The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny
The Caine Mutiny
  • NR
  • 2h 5m
  • 1954
Fresh92%
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Nominated for seven Academy Awards® in 1954, including Best Picture and Best Actor, The Caine Mutiny is a classic film about the unstable Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) and his tumultuous command of an old minesweeper and her weary crew. On the high seas during the dramatic battles of World War II, Queeg’s by-the-book approach pushes his crew and his popular second-in-command, Lt. Maryk (Van Johnson), to the breaking point. After a series of questionable orders, Maryk confronts Queeg when he orders the ship directly into the path of a deadly typhoon. Maryk invokes naval code and relieves Queeg of his command, forcing the crew to mutiny. Once safely back in port, Maryk is court-martialed for treason, setting off a tense trial that exposes the true state of Queeg’s mind. Nominated for Best Actor, Humphrey Bogart gives a searing performance as he is systematically broken down in this classic tale of military conduct in a time of war.
© 1954 , renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh92%
Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

The intelligently adapted screenplay retains all the essence of the novel.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Rotten

A stodgily liberal courtroom drama.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther
Fresh

The Caine Mutiny, though somewhat garbled, is a vibrant film.

June 17, 2017
Common Sense Media
Renee Schonfeld
Fresh

Classic non-combat WWII drama has complex themes.

June 25, 2017
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Classic non-combat WWII drama has complex themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Caine Mutiny is a fictional story set during World War II with very little action. Instead, it's the story of some of the men who fight for their country: their individual capabilities, their heroism, and their consciences. While most of the film takes place aboard "The Caine," a mine-sweeping ship in the Pacific, the tale concludes in a military courtroom, centering on the question of mental illness and the traumatic stress that threatens the well-being of those who serve. The conflict and the tension are mostly internal -- if and how an individual does or does not do the right thing in the face of major consequences. One scene shows ships under attack as they land on an island in the Pacific; another sequence finds The Caine in a violent, life-threatening storm. A minor sub-plot features a couple who kisses and embraces. Social drinking (with one inebriated character) occurs in two scenes. Characters occasionally smoke. There is one ethnic slur ("Jap").

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 24, 1954
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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