Captains Courageous (1937)
Based on a story by Rudyard Kipling, this fine drama chronicles the friendship that develops between a rich and spoiled young boy and the hardworking Portuguese fisherman who saves him from a watery grave.
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Critic Reviews for Captains Courageous
Its themes are entirely relevant to this day, and even technically %u2013 with the integration of sound stage and open sea footage %u2013 it stands the test of time
One of the all time best. Adventure, love, and tears. Tracy and Bartholomew are terrific.
Once you accept Spencer Tracy as a Portuguese fisherman, Victor Fleming's version of Kipling's sea-adventure novel is passably enjoyable by standards of the times.
While perhaps not the "all-time classic" that some of its contemporaries are, Captains Courageous still stands up pretty well today.
There is no better film about sailing than this. There is no better coming of age story than this.
Bartholomew's transition from evil brat to nice kid is so subtle that it's surprising when you notice it.
Still effective old-style literary adaptation.
Classic coming of age story
Well-directed, well-acted coming-of-age tale that may have the most hard-bitten viewer in tears by the end.
Audience Reviews for Captains Courageous
First of all I don't like animal related movies, but I do like pirate movies, which is really weird, I know. Second, this movie is really long. It starts out interesting, but gets more and more boring as it goes on. I didn't see the end because I was tired of watching this movie.More
Spencer Tracy did not think this a great performance, but he won the 1937 best actor Oscar. I have to agree with Tracy's evaluation, but it doesn't detract from the fact that this is a wonderful movie. It's a great coming of age story, and Freddie Bartholomew deserves at least equal praise for not sinking this into sentimental slosh. In fact the entire cast, from Melvyn Douglas, to Lionel Barrymore, to Mickey Rooney, to John Carradine, all deserve high praise for a masterful ensemble effort. One of the best movies I've seen in a good while. Strangely, the director, Victor Fleming, was not nominated for an Oscar. He should have been. It takes a skilled director to so beautifully coordinate such a wealth of talent.More
Quite a cast! Spencer Tracy with curly hair and a "Portuguese" accent might remind you of Chico Marx, but he is a likeable character. Child star Freddie Bartholomew plays a spoiled kid who learns some important lessons. A tender story done in the best fashion of the 1930s.More
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