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½ July 13, 2014
A very good movie, but the book was even better. Bogie is great as Cmdr Philop Queeg. Great supporting roles by Robert Francis (who died in an auto accident shortly after filming), Tom Tully, Warner Anderson, EG Marshall, Lee Marvin, Claud Akins and Katherine Warren as Willie's mother. But I think Fred MacMurray never got credit for his stellar portrayal of Lt. Tom Keefer, urbane writer, amateur psychologist, cynical of all things Navy, and deep down a back-stabbing coward. Jose Ferrer also excelled in his role as lawyer Barney Greenwald.
July 13, 2014
Humphrey Bogart? was the king of cool, fast talking and fast thinking and impossibly charismatic. He was also a ludicrously talented performer, and the way he effortlessly shifts through the gears - from authoritative to draconian to paranoid and insecure and frightened - in The Caine Mutiny? is a sight to behold. Meandering and at times heavy-handed, the film is worth the 2-hour watch because of an imperious Bogey, and the brilliantly blistering righteous indignation of its finale.
½ May 2, 2014
Bogart puts in a sterling performance. The story draws us in to all the different angles and takes us nicely to an uncertain ending.
April 28, 2014
Light on legal action, heavy on personal melodrama. With a great (& insightful) speech by Ferer - possibly Bogart's most nuanced performance. Marvin steals a couple scenes.
April 23, 2014
Great naval, legal and psychological drama. Solid, believable and gritty plot. Has a bit of padding though - the romantic sub-plot was quite pointless and had no bearing on the main theme (though it does give May Wynn some screentime, and for that we are eternally grateful). Deft direction by Edward Dmytryk.

A unique Humphrey Bogart performance in that he is not the perfect, aloof, cool hero. Here his character is far from perfect and is quite vulnerable. Certainly shows a depth and breadth to Bogart's acting ability that many people didn't know existed. Superb performance by Bogart.

Good supporting performances from Van Johnson and Jose Ferrer. Robert Francis as Ensign Keith is a bit unconvincing and Fred MacMurray lays on the elitist, high-brow pretense a bit thick. As mentioned, May Wynn's role is unnecessary, but we don't mind seeing her...
February 3, 2014

