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Caine Mutiny

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This is a classic film of modern day mutiny aboard a Naval vessel based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk. The nervous and inept behavior of Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) during maneuvers aboard the U.S.S. Caine a destroyer/mine sweeper attracts the attention of the ship's crew members and it's executive officer, Maryk (Van Johnson). When Queeg's neurotic behavior reaches a breaking point during a fierce typhoon, Maryk takes command of the ship. Queeg then retaliates by having Maryk court-martialed. In a tense courtroom sequence, Lt. Greenwald (Jose Ferrer), assigned to Maryk's defense, systematically breaks Queeg down on the stand. Maryk wins the case but the victory is short-lived as Lt. Greenwald reveals that the men have all been the unwitting victims of a deceptiveshipmate named Lt. Keefer (Fred MacMurray), who actually instigated the mutiny for his own purposes. An all-star cast makes this film one to remember. Special Features Behind "The Caine Mutiny" Part I Behind "The Caine Mutiny" Part II "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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By Gerald Parker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Since so many Amazon reviews of "The Caine Mutiny" (many of them excellent assessments of this great motion picture) exist already (as of May 2014, when I am writing this), I here would like mostly to praise this film as a very fine, cunningly wrought adaptation to the screen of Herman Wouk's enthralling novel. I read the book a few years ago, long before seeing the movie only recently. Having served for a few years of active duty as an enlisted man in the U.S. Navy, novels and films of this kind are of intense interest to me. The DVD edition which I viewed is one of the four discs in the boxed set of three great war films (plus a bonus disc), "W.W. II, 60th Anniversary Collection" (Sony Films Home Entertainment 11527).

The film very wisely limits its adaptation to the core of the novel, from the graduation of Ensign Willie Keith (played by Robert Charles Francis) from training at a reserve officer training programme to the conclusion of the military tribunal that results in the U.S. Navy's reluctant condemnation of the skipper of the Caine (a destroyer/mine sweeper), Lt. Cdr. Philip Francis Queeg (played by Humphrey Bogart) and the consequent vindication of the ship's executive officer, Lt. Steve Maryk (acted by Van Johson), who during the severe duress of a typhoon at sea, relieves Queeg of his command of the Caine, which Queeg's appallingly bad seamanship and lack of sound judgment put into danger.

Anyone who has never been through such dangerous weather at sea on such a small vessel can only imagine how arduous it is for a ship and its crew to survive it.
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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
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!!!! Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Turtle
3.0 out of 5 stars Mutiny on this DVD!!
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... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Harvey M. Canter
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars But............
............why is this movie so freakin' expensive???!!! It's old and there are basically no extra features. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Pinntinajeur
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie for Teaching Leadership
Most reviews of this movie focus mainly on the courtroom climax, but there is another "climax" that is more important. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Scott D. Mattson
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Acting By The Cast
One of the best movies ever made. I have watched this movie numerous times. It never grows old. Humphrey Bogart as Captain Queeg is worth watching the movie alone. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by Steve D Bowsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Naval adventure, leadership, and courtroom drama!
I hadn't watched this film for many years, but recently bought and watched the DVD version. This movie is just as great now as it was when it came out in 1954. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Roger J. Buffington
5.0 out of 5 stars great film, great cast
A great film that certainly ranks among the classics, even by Bogart's high standards. In this he is more of an ensemble player, but he is still outstanding in the role of Captain... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003
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