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Captains Courageous (1996)

Harvey Cheyne, Jr., second richest person in the world, orphaned and spoiled rotten, encounters a cigar and the sea on his way to England for boarding school. Seasick, over the rail for ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Rudyard Kipling (novel), John McGreevey (teleplay)
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2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Urich ... Capt. Matthew Troop
Kenny Vadas Kenny Vadas ... Harvey Cheyne, Jr.
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... Dan Troop
Robert Wisden ... Arthur Wayne
Duncan Fraser ... Long Jack
Sandra Nelson ... Mary Ann Troop
Terence Kelly ... Ted the Foul Up
Colin Cunningham ... Manuel
Robert Thurston ... Uncle Salters
Roger Cross ... Hannibal (as Roger R. Cross)
Eric Schneider Eric Schneider ... Purser
Campbell Lane ... Captain Abashai
Kevin Hansen ... Gino
Doron Bell ... Hans
Ken Camroux-Taylor Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Spokesman (as Ken Camroux)
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Harvey Cheyne, Jr., second richest person in the world, orphaned and spoiled rotten, encounters a cigar and the sea on his way to England for boarding school. Seasick, over the rail for real, rescued by Dan Troop of a Gloucester fishing sailboat. Three months at sea, under a firm but fair Captain Troop (fair wages of $10.50 a month, if you don't work you don't eat). A hard life and a dangerous one, and a lot of growing up to do through hardship and tragedy. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Rated PG for a few mildly disturbing scenes | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaines courageux See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Captains Courageous (1977) See more »

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Best version of this classic story by Kipling
11 August 1998 | by Antonio-37See all my reviews

This is the latest version of the movie based on Rudyard Kipling's classic novel of a boy's coming-of-age. First version was the 1937 movie starring curly haired and blonde Freddie Bartholomew as Harvey, the rich brat. Second version was in 1977 with Johnny Doran. And this third version stars curly haired and dark Kenny Vardas as the best of the pouty and sullen boys.

Harvey is the son of a rich man, but much neglected and left to the care of hired help. On a transatlantic ship, he falls overboard thru a boyish prank gone bad. He is rescued by a fishing vessel, with a stern but kindly captain, his son and crew.

Forced to work for his keep, the bratty Harvey, played to perfection by Kenny Vardas comes to appreciate the value of work. And to learn how to love and be loved by the kindly folk who took him in.

Of all the three versions of this movie, this one best portrays the novel. It gives the real feeling of a boy going bad who is reformed through the power of love. And Vardas despite his youth plays both the insolent brat and loveable boy to perfection. A movie to see if you appreciate a good Kipling yarn, and they are good!


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