H.M.S. Defiant / Damn the Defiant!

TitleH.M.S. Defiant / Damn the Defiant!
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1962
AuthorsGilbert, Lewis
Running Time1h 41m
Date Released02/22/1962
DistributorColumbia Pictures
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

The historical drama, directed by Lewis Gilbert, is based on the 1958 novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsley. During the Napoleonic Wars, Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) takes command of the HMS Defiant and is ordered to rendezvous with the fleet in Corsica. With his son aboard as a new midshipman, Capt. Crawford takes an even hand with his crew. This does not sit well with his second-in-command Lt. Scott-Paget (Dirk Bogarde), a cruel officer who is also well connected and someone who has proven to be the downfall of his previous commanding officers. As a battle of wills ensues, Scott-Paget uses Crawford's son in an attempt to get the Captain to lash out against him. With the men on the verge of mutiny, they must also face the enemy.

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