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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
Noel Purcell
as Capt. Chester
Walter Gotell
as Captain of the SS Patna
Noel Chester
as Capt. Chester
Serge Reggiani
as French Lieutenant
Rafiq Anwar
as Moslem Leader
Marne Maitland
as Elder, Fider
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.

April 8, 2008 | Full Review…

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

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Something bewildering has happened in Richard Brooks's making of it, and it misses at being either Conrad or sheer entertainment cinema.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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

September 7, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

April 8, 2008 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lord Jim

½

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

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