Damn the Defiant! (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Damn the Defiant!1962

Damn the Defiant! (1962)




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The crew of a Royal Navy ship embarks on a mission to fight the flotilla of Napoleon. Captain Crawford (Alec Guinness) is the firm but fair disciplinarian whose leaves the punishment to sadistic underling Lieutenant Scott-Paget (Dirk Bogarde). The lieutenant delights in the incessant floggings of the crew for whatever reason as he plots to take over the captain's position. Meanwhile, bad food, unsanitary conditions and the stings of leather whips have the crew talking of a bloody mutiny.

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Alec Guinness
as Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde
as Lieut. Scott-Padget
Tom Bell
as Evans
Nigel Stock
as Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Maurice Denham
as Surgeon Goss
Richard Carpenter
as Lt. Ponsonby
Peter Gill
as Lt. D'Arblay
David Robinson
as Harvey Crawford
Murray Melvin
as Wagstaffe
Bryan Pringle
as Sgt. Kneebone
Johnny Briggs
as Wheatley
Brian Phelan
as Grimshaw
Toke Townley
as `Silly Billy' Whiting
Walter Fitzgerald
as Adm. Jackson
Joy Shelton
as Mrs. Crawford
Anthony Oliver
as Tavern Leader
Russell Napier
as Flag Captain
Michael Coles
as Flag Lieutenant
Andre Maranne
as Col. Giraud
Ann Lynn
as Young Wife
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Critic Reviews for Damn the Defiant!

All Critics (6)

Alec Guinness gives a dignified performance as the humanitarian captain.

March 22, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

colorful period piece with another strong performance from Alec Guinness.

November 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Damn the Defiant!


Okay nautical drama blessed with two acting greats in Guinness and Bogarde. Beautiful photgraphy and attention to detail help but it loses it way towards the end and is never as rousing as it wants to be. Dirk is one sadistic and malevolent jerk.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Alec Guiness was born to be a captain...great seafaring romp.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

This rousing sea-faring adventure set during the Napoleonic war stars Alec Guiness as a fair-minded sea captain vying for control over his ship with coldly sadistic first mate Dirk Bogarde. The interplay and politicking between the two is the real reason to watch this film; I found myself wishing they'd get the battle sequences over with so I could get back to the more interesting political machinations. Anthony Quayle provides excellent support below decks as a revolutionary-minded crewman and it slots in nicely with the historical background of the story. If you liked Master and Commander, check this out. It's better.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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