The Caine Mutiny Reviews
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...
Brilliant adaptation of Herman Wouk's book about
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.
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."
Fred MacMurray delivers another very strong performance in his interesting role as Lt. Tom Keefer who is the first officer to bring up his concerns about the captain & later shows his charcter. Perhaps the best scene in the film is delivered near it's end by the council for the defense. He raises some very interesting points on perspective, wrong & right. About character & the stories we tell our selves. For me this scene made The Caine Mutiny a cut above, some fine writing & acting here.
Some of my least favourite scenes focussed on a silly romance that felt shoe-horned into this film between Ensign Willie Keith & his singer girlfriend. It wasn't all bad and from another perspective added layer to the film.
Having said all that the film shines in the courtroom drama portion at the end. Is it one of the greatest films ever made? Perhaps in it's day but now The Caine Mutiny for me is a good film worth seeing again.