The Caine Mutiny (1954)

This is an ode to the United Sates Navy that on the surface of things may not seem to be. However, it does become apparent that the film upholds the courage and ability crews display under immense stress and is what makes Americans proud.

One representative of the heroic captain, Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart), showed courage and guts when it mattered, but he’s now sadly reliving his glory days on the Caine, and he is slowly and surely cracking up.

The main crew of this Navy boat suspect their captain is mentally disturbed and his ill judgments are making everyone on board nervous—until a mutiny of the Caine is called for and the captain relieved of his duties, climaxing in a court room drama of potency, to prove the captain is actually sane.

The Caine Mutiny has a mix of colorful characters, superlative performances, great writing, and intriguing drama on the seas and in the courtroom, and there’s clean romance. It is also a noble creature, in dealing fairly and compassionately with mental illness.

Enthralling, engaging, 100 per-cent of the time.

5 out of 5 stars

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