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H.M.S. Defiant (1962)

On the H.M.S. Defiant, during the French Revolutionary War, fair Captain Crawford is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command Lieutenant Scott-Paget whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Nigel Kneale (screenplay), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)
Nigel Stock ... Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter Richard Carpenter ... Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill Peter Gill ... Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson David Robinson ... Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ... Pardoe
Ray Brooks ... Hayes
Peter Greenspan Peter Greenspan ... Johnson
Anthony Quayle ... Vizard
Tom Bell ... Evans
Murray Melvin ... Wagstaffe
Victor Maddern ... Dawlish
Bryan Pringle ... Sgt. Kneebone
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Storyline

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the Captain is disabled, the chance for violence increases. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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They were shipmates at war... with each other. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 April 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Les mutinés du Téméraire See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Joy Shelton (Mrs. Crawford). See more »

Goofs

The fire ship's topsails are set for most of the climax, but when the Defiant sinks it, all its sails are furled. See more »

Quotes

Lieut. Scott-Padget: Ship's company ready to witness punishment, sir.
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Opening credits prologue: SPITHEAD, ENGLAND 1797 See more »

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Referenced in Star Trek: Enterprise: In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II (2005) See more »

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Wooden World
13 December 2001 | by laveanSee all my reviews

This movie is an excellent exploration of the effect that a divided command structure has on the workings of a ship. The characters are well cast and fully developed. We are taken into the workings of the ship and see more idyllic view of life in the wooden world that we saw in the Gregory Peck, Hornblower.

The plot line is good and for people like me who love wooden ships, the scenes of the ships and the naval battles are supurb. If one likes Hornblower or Maturin this is a movie you need to own. The transfer to DVD came out well (I also owned this one on a beta tape) and it is one of those core movies for the history buff.


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