Shar
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Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
Barry Kelley ...
Adm. Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith ...
Dyak
Richard Guizon ...
Dyak
John Cochran ...
Dyak
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Adm. Shimagoshi
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Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the Second World War, he is encountered by a quartet of American seamen that includes Lt. Morton Krim and cook W.J. Oglethorpe. A deal is completed whereby the men will help re-float Finchhaven's command in return for a passage to Australia. They raid a village to secure batteries for the engine and come upon the feisty Jennifer Winslow who offers them aid in return for a passage with the crew. Eventually they reach the open sea. Finchhaven's ghostly status is revealed and Lt. Krim and Jennifer help him to sink a Japanese cruiser. Written by alfiehitchie

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We would like to thank Adolf Hitler, David Niven, Joseph Stalin, Faye Dunaway, Tojo, Mickey Rooney, Jack Carter, Alan Alda, John Frankenheimer, and the millions of Nazis, Japanese, and Americans who made this picture possible. See more »

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Adventure | Comedy | War

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Last film of Barry Kelley. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Winslow: [Pointing to something in the water beyond the ship] I wonder what that is?
Lt. Morton Krim: [Excitedly] What? What? Where?
Jennifer Winslow: There, floating...
Lt. Morton Krim: Oh, that's, uh, that's just some flotsam, or jetsam. Whatever the difference is.
Jennifer Winslow: Well, flotsam is something from a shipwreck, and jetsam is something thrown overboard in order to lighten the ship.
Lt. Morton Krim: Oh... I guess that makes me flotsam, then.
Jennifer Winslow: And apparently my brother considers me jetsam.
Lt. Morton Krim: That must've been some kind of mistake.
Jennifer Winslow: Oh, Johnny and I were never exactly close. When ...
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We Sail the Ocean Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert (uncredited)
[Played on Finchhaven's phonograph during the final attack]
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"Laugh away...love away...fun away...with Dunaway!"
8 April 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Faye Dunaway may be many things, but 'fun' rarely comes to mind. She was seductively clever in Richard Lester's "Musketeers" pictures, she had a squirrelly fashion-queen presence in "The Thomas Crown Affair", and in these later years she has projected a looser, warmer presence (such as in "Barfly" or "Don Juan DeMarco"). But here she's an icy blonde shiver: too cool, too calculating, and too aloof. This film, barely released at all by MGM, involves a group of military personnel circa WWII who are stranded on an island in the Pacific, coming upon a mystical sea captain and his creaky barge. Separated--for no apparent reason--into SIX acts, and interspersed with actual newsreel footage from the period, one has to assume the final cut was taken out of director John Frankenheimer's hands and muddied up by outsiders. Most of the actors look positively baffled, except of course for Faye. She looks shockingly unruffled by the inane plot or the silly dialogue, so placid is her demeanor. "Fun away with Dunaway"?? Anything for publicity... NO STARS from ****


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