Damn the Defiant! (1962)
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as Captain Crawford
as Lieut. Scott-Padget
as Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
as Surgeon Goss
as Lt. Ponsonby
as Lt. D'Arblay
as Harvey Crawford
as Sgt. Kneebone
as `Silly Billy' Whiting
as Adm. Jackson
as Mrs. Crawford
as Tavern Leader
as Flag Captain
as Flag Lieutenant
as Col. Giraud
as Young Wife
Critic Reviews for Damn the Defiant!
Alec Guinness gives a dignified performance as the humanitarian captain.
colorful period piece with another strong performance from Alec Guinness.
Audience Reviews for Damn the Defiant!
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.
Alec Guiness was born to be a captain...great seafaring romp.
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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