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Damn the Defiant!
Directed by Lewis Gilbert • 1962 • United Kingdom
Starring Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle
Alec Guinness must battle a mutinous crew and Napoleon’s fleet in this rousing historical adventure. As commander of the British warship H.M.S. Defiant, the humane Crawford (Guinness) strives to maintain order throughout the ship against the ceaseless brutality of sadistic first mate Scott-Padget (Dirk Bogarde). After Crawford is injured in a fiery battle with a French treasure ship, Scott-Padget takes over his command and angry seaman Vizard (Anthony Quayle) leads the crew to mutiny, setting in motion a chain of events that will force the Defiant crew to decide between saving their country or their own lives.