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Captains Courageous (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Family  -  21 April 1996 (USA)
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Harvey Cheyne, Jr., second richest person in the world, orphaned and spoiled rotten, encounters a cigar and the sea on his way to England for boarding school. Seasick, over the rail for ... See full summary »



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Harvey Cheyne, Jr., second richest person in the world, orphaned and spoiled rotten, encounters a cigar and the sea on his way to England for boarding school. Seasick, over the rail for real, rescued by Dan Troop of a Gloucester fishing sailboat. Three months at sea, under a firm but fair Captain Troop (fair wages of $10.50 a month, if you don't work you don't eat). A hard life and a dangerous one, and a lot of growing up to do through hardship and tragedy. Written by Bruce Cameron <>

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21 April 1996 (USA)  »

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Capitaines courageux  »

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5 November 2003 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

How many times does one see a TV movie that you don't want to end? The story is timeless and it has been told several times on the screen. We cannot forget Tracy, Bartholomew and Rooney in that legendary version back in the 30's. One cannot erase the traces of this wonderful adventure from the memories wrought in our childhood.

But here comes a version with Urich, Vadas and Eriksen that sweeps one away into a sea of emotions so deep, tender and satisfying that one can only conclude that there really are many ways to tell a wonderful tale such as this. The casting of the crew was very satisfying as was the marvelous envelopment of Sandra Nelson into her small but crucial role as the Captain's wife.

Michael Anderson's direction and John McGreevey's script tore at your heart without ever feeling the tug. One was drawn into the pathos of the story without noticing it. The production was faithful to the heart and meat of the telling.

This version will linger on with me for a long time. Kudos to all and thanks especially to Mr. Kenny Vadas. I hope to see him again.

Completely recommended without reservation.

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