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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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Taglines:

As big as the ocean! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film leaves out much of the character profiles and backstories that are fleshed out in Wouk's original novel. One glaring example is Navy lawyer Greenwald's appearance wearing a winter green Navy pilot's uniform. In the novel, Greenwald is a talented lawyer who, upon America's entry into WWII, decides to join the Navy to become a fighter pilot. He says in the novel, "Can't stop a Nazi with a lawbook. So I dropped the lawbooks and ran to learn how to fly." He returns to legal work in the Navy due to injuries sustained from a plane crash. But none of this is explained in the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When singing in the nightclub, supposedly in 1944, May Wynn (I) sings into a 1950s-design hand-held microphone. 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 Night Court: Harry on Trial (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The 'Caine Mutiny' March
by Der Klang Hollywoods - Max Steiner & seine Erben (2009)
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User Reviews

 
Outstanding film
25 February 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

The Caine Mutiny works well on so many levels. It is a great insight into navy life, a first rate legal drama, and an unforgettable character study. Jose Ferrer and Fred MacMurray are superb, and indeed so is the entire cast, but the film clearly belongs to Humphrey Bogart's Captain Queeg. It's a real treat to see 'Bogie' in a film where he isn't a gangster or a romantic with a gruff exterior. Bogart spectacularly conveys the sheer complexity of his character: the quirks, the devotion to duty, the demand for perfection, the refusal to accept his own fallibility. It is a truly exceptional performance. Strongly recommended, 9/10.


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