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The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 24 June 1954 (USA)
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When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Stanley Roberts (screen play), Michael Blankfort (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg
José Ferrer ... Lt. Barney Greenwald (as Jose Ferrer)
Van Johnson ... Lt. Steve Maryk
Fred MacMurray ... Lt. Tom Keefer (as Fred Mac Murray)
Robert Francis ... Ens. Willie Keith
May Wynn ... May Wynn
Tom Tully ... Comdr. DeVriess
E.G. Marshall ... Lt. Comdr. Challee
Arthur Franz ... Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr.
Lee Marvin ... Meatball
Warner Anderson ... Capt. Blakely
Claude Akins ... Seaman Lugatch aka 'Horrible'
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Keith (as Katharine Warren)
Jerry Paris ... Ens. Barney Harding
Steve Brodie ... Chief Budge
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Storyline

During the World War II, the crew of a small insignificant ship in the U.S. Pacific Fleet experience an event unlike any event ever experienced by the United States Navy. A Ship's Captain is removed from command by his Executive Officer in an apparent outright act of mutiny. As the trial of the mutineers unfold, it is learned that the Captain of the ship was mentally unstable, perhaps even insane. The Navy must decide if the Caine Mutiny was a criminal act, or an act of courage to save a ship from destruction at the hands of her Captain? Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Great As a Book! ...As a Picture The Greatest See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Collectors of motion picture soundtracks are always on the look out for this film's original release soundtrack on RCA Records, ID #LOC1013. The "A" side contained music from the film and the "B" side was a transcription of the complete court-martial scene. Apparently the cover omitted credits of several people connected with the film. When this error was noticed, the records were recalled by RCA. At that point fewer than 100 LPs had been issued, mostly as promotional records to reviewers, and to some radio stations. Most of the records were returned to the studio, but not all. Today the Caine Mutiny soundtrack, LOC1013 is considered the Holy Grail of soundtracks to collectors, and is worth thousands of dollars due to its extreme rarity. See more »

Goofs

During the typhoon sequence, distant shots show the Caine model missing the forward stack and foremast before the close-up shots showing the actual collapse of both structures. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Admiral: And so today you are full-fledged ensigns. Three short months ago you assembled here from all parts of the nation, from all walks of life: field, factory, office and college campus. Each of you knew what the fighting was about, or you wouldn't have volunteered. Each of you knew that the American way of life must be defended by life itself. From here on your education must continue in the more demanding school of actual war. Wearing the gold stripe of ensign in the United States ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "There has never been a mutiny in a ship of The United States Navy. The truths of this film lie not in its incidents but in the way a few men meet the crisis of their lives."

THE TIME - WORLD WAR II . . . See more »

Alternate Versions

There was a version made for school, to be used in Social Studies class. It edited out most everything except the pertinent scenes of the Queeg incidents and the trial. The movie ended before the decision was reached so that the class could vote on whether they would convict for mutiny or not. See more »

Connections

Referenced in L.A. Law: The Plane Mutiny (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

U.S. Marine Corps Hymn
(1868) (uncredited)
(also called "The Marines' Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach from "Genevieve de Brabant" (1868)
Played often in the score
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Conflicted emotions and loyalties, a conflicted captain, and a conflicted movie...
26 August 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director Edward Dmytryk and screenwriter Stanlet Roberts, adapting Herman Wouk's novel, certainly didn't set out to make an anti-Navy movie concerning a junkyard Naval ship beset with a paranoid captain, and indeed their "simple" dedication at the end is to the entire United States Navy, yet the plot mechanisms are slanted in that direction even if the handling is not. Beginning the picture with a green "Princeton tiger" and Naval Academy grad attempting to woo a band singer before duty calls was a safe, stolid move, yet Wouk's story manages to cut much wider and deeper than the Hollywood generalities, and once his plot gets cooking the film is vastly entertaining. Humphrey Bogart is the new by-the-books captain aboard a Naval bottom-feeder, quickly driving his crew and his vessel into the ground with his idiosyncratic behavior. Dymtryk is careful while introducing all the different personalities aboard ship, and he doesn't want us to miss a trick, yet in the film's final stages (after the court martial, when defense attorney José Ferrer has his say), the tone of the picture does an about-face and hopes to show us all sides of the situation. The filmmakers want to have their cake and eat it too, and the resulting epilogue goes down like bad medicine. Still, the performances are first-rate, particularly by Bogart and, in perhaps his finest acting turn, Van Johnson. *** from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Authority and Rebellion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,750,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,750,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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