icon Film Profile: Damn the Defiant! - (1962)
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6.0/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"The cry was MUTINY... and the decks ran red!..."


  • Director: Lewis Gilbert
  • Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics,
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 115 Mins

Director Lewis Gilbert told virtually the same tale (albeit set in a different war) in Sink the Bismarck! as he does here in this entertaining seafaring adventure. The richly coloured romp benefits immensely from the experienced playing of Dirk Bogarde, Alec Guinness and an underused Anthony Quayle, all of whom are clearly enjoying themselves as they swash buckles in the Napoleonic wars. Coronation Street fans should keep an eye out for a young Johnny Briggs cavorting in the galleys, but it's hard to keep your eyes off the young Bogarde, who's absolutely splendid as a demented martinet. The maggots-in-the-meat scene owes something to Battleship Potemkin.
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Cast List:
Captain Crawford : Alec Guinness
Lieutenant Scott-Padget : Dirk Bogarde
Vizard : Anthony Quayle
Evans : Tom Bell
Surgeon Goss : Maurice Denham
Admiral Jackson : Walter Fitzgerald
Dawlish : Victor Maddern
Wagstaffe : Murray Melvin
Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick : Nigel Stock
Lieutenant Ponsonby : Richard Carpenter
Lieutenant D'Arblay : Peter Gill
Harvey Crawford : David Robinson
Pardoe : Robin Stewart
Hayes : Ray Brooks
Johnson : Peter Greenspan
Wheatley : Johnny Briggs

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