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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

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 »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Philip Rock (screenplay) (as Phillip Rock), Hal Dresner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Lt. Commander Finchhaven, R.N.
Faye Dunaway ... Jennifer Winslow
Alan Alda ... Lt. J / G Morton Krim
Mickey Rooney ... Cook 3 / C W.J. Oglethorpe
Jack Carter ... Gunner's Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ... Ali Shar
Manu Tupou ... Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
Barry Kelley ... Admiral Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith Leonard O. Smith ... Dyak
Richard Guizon Richard Guizon ... Dyak
John Cochran John Cochran ... Dyak
Jerry Fujikawa ... Admiral 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 »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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In an 1975 interview (which can be found on YouTube), John Frankenheimer considered this as his worst film and called it "lousy" and admitted that he made it because he needed to pay for his divorce. See more »

Goofs

Alan Alda's character is a Lieutenant (j.g.) [junior grade] but wears an Ensign shoulder board on his left shoulder throughout the entire movie. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Morton Krim: Attack a cruiser? With what?
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: [digs out a bundle of dynamite from under some deck boards] Saving that for just the proper occasion. Mind you, it's not going to be easy. We'll have to surprise her. Maneuver in close, aim amidships for the engines. Trust me to do that.
Lt. Morton Krim: But even if we could get close enough to... I mean, I mean - then what? A cruiser, with all those guns... she'd sink us like a stone.
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: There are worse things than dying in the service of one's country, Number One. The Japanese rather ...
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Connections

Edited from The Sea Hawk (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

We Sail the Ocean Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited)
[Played on Finchhaven's phonograph during the final attack]
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It's amazing Alan Alda's career survived this mess.
23 February 2011 | by Momcat_of_LomitaSee all my reviews

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before there was the direct-to-video market, people who made howlingly bad films had just one way of mitigating the financial loss. That was to send bad movies to small towns where people would pay to see ANYTHING at a movie theater, because there was nothing else to do. (We're talking about the pre-cable, pre-VHS, just 6 channels on TV days, folks!)

This is how I came to see "The Extraordinary Seaman" in a double-bill with "Krakatoa East of Java" in Lancaster, California in 1969 when I was 13 years old. This has to rank as one of the most awful pairings of movies of all time.

It's funny, because for all that I can recall this movie as being incomprehensible, boring to the point of inducing numbness, and funny only in unintentional ways, Alan Alda stood out in it as the only bearable element. (I know Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rooney are credited in the movie, but I cannot for the life of me remember anything about what they did, which is probably a good thing.) This is not to say that his performance was good. It wasn't, that was impossible, this movie was so bad. This movie's most redeeming feature was that it inspired practically the whole theater to throw popcorn at the screen and to add an audience soundtrack of groans and hisses and boos and hoots, and that was fun.

What it left me with is an indelible memory of what a backwater Lancaster, California was in the days before the Antelope Valley Freeway was built: we were the kind of small town where bad films were sent to eke out a little revenue for the people involved. I think about that every time I see some direct-to-video movie in the rack at the supermarket check-out stand.

And I'm devoutly thankful for all the options we have now to avoid seeing movies like "The Extraordinary Seaman."


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

January 1969 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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