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Caine Mutiny, the >

Humphrey Bogart , José Ferrer , Edward Dmytryk    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Humphrey Bogart is heartbreaking as the tragic Captain Queeg in this 1954 film, based on a novel by Herman Wouk, about a mutiny aboard a navy ship during World War II. Stripped of his authority by two officers under his command (played by Van Johnson and Robert Francis) during a devastating storm, Queeg becomes a crucial witness at a court martial that reveals as much about the invisible injuries of war as anything. Edward Dmytryk (Murder My Sweet, Raintree County) directs the action scenes with a sure hand and nudges his all-male cast toward some of the most well-defined characters of 1950s cinema. The courtroom scenes alone have become the basis for a stage play (and a television movie in 1988), but it is a more satisfying experience to see the entire story in context. --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, lousy DVD Dec 29 2003
The Caine Mutiny is a great film and featurea one of the best performance of Humphrey Bogart's life. That's high praise considering the quality evident in his body of work but he really delivers the goods in The Caine Mutiny. The film benefits from other strong perfomrances as well. Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, and others all rise to the level of the unusally intelligent script. The result is a fancinating character study that I would recommend to anyone.
As good as the movie is, however, the transfer to DVD is about the worst I've ever seen. The moment the movie started, I was stunned by how much noise was evident. I wasn't looking for it or analyzing the picture, it jumped out because it was so extreme. Every face, every object, every thing was literally swimming with digital noise. And the sound is as bad or worse. No effort was made to re-master the soundtrack to even rudimentary surround sound making this the first movie I've seen in years to be presented in basic stereo. In addition, the sound is flat throughout, with even big explosions lacking punch.
The Caine Mutiny is a classic film and deserves much better treatment from the studio. As a movie, I would give it 5 stars but I deduct one for the extraordinarily poor picture and sound quality of the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! Feb. 28 2011
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I long ago voted this the best Bogey movie. His portrayal of Lt. Cmdr. Queeg is flawless. Accolades go to the entire cast, in particular Fred MacMurray and Jose Ferrer. The action takes place during the second world war but it is not about the war itself, it is about the Caine and her crew. It would be unfair to add more because those additions would be spoilers. The title itself is evidence of what takes place. One of those worth buying and keeping to watch again and again.......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bogart! Jan. 31 2014
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This is Boart at his best. He makes this move. It's timeless. You can go back and watch it again and again. A must for any film collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humphrey Bogart Best Performance April 4 2013
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I have seen this movie on TCM twice and it is a brilliant movie on the subject of Mutiny. No DVD rec'd yet, but the actor who was the defender for the mutiny actions was brilliant. So many twists and turns then the court action ( I do enjoy court movies) and then the surprise of the outcome. So many great actors and a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
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The crew of the USS Caine resents Captain Queeg, who places the blame for a series of blunders and petty infractions on the crew. Such instances include cutting their own target tow-line while Queeg berates a crewman for having his shirt untucked, and later and most famously, interrogating the officers for the apparent stealing of some strawberries.
The mutiny results when, in a life-threatening storm, Queeg freezes up and does not give the order that would save the ship. At that point he is relieved of command by Van Johnson.
Later at the court-marshall Johnson is defended by Mel Ferrer and prosecuted by EG Marshall. But was Queeg torpedoed by the crew with insubordination and lack of respect, or did Queeg go off the deep end? Queeg's paranoia comes out in full force, complete with marbles.
Based on Herman Wouk's best-selling Pulitzer-winning novel, the movie arguably has Bogart's best performance which was one of seven oscar nominations. Look for Claude Akins and Lee Marvin in small roles. Only the unnecessary love-story between a new ensign and his girlfriend detracts from the otherwise intriguing story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Way To Go, Pinntinajeur Jan. 26 2004
By Turtle
In early December some guy (or girl) named Pinntinajeur reviewed this DVD and complained about the price. Not less than month later that price was reduced by $10!!!! Way to go, Pinn! I'm not saying he/she was totally responsible but who knows, maybe he/she is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mutiny on this DVD!! Dec 15 2003
I would have to say I would agree with the reviewer from 12/9/03: Why is this DVD so pricey? It has no extra features, it is an average film, turgid in spots, but--it does have Bogey. Hmmm...then why do truly GREAT Bogart films like Key Largo, Maltese Falcon, Big Sleep, and High Sierra go for around $15.O0? Even the 2-disc deluxe sets of Casablanca and Treasure of the Sierra Madre go for less than this one. I say, blame it on the lawyers!!! I'm sure if we wait it out, the price will come down to earth. Bogey is really great in the film, and the military trial sequence is one of the best, better than "A Few Good Men" but not quite up to "Paths of Glory". So remain mutinous until this DVD is affordable for the common seaman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars But............ Dec 9 2003
............why is this movie so freakin' expensive???!!! It's old and there are basically no extra features. It's a really good movie and I would love to buy it, but I am not paying that much for it. I guess I'll have to wait a few years for the price to come down.
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