Damn the Defiant!
1962, History/Drama, 1h 41m6 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Midshipman Harvey Crawford
Marine Sgt. Kneebone
Seaman "Silly Billy" Whiting
Critic Reviews for Damn the Defiant!
Alec Guinness gives a dignified performance as the humanitarian captain.March 22, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…
colorful period piece with another strong performance from Alec Guinness.November 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
Quote not available.August 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
Quote not available.November 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
Quote not available.August 22, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Quote not available.July 30, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
Audience Reviews for Damn the Defiant!
Oct 08, 2009Alec Guiness was born to be a captain...great seafaring romp.Barry L Super Reviewer
May 04, 2008Okay nautical drama blessed with two acting greats in Guinness and Bogarde. Beautiful photgraphy and attention to detail help but it loses it way towards the end and is never as rousing as it wants to be. Dirk is one sadistic and malevolent jerk.jay n Super Reviewer
Nov 14, 2007it's a story about the power struggle between a badly treated crew, a good captain, a nasty piece of work of a 2nd in command and alliegences of the heart to the homeland (wow, i sound german). yeh, i'll conform and put 3 stars just like everybody else. okay.. the shizay is... as usual alec guinness is great. dirk bogarde played the prime bully (mr always have to be right). they both played their parts very well. you gotta hand it to bogarde. by the end i wanted to beat the shit outta him too, so he obviously played the baddie well enough! haha... you always get people like that everywhere you go. it's like some social disease. anyway, back to the film... very solid effort. i also agree with someone else who reviewed this on here. much better than dull and boring master & commander. sometimes the oldies are the best!Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
Oct 12, 2007This rousing sea-faring adventure set during the Napoleonic war stars Alec Guiness as a fair-minded sea captain vying for control over his ship with coldly sadistic first mate Dirk Bogarde. The interplay and politicking between the two is the real reason to watch this film; I found myself wishing they'd get the battle sequences over with so I could get back to the more interesting political machinations. Anthony Quayle provides excellent support below decks as a revolutionary-minded crewman and it slots in nicely with the historical background of the story. If you liked Master and Commander, check this out. It's better.xGary X Super Reviewer
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