H.M.S. Defiant (1962)

Release Date: 18 March 2002 | Certificate: Parental Guidance
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Set in 1797 at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, HMS Defiant is an enthralling British naval drama made to capitalise upon MGM's epic remake of Mutiny on the Bounty, also released in 1962. Based on the novel Mutiny by Frank Tilsey and starring Alex Guinness as a fair-minded captain locked in psychological conflict with Dirk Bogarde, his manipulative, coldly malicious first officer, the parallels with the famous true story are clear. However there were many naval mutinies at this period and this large-scale saga, which includes some spectacularly staged widescreen naval battles, offers a realistic depiction of life in the British navy at the time--from the press gangs and floggings, to the appalling food and living conditions.

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Release Date: 18 March 2002
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Wide Screen
Sound: Mono
Production Year: 1962
Main Language: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

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Customer Reviews

Excellent movie about life aboard ship rather than the battles

Guinness and Bogarde are perfectly cast as the honourable captain and sadistic first officer. Alec plays his stiff upper lip role superbly as always, it's Dirk that gives a real shock to the system. Who'd have thought the benign and lovable Dr Simon Sparrow could turn into such a monster. This film, following 'Victim' (1961) shows Bogarde's no lightweight. I think it's one of his best performances.

Catalogue No: CDR18153