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Lord Jim (1965)

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Joseph Conrad's cerebral, philosophical novel Lord Jim is streamlined and simplified by producer/director/writer Richard Brooks for the action-and-adventure crowd. Peter O'Toole plays the first officer of a tramp steamer, who, during a hurricane, cravenly abandons ship, leaving the passengers to drown. Disgraced, O'Toole seeks out ways to redeem himself--not only in the eyes of the British maritime commission, but in his own eyes. He signs on to deliver a shipment of dynamite to a tribe of natives somewhere in the uncharted Orient. He also joins the natives' fight against feudal warlord Eli Wallach, hoping perhaps to die in their service, thus purging himself from shame (and, in true Messianic fashion, becoming a martyr in the process). Despite the impressive star lineup of O'Toole, Wallach, Jack Hawkins, Curt Jurgens and Paul Lukas, most press coverage went to leggy leading lady Daliah Lavi--including the 1964 Saturday Evening Post article about the making of Lord Jim, written by Richard Brooks himself. Filmed in Cambodia and Hong Kong, Lord Jim isn't precisely the Conrad novel, but fans weaned on O'Toole's Lawrence of Arabia will be satisfied. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Peter O'Toole
as Lord Jim
Eli Wallach
as General
James Mason
as Gentleman Brown
Daliah Lavi
as The Girl
Curd Jürgens
as Cornelius
Akim Tamiroff
as Schomberg
Tatsuo Saito
as Chief Du-Ramin
Andrew Keir
as Brierly
Walter Gotell
as Captain of the SS Patna
Noel Purcell
as Capt. Chester
Noel Chester
as Capt. Chester
Serge Reggiani
as French Lieutenant
Rafiq Anwar
as Moslem Leader
A.J. Brown
as Magistrate
Christian Marquand
as French Officer
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Critic Reviews for Lord Jim

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Brooks, while capturing the spirit of adventure of the novel, only superficially catches the inner emotional and spiritual conflict of its hero.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Brooks' adaptation of Conrad's novel is immeasurably better than its reputation.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Something bewildering has happened in Richard Brooks's making of it, and it misses at being either Conrad or sheer entertainment cinema.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Joseph Conrad's elaborately structured fiction poses monstrous problems for film adaptation, and the solution proposed here by Richard Brooks -- plodding literal-mindedness -- doesn't come close to working.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At best, it only resembles Conrad's 1900 novel.

Full Review… | September 7, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This stunningly exotic film of Conrad's classic features O'Toole in the title role.

Full Review… | April 8, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Lord Jim

½

A poor man's Bridge on the River Kwai, Lord Jim is a slow paced action pic heavy on pyschological drama. The story itself begs for a remake, but this telling of Joseph Conrad's classic, though beautifully photographed, is ponderously slow and the script is in dire need of a tune up. Clunky as it may be, it still is an interesting watch.

Scott Gower
Scott Gower
½

Oh the disgrace, the shame, the despair, to make a man leave his own people and go out to be accepted by others. good movie and a good book as well. You know whats going to happen and yet you cant stop watching.

Christian Zayc
Christian Zayc
½

Colorful but far too long drama with great cast but it has several dull patches.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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