Friday, February 27, 2015

Cinema Cycle - The Caine Mutiny

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


DATE VIEWED: 02/27/2015

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 5 minutes



SYNOPSIS: The officers of a navy ship conspire and confront the ship's captain who has lost the ability to command.  The officers are then put on trial for mutiny in a navy court.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Tearing down and complaining about a situation only makes the situation worse.  Working as a team, especially under difficult situations, is harder but the right thing to do.  Beware the peer that has ulterior motives.  Rich mother’s don’t want their sons to marry lounge singers.

PROS AND CONS: This is one of the great films.  I have seen it several times and I never get tired of watching it.  This is not a war movie or a navy film.  It is a film about human interactions and how we can be misled by ego, doubt and the manipulation of others.  

The cast of this film alone makes it worth watching.  They all give stellar performances, especially Jose Ferrer and Bogart.  

This film spells out in specific detail what is so difficult to learn in college or from books.  The film explores the concept of social interaction and how certain personality types can undermine a process or situation.  The lesson here is that a positive attitude and problem solving skills can overcome any situation.  So, beware of the nay-sayers and criticizers, because all they do is make a bad situation worse.

Finally, the film has to have one of the best endings I have seen.  When you think that the story has completed its arc with the mutiny trial and the exposing of Captain Queeg, we are privy to the real confrontation after the trial is over.  The final scene of Ensign Keith on board his new ship is also rather priceless.

To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.
Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 
This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on