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Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde And Anthony Quayle Star In The 1962 Naval History Adventure Film "H.M.S. Defiant", Released In The U.S. As "Damn the Defiant!", Where Fighting Napoleon On The High Seas Meets The Enemy Within For The British Navy! *Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1 Hour 41 Minutes.) #HMSDefiant #DamnTheDefiant #AleqGuinness #DirkBogarde #AnthonyQuayle #SpitheadMutiny #SpitheadAndNoreMutinies #GreatMutinyOf1797 #MutinyOnTheHMSBounty #MutinyOnTheBounty #NapoleonicWars #NapoleonicNavalBattles #Mutinies #NavalHistory #NavalAdventure #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #BritishCinema #UKCinema #CinemaOfTheUK #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Next to Hell, serving in the British Navy was, for much of its history prior to the twentieth century, as bad fate as many a man could have. Terrible living and working conditions for men impressed rather than inducted into its service was all that such a life could offer - that, and the opportunity to fight for one's country. It is over this latter consideration that the the terribly treated men in this adventure thriller must wrestle, within their consciences and with their commanders, when time comes both to the fight the French on the high seas and to wage a strike against the British Navy over their squalid working conditions - in other words, to fight the enemy or to mutiny. Based loosely on both the Great Mutiny Of 1797 (The Spithead And Nore Mutinies) and the mutiny of the crew of H.M.S. Bounty (The Mutiny On The Bounty), the drama is crowned by the struggle between the strong and benevolent Captain Crawford of H.M.S. Defiant (Alec Guinness) and his insubordinate sadistic Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde), and it is the high drama between them that the plot of the mutineers lead by Vizard (Anthony Quayle) is fixed. Excellent naval battle scenes throughout the film make an equal match for the tension between the principal actors.
Frank Tilsley (Novel)
Nigel Kneale, Edmund H. North (Screenplay)
Alec Guinness ... Captain Crawford
Dirk Bogarde ... Lieut. Scott-Padget
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Goss (Ship's Surgeon)
Nigel Stock ... Senior Midshipman Kilpatrick
Richard Carpenter ... Lieut. Ponsonby
Peter Gill ... Lieut. D'Arblay
David Robinson ... Midshipman Harvey Crawford
Robin Stewart ... Midshipman Pardoe
Ray Brooks ... Hayes
Peter Greenspan ... Johnson
Anthony Quayle ... Vizard
Tom Bell ... Evans
Murray Melvin ... Percival Wagstaffe
Victor Maddern ... Bosun Dawlish
Bryan Pringle ... Marine Sgt. Kneebone
H.M.S. Defiant (released as Damn the Defiant! in the United States) is a British naval war CinemaScope and Technicolor film from 1962 starring Alec Guinness and Dirk Bogarde. It tells the story of a mutiny aboard the fictitious ship of the title at around the time of the Spithead mutiny. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert, with a screenplay by Nigel Kneale from Frank Tilsley's novel Mutiny (1958). The film had its world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End on February 22, 1962.