1960s

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Billy Budd (1962). H.M.S. Avenger is headed into battle against the French fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and the dark shadow of two recent mutinies in the English fleet concern Captain Vere. He relies on his cruel and often sadistic Master-at-Arms John Claggert to maintain what he believes to be tenuous order and discipline aboard the ship.

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Carry On Jack (1963). The Carry On gang strikes again – this time in the bold, brave days of the Armada, a time when countries were judged by their strength at sea, and men by their naval heroism! The not-so-courageous Captain Fearless is in command of the good ship ‘Venus’, sailing to the Spanish Main to vanquish the foe and earn the glory that makes Britain a proud nation. But the bumbling captain soon becomes a burden to his lusty crew and a plot is hatched to make him desert the ship of his own free will.

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Damn the Defiant! (1962). Alec Guinness must battle a mutinous crew and Napoleon’s fleet in the rousing, historical adventureDAMN THE DEFIANT! As commander of the British warship H.M.S. Defiant, the humane Crawford (Guinness) strives to maintain order throughout the ship against the ceaseless brutality of sadistic first mate Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde). After Crawford is injured in a fiery battle with a French treasure ship, angry seaman Vizard (Anthony Quayle) leads the crew to mutiny when Scott-Padget takes over. Nowwith Vizard in command, Crawford persuades him to join the British fleet to help fight against France’s planned invasion of England in hopes for a mutiny pardon. But when a vengeful sailor murders Scott-Padget, the Defiant crew must decide between saving their country or their own lives.

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A High Wind in Jamaica (1965). The Thorntons are a British family living in Jamaica in 1870. When they decide to send their children back to England for a proper education, the long journey home quickly turns into pandemonium when a pirate ship, led by Capt. Chavez (Anthony Quinn), attacks their vessel. As the pirates begin to loot and pillage, the children mistake the pirate ship for their own. Now trapped on an unfriendly vessel, the children must figure out a way to reunite with their parents.

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Knife in the Water (1963). On their way to an afternoon on the lake, husband and wife nearly run over a young hitchhiker. Inviting the young man onto the boat, the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is knocked overboard, the husband’s panic results in unexpected consequences.

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Krakatoa, East of Java (1969). A widow (Diane Baker), a diver (Brian Keith) and convicts board a captain’s (Maximilian Schell) ship bound for volcanic disaster in 1883 Singapore.

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The Long Ships (1963). A Viking epic starring Poitier as a Moorish chieftain and Widmark as a Viking adventurer who butt heads during a search for the golden bell of St. James, cast from gold looted from Saracens by Crusaders. The adventurer finds love and is captured by a Moorish sheik.

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). On a sea voyage to transport breadfruit to Jamaica, English Captain Bligh (Trevor Howard) abuses his crew and officers enough to anger his 1st Lieutenant, Fletcher Christian (Marlon Brando). When they reach their destination, tensions ease and the crew luxuriates in island life until Bligh claps several men in irons for trying to desert. On the trip home, further indignities inspire Christian to stage a mutiny and set Bligh and those loyal to him afloat in a row boat.

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The Son of Captain Blood (1963). Errol Flynn’s son Sean stars in this swash- buckling sequel to the original Captain Blood about a brave and handsome young pirate. Sean Flynn was the oldest child, and only son, of actor Errol Flynn and his first wife, Lili Damita. He eventually became a Time-Life photographer, and disappeared in 1970 while on assignment in Cambodia, during the Vietnam War.

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