The Caine Mutiny (1954)

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Robert Francis is at the center of the story as Willis Keith, a newly-minted ensign assigned to the destroyer/minesweeper U.S.S. Caine during World War II. Soon after his arrival, the ship gets a new captain, Lt. Comdr. Philip Francis Queeg Humphrey Bogart, a tough, no-nonsense veteran officer who tries to turns the crew into proper sailors and the Caine into a tight ship, engendering resentment from some of the men and several of his officers. A veteran of difficult years of service for too … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Herman Wouk, Stanley Roberts, Michael Blankfort
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2005
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Capt. Queeg

as Lt. Tom Keefer

as Lt. Steve Maryk

as Ens. Willie Keith

as May Wynn

as Capt. DeVriess

as Lt. Cmdr. Challee

as Lt. Paynter

as Meatball

as Lt. Barney Greenwald

as Capt. Blakely

as Horrible

as Mrs. Keith

as Ens. Harding

as Chief Budge

as Stilwell

as Lt. Cmdr. Dickson

as Lt. Jorgenson

as Ens. Carmody

as Ens. Rabbit

as Whittaker

as Engstrand

as Radar Man

as Court Martial Jury

as Sergeant-at-arms

as Court Stenographer

as Winston

as Uncle Lloyd

as Court Martial Jury

as Court Martial Jury

as Court Martial Jury

as Movie Operator

as Court Martial Jury

as Court Martial Jury

as Commodore Kelvey

as Chauffeur
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Critic Reviews for The Caine Mutiny

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4)

The intelligently adapted screenplay retains all the essence of the novel.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Despite a few flashes of talent in the 40s, Edward Dmytryk had descended to hack status by the time he filmed this 1954 version of Herman Wouk's novel.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A stodgily liberal courtroom drama.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Caine Mutiny, though somewhat garbled, is a vibrant film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Classic non-combat WWII drama has complex themes.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Common Sense Media

Complex, atypical Bogie performance is keynote for strong drama from Pulitzer-winning novel and Broadway show.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Caine Mutiny

Maybe Bogart's finest moment, but overall a weak film if you don't include his performance.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

The officers that relieve a veteran naval commander during a WWII mission must justify their actions to a court martial tribunal or face execution. Another courtroom drama based around the twisted morality of war and the command structure, The Caine Mutiny sidesteps the usual dryness associated with legal rhetoric by basing most of the story on board ship amongst a set of interesting, well realised characters. There's little in the way of military action, but the character dynamic works really well, the picks of the bunch being Fred MacMurray as the cynical writer who instigates the insurrection and obviously the brilliant Humphrey Bogart in one of his best performances as the captain who has perhaps served one tour too many and is suffering the psychological damage that results. Jose Ferrer is also excellent as the reluctant defending lawyer and his drunken blitzkrieg at the finale is a real highlight. The only off key note is the unnecessary and sentimental glimpse into Robert Francis' homelife, but these scenes are mercifully brief and the quality performances and sharp dialogue make this one of the best courtroom dramas around.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The Caine Mutiny is one of those movies that's okay or just alright for the majority but really knocks you on your ass in the last 10 minutes. Anyone who wants to accuse Humphrey Bogart of playing the same record for his entire career is more than welcome to eat this one. The Robert Francis/May Wynn storyline (actually off the boat most of the Francis character off the boat) was completely negligable but all the action aboard the Caine was great. Picture The Caine Mutiny as Mister Robert's older codge brother. The whole cast is great (with a minor supporting role from a non-white-haired Lee Marvin) but Bogart and Fred MacMurray steal the show. But Jose Ferrer in the banquet scene was superb and leaves the viewer asking themselves a lot of questions. I won't call The Caine Mutiny one for my Kick in the Ass List but its still great, great stuff...

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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