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½ September 4, 2015
Unusual maritime drama involving salvaging, law, scuba and murder. Good cast.
½ August 30, 2015
Excellent cast with a seagoing mystery. Classic enough in the plot to hold interest for mystery lovers, regardless of era. Keeps you wondering just what went wrong. There are times when you wonder if Gary Cooper is guilty of "something," but you root for him anyway. Enjoyable!
December 17, 2014
It moves a little slow, but it's a good movie.
August 14, 2014
A true classic that's worth adding to your collection.
Super Reviewer
July 23, 2012
Big stars and good production values but very dull.
July 21, 2012
good character drama
March 9, 2012
Nice looking but it's pretty dull.
February 5, 2011
Great actors and good suspense. Only a few things wrong with it (one swear word and lying, mainly). There were a few things that could have been wrapped up better at the end, perhaps. But overall, I really enjoyed it!
December 3, 2010
August 11, 2010
Based on the 1956 novel by Hammond Innes, this is a good old fashioned adventure film from director Michael Anderson, best known for The Dam Busters (1955), Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Logan's Run (1976). It does sag a little bit in the middle with the courtroom action, but it's enjoyable while it lasts. It begins in the English Channel, and has rescue boat captain John Sands (Charlton Heston) discovering a freighter called the Mary Deare drifting around, there's been a fire on board, the ship seems deserted, and Sands thinks he will get a big salvage fee for finding this ship, but then he discovers First Officer Gerald Patch (Gary Cooper) on board. Back on dry land, the matter of why the Mary Deare was abandoned is taken to court, and nothing is what it seems, why did the crew abandon ship?? Why was Patch still on board?? Was he hiding something?? The ship had just come back from Rangoon, but not with the cargo it seems to have claimed it had. It is the sort of adventure film you don't get anymore, the seabound sequences are well done indeed, but it's a pity it slows down back on dry land. To think that Alfred Hitchcock was asked to do this, but he couldn't make it work the way he wanted it to, so he did North By Northwest (1959) instead.
½ August 2, 2010
A heavyweight male cast ensures this one does not sink to the bottom of the barrel. It's a straightforward story of a ship being scuttled, complicated by a good mystery as to the reason, acted with plenty of energy by Cooper and Heston.
August 1, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....................its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie,....................i think that gary cooper, charlton heston, michael redgrave, cecil parker, richard harris, emlyn williams, alexandra knox, ben wright, virginia mckenna play good roles/parts throughout this movie...............i think that gary cooper, charlton heston, ben wright, alexandra knox were great throughout this movie.................i think that the director of this drama/classics/thriller movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect thorughout this movie............i think that this is such a great thriller movie 2 watch.....i think that this is a fantastic movie 2 watch its got a great cast thorughout this movie.....i think that this is a great thriller movie n its such a classic movie with a great cast throughout this movie
February 14, 2010
Intense movie with two solid actors giving fine performances as Captain Patch (Cooper) and John Sands (Heston). Heston is more understated, appropriately so, than in some of his other films. No overacting here. Good story based on the 1952 novel about two seamen cracking a mystery in the stormy English Channel.
November 13, 2009
‚??The Wreck of the Mary Deare‚?? (1959) by Michael Anderson, starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, and others. The first half hour led me to believe this would be a disaster movie with thriller aspects (what is Cooper‚??s character up to, what is he hiding - besides a body on a ship?). I am no particular fan of men running around on half-lit ships in storms with scuba divers‚?? suits (final scene), but the special effects used in these scenes were quite convincing for a late fifties movie. The story is good too (based on a novel by Hammond Innes), but the second half of the movie is problematic. The excitement of the opening scenes on the ship peters out and turns into a rather dull display of legal talk in court and a few other places. As soon as we‚??ve found out for sure who the good guys and the bad guys are, there is little left to remain in one‚??s seat for. Apart from the final scene, that is.
Super Reviewer
June 21, 2009
This has all the makings of an Alfred Hitchcock Thriller, and I am told that he almost directed it. Charlton Heston and Gary Cooper combine there talents to make a truly unheard of 5 star film. My biggest surprise was that only 42 other people have review / seen this movie on Flixster. No matter what part of this Universe you are from this is a must see movie. Charlton Heston plays the part of a salvage captain. He finds the Mary Deare afloat on the open seas, right from the start when he boards her the action begins. On board he finds Gary Cooper the only man left on board the sinking vessel, which they save by beaching her on the shoals. Onboard is a mystery cargo, as Cooper believes he was left onboard to go down with the ship for insurance purposes. Though when have a somewhat young Heston, in one scene Cooper was a little old to be floundering around in the water. But this is one of the unheard of greats of old school films. Rent, Buy, Beg, But not steal a copy and sit down on a nice night, unhook the phone and enjoy. 5 stars.
December 10, 2008
A typical movie about honor and truth of that time... I liked cary cooper in his role and the plot was progressing slowly but steady... Heston was a bit dull/ lame acting, but still ok.
August 4, 2007
Very Good actors here.
August 1, 2007
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