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H.M.S. Defiant (1962)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 10, 2000
 R2: 18 Mar 2002

Running Time
1 hour, 41 minutes

Country UK

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Other Titles
• H.M.S. Defiant
• Damn the Defiant! (1962)
• Rebellion (1962)

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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sea, Cult Classic

Tagline: The cry was MUTINY... and the decks ran red!...

Plot: In the historical suspense thriller, DAMN THE DEFIANT!, Alec Guiness stars as Crawford, the captain of the H.M.S. Defiant. The ship embarks on a voyage to battle invading French pirates, but megalomaniac Lt. Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde) has other plans. The violent Scott-Padget goes head to head with Crawford on disciplinary issues, and when Crawford is injured during a battle with the French, Scott-Padget ruthlessly takes command. Its up to seaman Vizard (Anthony Quayle) to steer up a mutiny and liberate the Defiant from the egotistical Scott-Padget.

Based on the novel, MUTINY, by Frank Tilsley, DAMN THE DEFIANT! is an accurate recreation of 18th-century nautical warfare. Director Lewis Gilbert spares no expense on details--the elaborate sets and lavish costumes are of the utmost believability, making the film essential viewing for any history lover.

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 Directed by
Lewis Gilbert
Moonraker, You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me
 Written by
Nigel Kneale
Quatermass and the Pit, First Men in the Moon, The Quatermass Xperiment
Alec Guinness
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Star Wars
Dirk Bogarde
A Bridge Too Far, Death in Venice, The Night Porter
Maurice Denham
The Day of the Jackal, Oliver Twist, 84 Charing Cross Road
Nigel Stock
The Great Escape, The Lion in Winter, Young Sherlock Holmes
Richard Carpenter
The Password Is Courage, Robin Hood and the Sorcerer, I Was a Rat
 Music By
Clifton Parker
Night of the Demon, Sink the Bismarck!, Treasure Island

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