Brilliant adaptation of Herman Wouk's book about
January 10, 2014
Deserves 5 stars if only for Bogart's speech, "Ah, but the strawberries! That's, that's where I had them." The emotion he expresses with his eyes and voice is brilliantly grave.
January 7, 2014
Some good court room drama, that took awhile to get to. Ferrer was impertinent, bogart neurotic, and macmurray was unloyal. It did show some of the best pro navy aspects to it, with the stirring of the guard aboard the air craft carrier. But it made me grateful for our armed forces and the work they do for us. The was a very humane piece, because it could happen to anybody.
December 6, 2013
Surprisingly entertaining movie about a bunch of sailors and their slightly off captain. Why is he like this, and is it enough to warrant a change of guard, even though it could be labelled as Mutiny? Great cast here led by Bogart as the captain, Van Johnson, and especially Fred MacMurray who actually has the most complex character out of all them. Interesting watch.
½ November 18, 2013
an incredible film. Bogart at his best with great support from the rest of the cast.
½ October 28, 2013
Fine acting on display by Bogart; that "strawberries" scene(s) is scary and sad at the same time. Robert Francis as the "main" character was very weak, though. They should have cut out every part of his romance with the girl, it was really out of place in this war/courtroom movie. And worst of all, it was just really boring and generic. Plus Robert Francis has no charisma at all, so any time spent with him alone with the woman just halted the film in its tracks.
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½ September 1, 2013
This is a strong entry in the classic war drama genre, with less focus on the actual war than the people and minds (!) behind it. Despite a few slight drawbacks, I did enjoy the movie. Let's start with the bad stuff. A tad too patriotic for my taste, but aren't most American films ( especially from that period). I was also rather unimpressed by Robert Francis (whose career was ended by a plane crash too soon) who had the uncherished role of playing straight-hand to a square crew. His character serves as the axis for the audiences to be latched onto in order to follow the events on the USS Caine, yet, his character remains colourless and bleak, so does the performance. Bogart and MacMurray on the other hand are marvelous as always. It is a rare treat - even in modern films - to find characters so ambigious and that make it hard to decide whether you want to love or hate them, and here are two of them on one fancy reel of celluloid. Van Johnson does a good job as well, never saw him in a film before, I hope this wont be my last. Reading up on the background of its production, I learned that the film was supposed to be much longer ( i.e. - closer to the book) and it shows, the first third of the book feels utterly unnecessary when it comes to the storytelling of the film itself (the twist at the end being the exception), hence, it takes the film quite a while to start rolling in the deep and I wish they would have cut to the chase much sooner and make the tension last longer instead of bringing on the finale so swiftly. But what a finale it is. I am a sucker for courtroom drama, who isn't, and this one is carried beautifully by the actors and Bogart helming the class by a mile, great performance by the legend. All in all .... a tense and well-crafted film that could have been a tad better with a stronger lead and a script bold enough to let the literary original be just that and focus on what works on film. Recommended for fans of Golden Hollywood and war films.
August 26, 2013
The movie really surprised me, pleasantly surprised. While I like Bogey, he is by no means one of my favorites. I expected this movie to be much like The African Queen, which I think is a very good movie as well. But I found that I liked the movie even more then I liked TAQ. I always try to get out of watching The Caine Mutiny, I don't know why I like the movie more and more each and ever time I see it.
August 4, 2013
I finally got around to watching this. Unfortunately I've seen too many court martial movies before it, all of which I'm sure borrowed from the precedence set by Caine, that the impact is dulled considerably. Performances were outstanding all around, particularly Van Johnson (whom I always associate with lightweight musical fodder) and Fred MacMurray (who is one of the most underrated stars of Hollywood's Golden Age). Bogie is superb, but his nutso act cannot hold a candle to Fred C. Dobbs.
July 31, 2013
good old movie. Bogart and MacMurray play sniveling cowards in the film.
July 1, 2013
If you want a mutiny than just go ahead. Don't waste that much time on it.
½ May 30, 2013
One of Bogart's last roles, also one of his best.
April 19, 2013
A fabulous novel turned into film adaptation.... Bogart s best! Casablanca who?

The movie takes place on a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II. To the consternation of the Caine's crew, a popular captain (Tom Tully) is replaced by a disturbed despot named Queeg (Humphrey Bogart), who finds himself in over his head. As the stresses of command multiply, Queeg's paranoia and cowardice soon become apparent to Lieutenant Thomas Keefer (Fred MacMurray), a writer in civilian life. Keefer continually tries to convince Executive Officer Steve Maryk (Van Johnson) that Queeg is insane, but Keefer won't help Maryk when the Exec asks Keefer to help convince higher authority that Queeg should be relieved. During a typhoon, Queeg's poor seamanship nearly capsizes the Caine and crew members.
April 5, 2013
What do you think about spending the rest of your life with a monster like me?

A group of naval officers, with a diverse background of experience, begin a voyage with a new captain none of them are familiar with. Initially, they believe his ways are eccentric and erratic; but when the captain's erratic behaviors threatens the lives of the men on the boat, they decide to have a mutiny and take the boat over. The men will be forced to stand trial for their actions. Can they prove their decision was the right one?

"They're making a mistake scrapping this ship. The only thing holding the water out is the rust."

Edwards Dmytryk, director of The Young Lions, Crossfire, Mirage, Seven Miles from Alcatraz, Secrets of the Lone Wolf, and Golden Gloves, delivers The Caine Mutiny. The storyline for this picture is interesting and reminded me a little of A Few Good Men. The acting is fairly good and the cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Robert Francis, and Fred MacMurray.

"There are four ways to do things on this boat: the right way, the wrong way, the navy way, and my way."

I am a huge Humphrey Bogart fan and decided to give this film a shot despite not being a huge fan of boat/submarine plots. The storyline for this picture is nothing special; however, the acting is very good and the dialogue is entertaining. Overall, this is an above average film due to the writing and acting not the overall premise.

"It was designed by geniuses to be run by monkeys."

Grade: B
March 12, 2013
A brilliant tale of mutiny. Bogart, a veteran captain in the navy, suffers from paranoid dillusions and endangers the rest of his crew. A great change for Bogart who usually plays the cool headed loner.
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