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Damn the Defiant! (1962)


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.

Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Produced by John Brabourne
Screenplay by Nigel Kneale, Edmund H. North
Based on Mutiny 1958 novel by Frank Tilsley
Starring Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock, Richard Carpenter, Peter Gill, David Robinson, Robin Stewart, Ray Brooks, Peter Greenspan, Tom Bell, Murray Melvin, Victor Maddern, Bryan Pringle, Johnny Briggs, Brian Phelan, Toke Townley, Declan Mulholland, Walter Fitzgerald, Joy Shelton, Anthony Oliver, Russell Napier, Michael Coles, Andre Maranne, James Bolam

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