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Damn the Defiant! (H.M.S. Defiant) (1962)

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Starring (View all)
Alec Guinness Alec Guinness
Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde Dirk Bogarde
Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham
Mr. Goss
Nigel Stock 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 Robin Stewart
Pardoe


Written by
Nigel Kneale Nigel Kneale
(screenplay) and
Edmund H. North Edmund H. North
(screenplay)


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6 years, 10 months ago at Aug 2 17:02
Nice carácter and acting duel by Guinness and Bogarde, Bogarde using Guinness´s son as a weapon. Regular action and pattriotism in extremis by Quayle and his men a bit corny. Good Murray Melvin as a false but noble gentleman.

Damn the Defiant!

2 years, 7 months ago at Oct 21 16:43
HMS Defiant, or Damn the Defiant! depending, is another entry in the early 60s Napoleonic Wars sea sagas from the Brits. Much like its brethren, Billy Budd and the Brando Mutiny on the Bounty, Damn the Defiant! is a creaky old-fashioned entertainment during an era when the cinematic landscape was changing. The best thing about it are the central performances from Alec Guinness and Dick Bogarde, an... read more
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Naval drama set aboard a British warship during the years of the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) is respected by his crew as a fair and just leader of men, but his second-in-command, Lt. Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde), is known as a bitter sadist who likes to see the sailors suffer. When Scott-Padget is killed in a mutiny, Crawford knows that he must punish the men responsible, but when they acquit themselves well during combat, he begins to have second thoughts, and soon finds himself in the midst of a full-blown crisis of conscience.
Release date: 15 April 1962
UPC: 043396082595
Tags: Drama (2), Adventure (2), History (1), British (1), Swashbuckling (1), 1962 (1), Navy (1), Based On A Novel (1), Mutiny (1), D.T. (1), AE (1)
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JxSxPx posted a review 2 years, 7 months ago

Damn the Defiant!

“HMS Defiant, or Damn the Defiant! depending, is another entry in the early 60s Napoleonic Wars sea sagas from the Brits. Much like its brethren, Billy Budd and the Brando Mutiny on the Bounty, Damn the Defiant! is a creaky old-fashioned entertainment during an era when the cinematic landscape was changing. The best thing about it are the central performances from Alec Guinness and Dick Bogarde, and everything else is a bit of a slog to get through. Guinness is the humanistic captain with Bogarde as the sadistic second-in-command. There are hints of a mutiny brewing, but it takes forever for the payoff to come around and the planting isn’t that absorbing. Damn the Defiant! could’ve used more of the fire found in the Americanized title instead of the stately Britishness of the original.” read more

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