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It is the height of the Napoleonic Wars and, at sea, Capt. Crawford (Alec Guinness) is in charge of the H.M.S. Defiant. Well-liked by his crew, Crawford clashes with the newest man on board, Lt. Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde). Scott-Padget thinks Crawford is soft on the men and uses Crawford's son, who is aboard, to manipulate the ship's leader. As tensions on the vessel mount, Crawford must keep his sailors focused on fighting the enemy, not each other.

Cast & Crew

Alec Guinness
Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde
Lieut. Scott-Padget
Nigel Stock
Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter
Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill
Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson
Midshipman Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart
Midshipman Pardoe
Murray Melvin
Percival Wagstaffe
Victor Maddern
Bosun Dawlish
Bryan Pringle
Marine Sgt. Kneebone
Towe Townley
Seaman "Silly Billy" Whiting
Walter Fitzgerald
Admiral Jackson
Nigel Kneale
Screenwriter
Edmund H. North
Screenwriter
Clifton Parker
Original Music
Christopher Challis
Cinematographer
Peter Hunt
Film Editor
Arthur Lawson
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Critic Reviews for Damn the Defiant!

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  • Oct 08, 2009
    Alec Guiness was born to be a captain...great seafaring romp.
    Barry L Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2008
    Okay 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, 2007
    it'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!
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  • Oct 12, 2007
    This 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.
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