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Captains Courageous (1937)

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Release Date: Jun 25, 1937 Wide

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A boy learns life-changing lessons about the importance of friendship and the dignity of labor in this adventure saga based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. Young Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) is the working definition of a spoiled brat; the only child of a wealthy widowed businessman, Harvey has everything he needs, but never stops asking for more, convinced he can get anything if he yells, pouts, or throws the right tantrum. Even other boys his age are disgusted with his antics, and when

Jan 31, 2006

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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

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

One of the all time best. Adventure, love, and tears. Tracy and Bartholomew are terrific.

February 17, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

This hokum earned Spencer Tracy his first Best Actor Oscar.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While perhaps not the "all-time classic" that some of its contemporaries are, Captains Courageous still stands up pretty well today.

March 9, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

There is no better film about sailing than this. There is no better coming of age story than this.

September 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Bartholomew's transition from evil brat to nice kid is so subtle that it's surprising when you notice it.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Still effective old-style literary adaptation.

September 18, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Classic coming of age story

July 14, 2003
About.com

Well-directed, well-acted coming-of-age tale that may have the most hard-bitten viewer in tears by the end.

September 25, 2001 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
All Movie Guide

One of cinema's greatest classic adventure stories is Captains Courageous (1937), an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

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.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

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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.
December 9, 2008
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April 1, 2007
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jay nixon

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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.
May 12, 2013
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