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The Man Without a Country (1973)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 24 April 1973
During the 1800s, an American officer who renounces his country during his court-martial is sentenced to sail the seas on American warships without ever setting foot on American soil again or getting news of America.

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Delbert Mann
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Philip Nolan
Beau Bridges ... Frederick Ingham
Peter Strauss ... Arthur Danforth
Robert Ryan ... Lt. Cmdr. Vaughan
Walter Abel ... Col. A.B. Morgan
Geoffrey Holder ... Slave on ship
Shepperd Strudwick ... Secretary of the Navy
John Cullum ... Aaron Burr
Patricia Elliott ... Mrs. Graff
Alexander Clark Alexander Clark ... Capt. Minton
Guy Spaull ... Capt. Pendleton
Peter Coffield Peter Coffield ... Lt. Vinson
Addison Powell ... Chief Justice Marshall
Geddeth Smith Geddeth Smith ... Lt. Philips
Laurence Guittard Laurence Guittard ... Lt. Pritchard
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Storyline

At his court martial for conspiring to attack and annex Mexico with Aaron Burr, young Army officer Philip Nolan angrily blurts out that he wishes to never again hear of the United States. The tribunal, shocked by his outburst, sentences him to exile, permanently sailing the high seas on Navy ships, never to set foot on American soil again, with orders to all crew members that he is never to see or hear anything about his erstwhile homeland. As the decades pass, Nolan earns the friendship and respect of many crewmen, including proving himself an able warrior during one ferocious sea battle. He becomes a hungry scholar of languages and natural sciences gleaned from foreign books and comes to regret his views, causing his shipboard comrades to beseech Washington for leniency and forgiveness for the repentant man, now America's most ardent admirer.

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One man was an island.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann ohne Vaterland See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport, Rhode Island, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Portions of this picture were filmed on board the wooden tall ship H.M.S Rose, a replica of a British 28 gun frigit built in 1759 and scuttled in Savanah Harbor during the American Revolution. The replica ship would later be rebuilt and renamed H.M.S. Surprise for for the Hollywood movie "Master and Commander" See more »

Connections

Version of As No Man Has Loved (1925) See more »

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Memorable and Poignant
28 June 2000 | by GrandSee all my reviews

After 27 years, Robertson's portrayal of Nolan, the man who wishes never to see or hear of his country again, still smoulders in the memory. The closing scenes are heart-rending to anyone who has ever felt more than the slightest stir of patriotic sentiment or homesickness for a distant country. This is a classic version of a classic American story, in which a "merciful" sentence proves to be more diabolical and Draconian than poor Nolan could have ever imagined. Before there was Kafka or Orwell, there was "The Man Without a Country."


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