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Caine Mutiny

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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
Format:DVD
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie for Teaching Leadership Oct. 7 2003
Format:DVD
Most reviews of this movie focus mainly on the courtroom climax, but there is another "climax" that is more important. As the movie progresses, we watch the characters develop. At the end of the movie, at the "acquittal party," Ferrer's character takes the ship's officers to task and sums up the movie's most critical lesson, and one that every would-be leader should learn: "...that you don't work for a guy because you like the way he parts his hair. You work for him because he's got the job or you're no good!" This movie does a great job of showing characters who have a great diversity of gifts and flaws and then throws the men into the crucible of war. Under those conditions we learn what Ferrer tells us. To be a good leader, one must learn to follow first, and more often than not you can't choose your leaders. I believe this movie rates on the level of "Twelve O-Clock High" in potential for teaching leadership, and as a military historian and Air Force officer I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Naval adventure, leadership, and courtroom drama! June 17 2003
Format:DVD
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.
This film packs a tremendous amount into about 125 minutes--a crisis of leadership, the testing of loyalty, and courtroom drama--all done superlatively well. This is the tale of ordinary men who are tested in wartime by the fact that they are serving a captain who is a spectacularly bad leader. As almost everyone knows, this is the story of the events surrounding what amounts to a kind of mutiny aboard a US Navy destroyer during World War 2 in the Pacific. The events leading up to this, and the aftermath, are a great story that ranks with "Mutiny on the Bounty" as a naval classic. The story moves at a fast pace, never drags, features excellent acting, and the script is a wonderful adaptation of Herman Wouk's novel of the same name.
The movie merited seven Academy Award nominations, and the book a Pulitzer Prize, all for a very good and simple reason: this is a great story about ordinary men who are placed in a difficult and all-too-possible situation. It is difficult to say whether the aboard-ship portion of the movie, or the segment dealing with the trial, is the better. Both are superb. Jose Ferrer was absolutely magnificent as Barney Greenwald, and of course Humphrey Bogart was peerless as Captain Queeg. Van Johnson does well as the uncomplicated but competent Meryk. The rest of the cast turn in fine performances as well.
Every movie afficianado will want to own this DVD and will enjoy this classic many times.
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The 1954 classic is about a naval captain who shows signs of mental instability and the resultant actions of the men in his command. It's not as simple as that, however. The characters are the key to the story, each one developing in front of our eyes into complex individuals with moral dilemmas to confront. There is Humphrey Bogart, cast a Captain Queeg whose decisions are no longer respected by his men. There's Fred MacMurray, cast as a smart and manipulative lieutenant. There's Van Johnson, cast as the lieutenant on whose shoulders the responsibility falls. There's Robert Francis, the young ensign whose perceptions change in front of our eyes. And then there is Jose Ferrer, cast as the attorney who defends Van Johnson when he is put on trial for mutiny. Put them all together in a fast paced script with enough twists and turns, and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
The special effects, of course, are nothing like they are today. But they were certainly enough. I wasn't thinking about the special effects as I watched the film. I just simply felt I was on that ship. I wasn't thinking about the actors' performances either. Instead, I was so totally involved with the story that I felt I was actually in the skin of each of the characters. Just like real life, the situations were never crystal clear and each choice that was made opened up new challenges.
These were challenging roles for all the actors and they rose to the occasion magnificently. I'll never forget the twitch in Humphrey Bogart's cheek or the way the lighting captured the white of his eyeballs. I'll long remember Fred MacMurray's speculations and the kind of choice Van Johnson had to make. Robert Francis was good, but not as great as his co-stars, and his role was hampered by a silly romance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film Adaptation of a Complex and Exciting Novel
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Bogart!
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.
Published 6 months ago by Ernie Rideough
5.0 out of 5 stars Humphrey Bogart Best Performance
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Remember Amer. Bandstand
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2011 by S. Simms
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 14 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 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. 11 2003 by Steve D Bowsman
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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