Lord Jim

Lord Jim

Cast: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curt Jurgens

     
 

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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--notSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lord Jim is far from totally satisfying, but it's an intriguing film which contains enough worthy elements to make one overlook its flaws. Those who are fans of the classic Joseph Conrad novel that is it source should be warned right away that they will be quite disappointed. Yes, much of the basic plot and many of the characters are present in Jim, but the overlay of moral complexity that is the heart and soul of the book is largely missing here. The title character lets us know that he is living a moral quagmire, but it's superficial: we never really feel that this is the case, never believe that there's a raging battle seething inside the man. Certainly, Peter O'Toole must be faulted for this, as his performance makes the character seem sullen and self-pitying, rather than a complex human being whose contradictory inner selves are constantly at war with each other. But director-writer Peter Brooks must also share the blame, for he forsakes the richness of the novel for a more action-oriented epic approach. While that approach simplifies things a bit much, it also results in some thrilling, exciting sequences, and those who come to Jim ready for adventure will find a good deal to entertain them. And while O'Toole may not provide the depth desired, he's an undeniably fascinating presence; when the camera lingers on those soulful eyes or catches a meaningful tilt of the head, his cinematic power is enough to capture and hold our attention. The supporting cast is strong, the locations are lush, and Freddie Young's cinematography is top notch.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
UPC:
0043396048027
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Lord Jim
James Mason Gentleman Brown
Curd Jurgens Cornelius
Jack Hawkins Marlow
Eli Wallach General
Daliah Lavi The Girl
Paul Lukas Stein
Akim Tamiroff Schomberg
Ichizo Itami Waris
Tatsuo Saito Chief Du-Ramin
Andrew Keir Brierly
Jack MacGowran Robinson
Eric Young Malay
Noel Purcell Capt. Chester
Walter Gotell Captain of the SS Patna
Rafiq Anwar Moslem Leader
Marne Maitland Fider
Newton Blick Doctor
A.J. Brown Magistrate
Christian Marquand French Officer
Serge Reggiani French Lieutenant

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ernest Archer Art Director
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Drake Production Designer
Bill Hutchinson Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Osbigton Editor
Charles Parker Makeup
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Freddie Young Cinematographer
Joseph Conrad Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [9:56]
2. S. S. Patna [11:30]
3. Public Disgrace [9:33]
4. A Jump Into the Unknown [8:34]
5. Batu Kring [9:57]
6. Big Bang [11:27]
7. Interrogation [9:47]
8. Armed Resistance [8:27]
9. A Man of Bravery [9:08]
11. Kites and Cannon [7:38]
12. Night Fight [6:58]
13. Gentleman Brown [7:16]
14. "Tell Me About This Man Jim" [7:47]
15. Destiny... Luck... Fate... [11:44]
16. "Help Me Do What I Have to Do" [14:35]

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