The Caine Mutiny

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Overview

Robert Francis is at the center of the story as Willis Keith, a newly-minted ensign assigned to the destroyer/minesweeper U.S.S. Caine during World War II. Soon after his arrival, the ship gets a new captain, Lt. Comdr. Philip Francis Queeg Humphrey Bogart, a tough, no-nonsense veteran officer who tries to turns the crew into proper sailors and the Caine into a tight ship, engendering resentment from some of the men and several of his officers. A veteran of difficult years of service for too long, Queeg has ...
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Overview

Robert Francis is at the center of the story as Willis Keith, a newly-minted ensign assigned to the destroyer/minesweeper U.S.S. Caine during World War II. Soon after his arrival, the ship gets a new captain, Lt. Comdr. Philip Francis Queeg Humphrey Bogart, a tough, no-nonsense veteran officer who tries to turns the crew into proper sailors and the Caine into a tight ship, engendering resentment from some of the men and several of his officers. A veteran of difficult years of service for too long, Queeg has insecurities about himself, his command, and his career that begin to manifest themselves as spells of temper over small details that cause him to make mistakes. Lt.Keefer (Fred MacMurray), the glib-tongued communications officer, begins making suggestions to the ship's sincere but overburdened first officer, Lt. Steve Maryk (Van Johnson), that Queeg may have mental problems. Maryk initially rejects these suggestions, and tries to support the captain, but conditions deteriorate to the point where Maryk is forced to relieve Queeg of command, and is charged -- along with Keith, who supported him -- with mutiny. Enter Lt. Barney Greenwald (Jose Ferrer), a lawyer in civilian life, who reluctantly agrees to help them, mostly out of sympathy for the impossible predicament in which Maryk has found himself trapped.
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Special Features

Commentary by Richard Peña and Ken Bowser; Behind The Caine Mutiny
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
In bringing Herman Wouk's novel about life aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific during World War II to the screen, producer Stanley Kramer was working under numerous constraints. Knowing that The Caine Mutiny would be Kramer's final film for the company, Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn made sure the budget on The Caine Mutiny was cut to the absolute bone, and took the chance that Bogart's name, coupled with the popularity of the book, would ensure a hit film. From such a financial and creative straightjacket, a great film was made, mostly by virtue of Edward Dmytryk's direction and some excellent central performances: not just Humphrey Bogart's tired, troubled Lt. Comdr. Queeg, but also Van Johnson as the well-meaning but ultimately foolhardy first officer Lt. Maryk; Robert Francis as the naïve and very foolish Ensign Keith; Fred MacMurray as the glib-tongued, manipulative Lt. Keefer; and Jose Ferrer as the unwilling defense attorney Barney Greenwald, who achieves a victory that has nothing to do with justice, right and wrong, or truth. Bogart gives one of his finest late-career performances, calling up the same mixture of bravado, fear, and irrationality that informed his performance as Fred C. Dobbs in John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre six years before, crawling with little neurotic affects that make him startling to watch. Coupled with MacMurray's smooth-talking treacherousness and Johnson's stalwart performance, plus Francis' bright-eyed, bushy-tailed enthusiasm, the characters make for a memorable and compelling two-hour-plus dramatic experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • UPC: 043396369276
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 21,051

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Capt. Philip Francis Queeg
José Ferrer Lt. Barney Greenwald
Van Johnson Lt. Steve Maryk
Fred MacMurray Lt. Tom Keefer
Robert Francis Ensign Willie Keith
May Wynn May Wynn
Tom Tully Capt. DeVriess
E.G. Marshall Lieutenant Commander Challee
Arthur Franz Lt. Paynter
Lee Marvin Meatball
Warner Anderson Capt. Blakely
Claude Akins Horrible
Katherine Warren Mrs. Keith
Jerry Paris Ensign Harding
Steve Brodie Chief Budge
Todd Karns Stilwell
Whit Bissell Lt. Cmdr. Dickson
James Best Lieutenant Jorgensen
Joe Haworth Ens. Carmody
James Edwards Whittaker
Don Dubbins Uban
David Alpert Engstrand
Don Anderson Radar Man
Herbert Anderson Ens. Rabbit
Robert Bray Court Martial Jury
Ted Cooper Sergeant-at-arms
Don Keefer Court Stenographer
Eddie Laguna Winston
Dayton Lummis Uncle Lloyd
Kenneth MacDonald Court Martial Jury
Paul McGuire Court Martial Jury
Tyler McVey Court Martial Jury
Patrick Miller Movie Operator
Richard Norris Court Martial Jury
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton Court Martial Jury
Jay Richards Sailor
James Todd Commodore Kelvey
Donald Dillaway Chauffeur
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director
Henry Batista Editor
Michael Blankfort Screenwriter
Lawrence W. Butler Special Effects
Clay Campbell Makeup
Lambert Day Sound/Sound Designer
Carter De Haven Jr. Asst. Director
Clarence Gaskill Songwriter
Freddy Karger Songwriter
Stanley Kramer Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Cary O'Dell Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Stanley Roberts Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
Wouk Songwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must-See Classic

    This is a brilliantly acted and directed film. All the leads, and even the supporting cast, give riveting performances. Fred MacMurray is particularly good as a shallow officer who starts the mutiny but refuses to take any responsibility. Humphrey Bogart gives a performance completely different from any of his private eye roles. If you have ever wondered why Bogart is considered one of the great actors of our time, this film will be your answer.

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