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Damn the Defiant! (1962)

H.M.S. Defiant (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 15 April 1962 (UK)
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On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Padget, whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Nigel Kneale (screenplay), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)
Nigel Stock ... Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter ... Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill Peter Gill ... Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson David Robinson ... Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ... Pardoe
Ray Brooks ... Hayes
Peter Greenspan Peter Greenspan ... Johnson
Anthony Quayle ... Vizard
Tom Bell ... Evans
Murray Melvin ... Wagstaffe
Victor Maddern ... Dawlish
Bryan Pringle ... Sgt. Kneebone
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Storyline

H.M.S. Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Sir Dirk Bogarde) makes this difficult, and when Captain Crawford (Sir Alec Guinness) is disabled, the chance for violence increases. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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The cry was MUTINY... and the decks ran red!... See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Joy Shelton (Mrs. Crawford). See more »

Goofs

The blanket used to cover Vizard at c.95 minutes suddenly becomes bright blue. See more »

Quotes

Lieut. Scott-Padget: Ship's company ready to witness punishment, sir.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SPITHEAD, ENGLAND 1797 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II (2005) See more »

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An offbeat sea adventure
19 September 2000 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Few films have tried to capture the era of Horatio Hornblower, and even fewer do it as well as this one. It's an extremely well-made movie, though a bit difficult to classify. Traditionally, in a sea adventure, the dashing, sexy leader is the hero; in this case, he's the villain (brilliantly played by Dirk Bogarde, who normally plays more sensitive chaps). The good guy turns out to be a very UNdashing and flawed, but compassionate Captain.

I think Alec Guinness is the only actor who can portray a character who is colorless yet also make him sympathetic. Perhaps the World War II era (with its emphasis on teamwork, its glorification of the average G.I., and its near-worship of able, but dull, leaders like Omar Bradley) may have influenced it, because the movie strongly emphasizes the worth of the common man, especially as personified by Anthony Quayle's character.

It's an offbeat movie: part sea adventure, part character drama, part historical epic. Critics might say it's not satisfactory in any of these areas, but those of us who love it recognize how special and even unique it is. Now that Columbia has finally released on DVD a letter-boxed version one can fully appreciate its worth, not only for the sea battle scenes, but also the many two-shots of Guinness and Bogarde interacting (or, more often, snarling) at each other.


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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 April 1962 (UK) See more »

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