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The Caine Mutiny Court Martial

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Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk, this thought-provoking made-for-television drama chronicles the court martial of the lieutenant who commandeered the U.S.S. Caine during a potentially deadly storm. The only way his attorney can save him is to prove that Captain Queeg was mentally incompetent to safely run the ship.
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Overview

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk, this thought-provoking made-for-television drama chronicles the court martial of the lieutenant who commandeered the U.S.S. Caine during a potentially deadly storm. The only way his attorney can save him is to prove that Captain Queeg was mentally incompetent to safely run the ship.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Before becoming one of the most respected film directors of all time, Robert Altman started his career directing television in the '60s. The 1988 made-for-TV movie The Caine Mutiny Court Marshall continues to prove he is a masterful director regardless of the medium he is using. Although Altman may have lost touch with a mass audience during this period of his career, his skill at casting never left him. Already having put Cher in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and Philip Baker Hall in Secret Honor, Altman assembled a superb cast for Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Headed by Eric Bogosian, playing mostly against type, and featuring excellent turns from Jeff Daniels, Peter Gallagher, Altman regular Michael Murphy, and especially Brad Davis as the deteriorating Queeg, the cast makes this material their own by managing to overcome any resistance viewers might have because of the portrayals by Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, and E.G. Marshall in the 1954 film. Altman consistently uses close-ups to draw the viewer deeper into the psychological gamesmanship going on between all of the characters. By the time Bogosian's Greenwald directly confronts the crew of the Caine, his words cut through the characters and the audience making for a riveting climax. For both artistic and budgetary reasons, Robert Altman adapted numerous stage plays during the 1980s. The Caine Mutiny Court Martial is one of his finest films from that period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396359697
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,779

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Davis Lt. Cdr. Phillip Francis Queeg
Eric Bogosian Barney Greenwald
Jeff Daniels Lt. Stephen Mark
Peter Gallagher Lt. Cdr. John Challee
Michael Murphy Capt. Blakely
Kevin J. O'Connor Lt. Thomas Keefer
Danny Darst Capt. Randolph Southard
Brian Haley Party Guest
Matt Malloy Legal Assistant
David Miller Stenographer
Matt Smith Party Guest
Daniel Jenkins Lt. Willis Keith
Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director, Producer
Stephen Altman Production Designer
John P. Flaxman Producer
Dorian Harris Editor
Jacek Laskus Cinematographer
Tony Maccario Set Decoration/Design
Herman Wouk Screenwriter
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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    A fantastic adaptation of the play. For those who love the book

    A fantastic adaptation of the play. For those who love the book or film, this is a must. While some of the actors look bored, the overall is still something to praise.

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