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The Caine Mutiny 1954 war movie

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World War 2 had many faces and inspired many movies - some of them showed the most spectacular events of the war, but The Caine Mutiny is not one of them - here we have the other type of war movies, the drama (almost chamber drama) that takes place on one of many warships on the Pacific away from the glorious battles, but not away from the drama of the war itself.


The Caine Mutiny 1954 classic war movie with the great performance by Humphrey Bogart as paranoid captain of small minesweeper, who is obsessed with discipline. At first his crew sees it as a sign of efficiency and shaping up the crew, but with time the symptoms of clear paranoia become more and more obvious. He becomes estranged with his crew and in the critical moment he is unable to run the ship in the way he would be expected to. The events that take place aboard USS Caine lead the officers in front of court martial, where they have to defend their decision to remove captain from the command of the ship.

The Caine Mutiny is one of the all time classic war movies that even though does not show spectacular battles or heroism tells one of the truths about the war - we do not know what we are capable of until we are put in an extreme situation. We are dealing here with tough decision - are doubts about the commander good enough reason to remove him from command or the discipline and chain of command should not be questioned in the face of the enemy. Similar theme was presented in Band of Brothers, where clearly incompetent commander had to be removed for the people to survive the battle, but in The Caine Mutiny the tense atmosphere for people locked in limited environment of small minesweeper is far more intense.

Interesting plot and the great cast (involving such stars as Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Jose Ferrer, E.G. Marshall and Lee Marvin) in classic war movie.


Notes

  • Film was based on a stage play the Caine Mutiny Court-Martial that was commercial success on Broadway and was based on a novel The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk. Well known British actor Charles Laughton was directing the stage play version.



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